I am frequently asked whether old, pre-emissions diesel engines experience the same benefits as newer engines with the use of EnerBurn®. Absolutely.
We understand the vast majority of truck transport companies and off-road diesel equipment owners are small to medium-size businesses who need to get the most out of their fleets. With today’s newer engines and biodiesel-blended fuels, the biggest maintenance problem is caused by the incomplete combustion of diesel resulting in engine-damaging soot and smoke. Soot particles accumulate inside of the engine and exhaust system components usually making their presence known in the form of a check engine dashboard light indicating the need for diesel-particulate filter service or (even worse) a pre-maturely failed component.
Prevention is key
The earlier Enerburn is used as a fuel additive, the fewer problems are likely to occur with a new or rebuilt diesel engine. All diesel engines regardless of year, make, model, whether or not they are equipped with exhaust after-treatment emissions systems will benefit from the combustion improvement they get from EnerBurn as long as there are no underlying mechanical or electrical problems.
The liquid catalyst ingredient in EnerBurn is carried by fuel into the combustion chamber of an engine. EnerBurn is activated by the extreme temperatures produced when fuel burns in the piston-cylinder compartment. In other words, the higher the temperatures, the better it works.
EnerBurn improves the burn rate of diesel during the power stroke of the engine. This catalytically enhanced combustion of diesel is what minimizes soot production while increasing fuel economy. EnerBurn manufacturers conducted studies measuring both fuel consumption and emissions at the same time, on the same engine, both before and with EnerBurn under tightly controlled engine operating conditions (constant load and rpm). View summaries of these test results here.
Many skeptical first-time users of Enerburn want to know that they are getting their money’s worth, and this typically translates into whether they see better fuel economy. While many clients report what appear to be significant increases in their average miles per gallon, there are other valid indicators of improvement. Here are a few other observations that are typically reported by new customers:
- Smoother, quieter engine operation with less vibration.
- More engine power and better responsiveness.
- Less soot and smoke from the exhaust for those engines without a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
- Fewer and less frequent active or parked regenerations for those engines with a DPF.
- Shorter time to regenerate the DPF.
- Lower diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) consumption for those engines equipped with a DPF/DEF system.
- Dramatically lower soot values as determined by engine oil analysis after the first or second oil change.
- Lower values for typical wear metals, such as Cr, Sn, Ni, Cu, Pb, and Al, as determined by engine oil analysis after the first or second oil change.
A number of clients take the more invasive step of disassembling parts of the exhaust system and inspecting them for changes in soot levels. This can be done with relative ease to inspect the EGR valve, exhaust sensors, and/or the DOC/DPF front face for soot build-up. They become true converts when the soot is either absent or dramatically lower than previously seen.
The benefits of EnerBurn tend to be seen in phases over time. For heavy-duty Class-8 trucks, it may take anywhere from one-half to a full gallon of EnerBurn to get through the initial cleaning and conditioning phase. Generally, the higher the miles of service the longer it will take for carbon deposits that have already accumulated to burn away. It also depends on the how that engine was/is being used; long-haul, OTR engines are faster to clean up than engines operating at lower revolutions, and/or under lower-sustained loads.
Through years of listening to customer feedback there are some generalizations that can be reasonably applied to the end-user experience of EnerBurn:
- Improvements in emissions and DPF regen performance are the first to appear, usually within the first two to four tanks of EnerBurn-treated diesel.
- Measurable increases in fuel economy take longer to appear and gradually continue to increase during the first three to six months of continuous use.
- The variability between the maximum and minimum MPG will become less extreme. That is, the MPG will likely stabilize over time to a new, slightly higher average
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