What You Need to Know About Fuel Contamination

fuel contamination

It’s important that the fuel you use is free of contaminants. Otherwise, this can lead to unexpected downtime and expensive repairs to your car and equipment.

This article will cover what you need to know about fuel contamination, from the causes and signs to preventative measures.

Fuel Contamination Causes

Dirty storage tanks and stale fuel are the most common causes of fuel contamination.

If storage tank caps are loose, dirt and water can get into the tank when it rains. Plus, rust sediment can build up in the tank.

Gas goes stale over time, oxidizing and causing gummy deposits to form. This process is sped up if the gas is not stored in an airtight container.

Signs of Contaminated Fuel

Fuel filters are designed to keep impurities like dirt, rust, and scale from entering and damaging the engine, fuel injectors, and fuel pump. Contaminated fuel clogs the filter quickly, which leads to other problems.

Sometimes the engine doesn’t get enough fuel, or contaminants make their way to the engine and clog the fuel injectors. What’s more, water in the fuel can corrode the fuel pump, causing the pump to fail.

Contaminants lead to reduced engine performance and even complete failure.

Signs of contaminated fuel include:

  • an engine that is hard to start or stalls,
  • cloudy fuel,
  • frequent filter replacements,
  • poor fuel economy,
  • reduced engine performance,
  • rough idling,
  • and slow acceleration.

Avoid Fuel Contamination

You can avoid fuel contamination by following these steps!

  1. Empty the gas tanks of equipment you don’t intend to use soon.
  2. Add a fuel stabilizer. Depending on the product you use, a stabilizer can lengthen gasoline’s shelf life by 1 to 3 years.
  3. Use a designated fuel storage container with an airtight seal. Store it away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.

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