plan to help minimise fuel problems this spring
Fuel contamination and blocked filters are the scourge of tractors at this time of year. They are the most common cause of breakdowns as diesel tank turnover picks up after a long winter and usually result in costly downtime during what is one of the busiest months of the farming year.
The following plan should help minimise any fuel problems contractors and farmers experience this spring:
Is your diesel storage tank fitted with a water filter at the outlet and properly sloped to counteract the water condensation problem? This is important because water will always sink to the bottom of your diesel and therefore towards the rear of your tank (provided you have it sloped that way).
In this way, whenever the diesel tank nears empty, you can let off any water via the bung. Aside from water, other diesel impurities include tiny particles of dust, sand, metal, glass, sludge and rust that are invisible to the human eye.
These are the particles that do the damage to fuel injectors; with modern high pressure common rail engines the particles shoot into the injectors at colossal speeds and pressures of up to 2,000 bar.
This quickly erodes the injectors, leading to increased fuel use and reduced efficiency. Usually if you replace one injector, you have to replace the others as well, so the bills can quickly escalate.
If you are having a lot of fuel problems despite regularly changing your tractor filters, the root of the problem could be in the main diesel storage tank. The costs involved in solving this are minimal compared to the potential price of damaged fuel pumps and injectors.