Being a trucker is more than serving as your truck’s driver. You must also be its caretaker and provide proper stewardship of the investment you or your company has in that rig. That covers a lot of ground, not the least of which is the proper care and feeding of its engine.
Given today’s ultra-low sulfur diesel fuels, you may wish to consider using additives to get the most lubricity out of every gallon of diesel all the time, reduce potential downtime, and maximize your mileage.
There are several products on the market that help maintain clean injectors and lubricate fuel. One is Howes Diesel Defender, which uses a proprietary IDX4 detergent to clean the fuel system and injectors. It also takes lubricity to the next level adding up to 2.5 times more than previous injector cleaners.
Diesel Defender is 100% petroleum-based and alcohol-free. That’s important because alcohol can dry out seals and gaskets. It also emulsifies water, which is important for the wellbeing of your truck’s engine.
Sulfur is diesel’s natural lubricator. By removing sulfur to meet federal environmental standards, it also means losing an important characteristic for fuel system wellness and economy. Losing sulfur also can mean deposits build up and undercut engine performance.
When deposits form, they reduce the effectiveness of each burst of fuel from the injectors. For proper ignition, the fuel must be turned into a very fine mist. Deposits prevent this from happening and the result is that all the fuel may not be ignited. Excess unburned fuel gets eliminated through the exhaust.
Diesel Defender also ensures your fuel system is properly lubricated, protecting fuel pumps, and injectors from excessive wear caused by ULSD. The kind of proper lubrication provided by Diesel Defender will improve your fuel economy and restore lost power by maximizing the amount of fuel for complete combustion.
Howes Diesel Defender is available at most truck stops and travel centers.