Why Is A Diesel Additive So Important?

Why Is A Diesel Additive So Important?

Posted by Opti-Lube on Jun 1st 2015

Many recognize the shortcomings with diesel fuel supply and want to make sure we are getting the most out of our engine performance and longevity. We know the process at the refinery to make "Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel" takes out lubrication that is vital to fuel pumps and injection components. Here at Opti-Lube our primary goal is to provide diesel fuel improvement through our line of additives that allow you, the user, to focus in on whichever added benefit you want to attain out of your fuel.

LUBRICATION - For many of our customers, replacing lost lubrication is the number one concern when they purchase a diesel additive. For that reason, we developed the XL blend. We are confident that the XL blend (Extreme Lubrication) has the highest amount of lubrication you can get through a fuel additive. This blend tested superior to our popular blend, XPD in lubrication. Results of that test can be found on our website.

CETANE - While lubrication is important, a cetane boost is also important. This level is measured in numbers and determines when the fuel fires in your engine. Many equate this level as a direct correlation to the quality of their fuel. While our popular blends have a measure of cetane, Opti-Lube's Boost! blend has the highest cetane concentration, an increase of 7-9 points!

ANTI-GEL - Another characteristic of diesel fuel that many need to address is the 'gelling' or 'cold flow' in either regular petrol diesel and especially bio-blends in cold temperatures. In colder temperatures, wax found in fuel forms platelets that restrict fuel flow, mainly at the filter. Chemicals found in our winter additives (XPD & Winter) can prohibit this action.

DEPOSIT CONTROL - Engine manufacturers continue to design fuel systems with higher pressures in order to atomize fuel more completely. With injector nozzles continuing to get smaller and smaller, many as small as a human hair, 'deposit control' continues to be an ever increasing concern. An uneven spray pattern can not only effect performance but also fuel economy. Whether you look at our single use cleaner (Single Clean) or our continual use additives, cleaners can be found in Opti-Lube's blends that address these issues head on in order to get those nozzles operating the way they were intended.

WATER CONTROL - Finally 'moisture control' is a concern for many who have a concern about water found in their fuel. Believe me, water can cause real problems in diesel engines. Demulsifiers are what keep water contamination out of suspension and keep it separated from fuel. Most engine manufacturers recommend using demulsifiers and not emulsifiers. You can find a measure of dimulsification in all our diesel additives, except 'Boost!'.

With these five issues in mind, we have blended chemicals to address each one of these issues to allow you, the end user, to focus in on what you want to address.

With XPD, our most popular product, you get an all around blend that not only tested #1 in the "Spicer" test for lubricity, but also addresses the other issues in measure. XPD gives you the most balanced additive possible and can address any fuel concern you may have in one easy step.

With Summer+ you get most of the protection and benefits of lubrication without an anti-gel chemical for use in warmer temperatures. What gives Summer+ such an added benefit is how economical it can be because of the lower mix ratio, so you can scale down the amount added to your fuel. Most customers can obtain Summer+ for 2-3 cents per treated gallon of fuel. Our hope is that many will see this as a low cost, high benefit warm temperature blend that will pay off in increased mileage and lower maintenance or replacement costs.

Now Opti-Lube is excited to introduce a long awaited addition to our blend options that mainly addresses deposit control, the number one concern of many of our customers. Unlike our other blends, this blend will be a 'one shot' additive made to address deposits found internally and around injector nozzles