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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Care

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. We have engine test reports of fuel consumption and emissions measurements taken at the same time and on the same engine that show significant reductions in both with EnerBurn as compared to without. The tests are conducted by certified 3rd parties under tightly controlled engine operating conditions (constant load and rpm). View summaries of these test results here.

EnerBurn Benefits

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.

Patience pays

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

To learn more about EnerBurn, email jgates@betterdiesel.com.

EnerBurn® Dos and Don’ts

Do check your fuel filters within the first two to four weeks of treatment to see if they need to be changed. EnerBurn® cleans the fuel lines and tank of accumulated sludge, slime, and varnish.

Do follow the engine OEM’s recommendations for periodic maintenance of your DPF to remove accumulated ash. Ash does not burn away like soot. Our goal is to keep you from having to clean the DPF before the 200,000 to 300,000 mile recommended interval for ash clean out.

Do use an initial dose of one (1) ounce of EnerBurn for every 20 gallons of diesel (treat ratio of 1:2500) for the first two to four weeks or until your engine begins to perform better and/or you experience less frequent regen operations.

Do reduce the dose for long-term use of EnerBurn. We recommend a 20 percent lower dose of one (1) ounce of EnerBurn for every 24-25 gallons for maintaining benefits (treat ratio of 1:3000).

Do NOT exceed the recommended dose.

Do NOT become alarmed if your DPF/DEF system reacts to the initial use of EnerBurn with a check engine light. This may be caused by exhaust sensors reacting to the extra smoke produced by burning out existing carbon deposits. During the initial clean-out and conditioning phase with use of EnerBurn, it is possible for things to appear to get worse before they get better. This is especially true for older diesel engine equipment with high miles or for engines that run short haul or have low-duty cycles. If the check engine light comes on it may be possible to drive through it over a long distance and the situation will resolve on its own. Or it may be necessary to get the engine serviced with a forced regen and ECM reset.

Do seek the assistance of a qualified diesel-engine mechanic if your DPF system is not working the way it should. This indicates the likelihood of a problem in the system that needs to be properly diagnosed and corrected.

Do NOT become alarmed if you remove the DOC/DPF and see that it has an orange-red tint. This likely is caused by the catalytic ingredient in EnerBurn and indicates that you are over-treating. Reduce the dose to one (1) ounce of EnerBurn for every 24-25 gallons of diesel (treat ratio of 1:3000).

Do NOT become alarmed if your oil analysis begins to show an increase in iron (Fe). This is NOT the result of increased metal wear, rather it indicates you are over-treating and need to reduce the dose to one (1) ounce of EnerBurn for every 24-25 gallons of diesel (treat ratio of 1:3000). It might also indicate that your piston rings are not sealing properly and need to be replaced.

Do call JKG Fuel Solutions at (612) 209-3079 or email jgates@betterdiesel.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding your use of EnerBurn.

JKG Fuel Solutions Teams Up with DPF Service Shops in California

We’ve got some exciting news to share with you.

We have teamed up with California Environmental Solutions (CES) to offer a complete suite of diesel particulate filter (DPF) services. With our newly formed alliance, diesel engine owners will experience every advantage of EnerBurn® along with a full-service DPF shop.

Currently specializing in engine diagnostics, DPF cleaning & repair, CES is a trusted provider of DPF services throughout the state of California.
EnerBurn is a fuel-borne catalyst treatment for diesel that improves combustion and reduces production of soot (diesel particulate matter) from the engine by up to 70 percent. This after-market, fuel treatment product is a natural fit for diesel repair shops specializing in DPF cleaning and repair services.

Owners of diesel engines equipped with DPF filters, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, EGR coolers, turbo-chargers, and exhaust sensors already know how costly those systems are to diagnose and repair. Many of these component failures are caused by the accumulation of soot and carbon deposits which EnerBurn is proven to restore and prevent. EnerBurn should be part of your engine preventive maintenance plan.

Together, JKG Fuel Solutions and CES provide a one-stop DPF shop offering all the services necessary to keep you up and running – because we understand that downtime costs money. Even better, we come to you. Just ask about our mobile services unit and an initial computer diagnostic evaluation at no cost for new clients.

We look forward to serving you at our three California locations:

We look forward to serving you at our California locations:

  • California Environmental Solutions 1338 N. Melrose #D, Vista, CA 92083,         ph: (855) 501-1005
  • California Environmental Solutions 4830 Burr St. #E, Bakersfield, CA 93308,  ph: (661) 201-8323
  • Advanced Emissions Control Solutions 2695 S. Fourth St., Fresno, CA 93725   ph: (559) 240-6076
  • DPF Filters 2832 N. Golden State Blvd, Madera, CA 93637,                                        ph: (559) 903-3612
  • Rincon Truck Center 114 Rincon Ct , San Clemente, CA 92672,                              ph: (949) 492-3520

Please call for more information, call 1-855-501-1005. Or visit the CES website

Check back soon for some more exciting announcements!

Less is more when it comes to Enerburn

We regularly get amazing feedback from our valued customers. It’s wonderful to hear your positive comments on how EnerBurn has improved the performance of your engine and/or diesel particulate filter regeneration.

Often we receive great questions as well. One such question was regarding the amount of EnerBurn recommended after the initial phase of treatment.

Q: Can I use less EnerBurn after the first 1 – 3 months treatment at 1 ounce per 20 gallons?

A: Yes, we recommend that you reduce the dose to a “maintenance” treatment of 1 ounce per 24 – 25 gallons for long-term use.

For the initial “clean-out and conditioning” phase we recommend one (1) ounce of EnerBurn® for every 20 gallons of diesel). Once this phase is complete, REDUCE THE DOSE according to the chart below to maintain the benefits of EnerBurn at an even lower cost per treated gallon.

After 500 hours of treatment, reduce the dose by up to 20% per the following:

Gallons of Fuel Ounces of EnerBurn
24 – 25 1.0
48 – 50 2.0
68 – 75 3.0
84 – 88 3.5
96 – 100 4.0
108 – 113 4.5
120 – 125 5.0
132 – 138 5.5
144 – 150 6.0

For bulk tanks the treat ratio for long-term use is 1:3000.

If you have any questions about how others have found EnerBurn to work for them, feel free to browse our Trucker Testimonials.

It is because of customers like you that our business continues to grow and we appreciate it so much. Please feel free to reach out to us with any comments, questions, or concerns; we’re always happy to hear from you. Call 612-209-3079 or email us via our contact form.

 

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