Diesel fuels by their very nature are unstable organic hydrocarbons which degrade over time depending on a multitude of factors. As a fuel breaks down over time, gums and insoluble contaminants are formed within the fuel stock. These, along with solid particulate and water, contribute to the majority of fuel system component wear and failures.
Diesel fuel that is not maintained correctly within a storage tank in as close to “as refined” as possible can cause the following common problems:
- Sludge formation in tank bottoms
- Acid build up
- Water and condensation contributing to rust and tank degradation
- Contamination build up
- Bacteria and organic growth