Category: EnerBurn

Diesel Fuel Additives for Preventive Maintenance

EnerBurn® is at the right place at the right time as a great fit in the vast array of readily available “after-market” fuel additives. It is growing increasingly common for diesel fleet managers, independent transport “owner operators” and diesel engine mechanics to turn to one or more fuel additive products as a preventive maintenance strategy.

Business owners understand that savings on repairs and reducing downtime leads to sustainable profits. The judicious choice of fuel additives to prevent operational losses makes good business sense. But where do you start?

The key is in understanding the differences among fuel additives and how different types of additive ingredients can be used to address different problems.

It is useful to arm yourself with knowledge of some fuel additive basics.  I limit this to discussion of the three types of fuel additives that are generally recommended to keep diesel engines in good working order, call it engine preventive maintenance “best practices”.  In my opinion these are: 1) combustion improvers and/or fuel combustion catalysts, 2) fuel lubricants, and 3) fuel stabilizers.  These three types of fuel additive ingredients make up a “common-sense” foundation of preventive maintenance for any diesel engine.  The goal being to help extend the life of engine components and reduce down-time. These three additive types should be used more or less continuously – that is, with every tank of fuel on each and every fill-up. This is distinct from those additive types that can help out on those occasions when the situation requires, for example the use of “anti-gel” and/or “anti-freeze” additives in extreme cold weather.

Fuel lubricant additives have become universally recommended by OEM’s since the introduction of ULSD (Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel) in 2006; there are many different brands to choose from.  Even though there is a fuel specification for lubricity that must be met by suppliers of no. 2-D & no. 1-D ULSD, this is not stringent enough to ensure the fuel has adequate lubricity for protecting diesel engines. This fuel lubricity specification is in accordance with D 975 and the specified maximum value is 520 microns. The standard test method for evaluating the lubricity of fuels is ASTM D 6079 in which a wear scar is produced on a metal sample by what is known as a High Frequency Rotating Rig (HFRR). A straight-forward interpretation of the test is that the lower the number the smaller the wear scar and thus the better the lubricating property of the fuel.  However, as stated in the ASTM literature, “it is not known that this test method will predict the performance of all additive/fuel combinations.” Nonetheless, a good strategy would be to select a fuel lubricant additive that has undergone testing of this type and produced results that were less than the minimum fuel specification of 520 microns by at least 10%-20%.  The next step in the product evaluation would be to assess the cost per treated gallon of the additive as product pricing varies across brands. This is a simple preventive strategy that should help reduce friction and prevent wear and premature failure of fuel pump and fuel injectors.

OEM engine manufacturers have adopted high pressure common rail fuel systems to more precisely control injector timing and create more uniform fuel injection profiles. At the same time fuel injector nozzle tips are machined with smaller holes that produce finer spray patterns.  This is for the purpose of producing extremely fine fuel droplets (the technical term is “atomization”) that can better mix with air in the cylinder to maximize combustion efficiency. Under these conditions of high localized temperatures and pressures (up to 30,000 psi) diesel fuel can react with itself to form gummy deposits that will clog the nozzles and disrupt the fuel spray pattern. This is also referred to as “coking” of the fuel and it can be worse for bio-diesel blends that have inherently lower stability against oxidation. The formation of injector nozzle deposits, often referred to as Internal Injector Deposits (IID), can result in loss of engine power and higher diesel particulate emissions. Use of a fuel stabilizer additive will help prevent fuel injector nozzle fouling. Not only will a good fuel stabilizer additive prevent formation of IID it also will prevent stored fuel from degrading under most conditions.

If injector fouling is suspected then there are plenty of detergent-based “Fuel Injector Cleaner” type additives available. Periodic use of a good fuel injector cleaning product might also be a good preventive maintenance practice in addition to routine use of a fuel additive that has a fuel stabilizer will help prevent new deposits from forming.

The use of a good fuel borne catalyst (FBC) additive for diesel applications represents the 3rd plank in an engine owner’s “platform of preventive maintenance”. The diesel fuel treatment product EnerBurn® has a proprietary formula that includes both the FBC and fuel stabilizer additives. EnerBurn® has been proven to increase the burn rate of diesel thus directly improving the thermal efficiency of diesel engines by 5% – 12%.  The benefit is substantially lowered soot levels and a correspondingly lower risk for maintenance issues caused by the accumulation of carbon deposits and soot.  Tests performed by independent third parties both in the laboratory and field are conclusive in supporting the manufacturer’s claim of up to 70% reduced soot levels for in-service diesel engines.  These results have been duplicated across various engine makes, models, and hours of service.  Results can vary between 30% – 70% reduced particulate matter depending on conditions of engine load and rpm as can be expected.  Summaries of some of these single engine tests are summarized on JKG Fuel Solutions website at https://betterdiesel.com/the-enerburn-experience/.

The direct benefits of improved fuel combustion that result from the consistent use of EnerBurn will more than pay for the added cost per treated gallon incurred. A big plus for owners of 2007 or newer diesel engines with DPF /DEF systems are extended intervals between active regenerations, fewer active regenerations and shorter active regeneration times.

When used according to instructions EnerBurn will substantially reduce the soot production on ALL diesel engines, both with and without DPF/DEF emissions control systems.  Soot elimination is critical to extending the life of engine components (pistons, valves, rings, & cylinder).  Eliminate soot from these moving parts and you have just eliminated the biggest contribution to engine wear caused by abrasion.

The FBC also lowers the burn-out temperature of soot thus providing a cleaning and restoration effect for any in-service engine. This benefit for keeping “exhaust-side” components clean cannot be overstated.  As any owner of a retrofitted DPF or 2007 or newer diesel engine can attest the EGR, EGR coolers, DPF, DOC, sensors, and turbo-chargers are all prone to fail pre-maturely due to excessive soot build-up.  Regular use of EnerBurn is a proven strategy and saves thousands of dollars per vehicle per year for these expensive repairs

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!

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