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Gelled Diesel Fuel Filter

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by jpell, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. jpell

    jpell Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    So the problem has now been taken care of, so I thought I'd share the pic with all of you guys. I fired up my pickup this morning fine with no problems, but 15-20 miles down the road started to notice some real problems. I have never added an additives or anything to my pickup before, which, from now on, it looks like I will be adding additive from now on. The diesel specialist I work with said it was the worst gel up on a filter he has ever seen.

  2. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    I have had one that looked like that on a used Dodge I got from SoCal. I buy all my fuel from one local dealer and never had a problem a 05 I got new. At 30000 miles I replaced the filter and it looked like new. I run PS in the winter just because I do not want to gel up at 2am in -35 weather.
    So I think it realy matters how the fuel is handled before you get it.
  3. jpell

    jpell Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    Ya, I usually, get my fuel from one or two places. I guess talking about fuel gelling yesterday jinx my luck of never adding additives to my tanks. Luckily everything wasn't gelled up, and I could get my truck into the shop. I think its time to stick to one fuel station. I did drop to -20 here last night, and it hasn't broken 0 in the last week.
  4. 99LsSilverado

    99LsSilverado Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    It looks like there is alot of biodiesel in that fuel. What is the percent they mix in the fuel?
  5. jpell

    jpell Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I honestly couldn't tell you. I will have to look it up sometime.
  6. MR. Elite

    MR. Elite Senior Member
    from E Town
    Messages: 542

    That is absolutely insane!!! I have not only NEVER in my life seen a filter that waxed up, but REALLY shocked U actually made 15+ miles with that!!
    Deff good that U caught that B4 it was 2 late, n damaged anything else brother!
  7. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,222

    I use an additive all year the power service one , you can't depend on the station to have the proper amount to think out fuel and condition it.
  8. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,594

    When was the last time that filter was changed?

    I agree with the others who've said that the bio fuel is the culprit. But I also think that the filter is pretty old too.

    You can buy additive specifically for bio diesel so make sure that's the route you go.
  9. Landcare - Mont

    Landcare - Mont Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    "Summer" diesel. We had the same thing happen with the 3 diesel units we use year-round. Winter came in here fast and cold in November/December and we ran those machines without putting any diesel-fuel conditioner in the already-full tanks. Ended up having to add some very expensive conditioner to the entire 1,000-gallon tank to make sure it didn't happen to anything else. After November 1st, the refineries up here automatically add winter conditioners to the fuel.
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    I'm not concerned about the last time it was changed.

    I agree it looks like the gooo from bio fuel.
    In mn we have 5% bio and yes some are still using it with #1.

    some have had troubles this winter with fall-out.

    I use Howes which is compatible with Biofuel.

    Here is what is going on with some.
    The norm use to be you filtered down the fuel to around 7-8 microns, now the mfg's and some truck owners think filtering it down to 3-4 microns is better.
    The folks with low micron filters are seeing them get clogged up with bio as a result.

    buy a couple of filters to have on hand and treat your fuel, it's cheep insurance.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2014
  11. FF/P215

    FF/P215 Senior Member
    from 01085
    Messages: 177

    Woof, looks like fun! I've never had around here, but I know a buddy of mine had a problem with his Dodge. I run an additive too all year, definitely don't want that to happen!
  12. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    I'm sure mine looks like that as well. When we had a really cold snap here about a month ago I hadn't put any additive in my fuel and it gelled up hard. Had to get towed to my dealership to let it thaw out. They were out of filters as they had run through their entire stock taking care of everybody else's vehicles that got there before me. I ordered a few of them and they still haven't called me telling me that they're in stock (I'm going to have to call them now that I think about it). Anyway, my check engine light came on and I took it back to have them read the code and it was low fuel pressure. Mechanic told me it won't hurt the engine to run it as is until the filters come in. I only had 11K on my filter.
  13. jpell

    jpell Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    the filter was a little old, about 5k over spec for changing it out. I must have lost track or forgot when I had change the filter prior to this change. The day that it happened to my truck it was -15 out and the entire previous week we had lows like that and during the day it never got over 0. It was just a run of bad luck since I had talked to a buddy in Alaska who had asked if I added anything or If I was having gelling issues the day before. still pretty crazy that it looked so bad.
  14. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,761

    Haven't had a single problem with my 6.0. My trucks an outside truck and I'v always used PS on every fill up in the winter. 10K mile fuel filter changes and 3K mile oil changes never a day late. I order 2 sets at a time and keep a set in the truck.
  15. ABDIRT

    ABDIRT Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Hey Jpell, Looks like you plow across the street from me. Usually we are safe on the western slop from gelling but, just incase I keep a bottle of 911 in the truck and give a splash to the tank when I see the temps drop below -5.
  16. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    You should only be using the 911 when the truck starts to gel up, it's very hard on the filters. You're better off using the white bottle at each fill-up.