Diesel can be a cheaper fuel than gas, but it also has some unique problems. Filtration of your gas is important with a diesel engine. The bad fuels can have too much water and particles in them that clog filters. The clogged filters will cause a loss of power and poor performance. Here are some tips to help you deal with bad fuel and a loss of performance:
1. Remove and Clean the Fuel Filter To Remove Particles and Water
The first thing that you may try to do after you have bad fuel is change the fuel filter. The filter in most diesel vehicles is located in the back of the engine compartment, near the fire-wall. It is best to replace the filter, but you may not be able to if you are traveling. Clean the filter with clean diesel fuel and replace it. Cleaning the filter will help solve the problem long enough for you to get your car home or to the repair shop.
2. Remove and Replace Fuel Before Adding a Diesel Treatment to The Tank
When you get your car home, you can remove the fuel and replace it with new clean diesel. To remove the fuel, you are going to need a siphon hose and gas tanks to store it. Once you have removed the gas, you will be able to take it to a used oil recycling container, which are commonly found at auto service centers. Another option is to keep the fuel and filter it to remove the contaminates, or you can use it in an older diesel vehicle that is not as sensitive as modern cars.
3. Change the Air Filter And Clean the Oxygen Sensor Located in The Intake
The air filter will also collect dirt from the bad fuel, which will also cause the sensor in the intake to become dirty. This happens because there is more carbon from the combustion of the bad fuel. Change the air filter to improve air and fuel mixture. In addition to changing the filter, you will also want to remove the oxygen sensor located in the intake and clean it. The debris in air intake systems are a common cause of turbo systems not working in diesel vehicles.
When you get bad fuel, you may notice problems like the turbo not working or less power when you accelerate. Contact a diesel repair service to help with repairs to your engine and maintenance to ensure you do not have performance issues after filling up with bad fuel.