Diesel Bug

Diesel Bug

“Diesel bug” refers to a microbial contamination issue in diesel fuel. Microbes like bacteria, fungi, and yeast can grow in diesel fuel tanks, leading to various problems such as:

1. Clogged Filters: Microbial growth can lead to the formation of sludge and biomass, which can clog fuel filters and fuel lines, causing reduced fuel flow and engine performance issues.

2. Corrosion: The metabolic byproducts of microbes can be acidic and lead to corrosion of fuel system components, including tanks, pipes, and fuel injectors.

3. Fuel Degradation: Microbes can break down the hydrocarbons in diesel fuel, leading to fuel degradation and reduced fuel quality. This can affect engine efficiency and result in increased emissions.

4. Injector Fouling: Microbes can cause injector fouling by forming deposits on the injector nozzles, affecting fuel atomization and combustion efficiency.

5. Loss of Lubricity: Microbial growth can consume the natural lubricants present in diesel fuel, reducing the fuel’s lubricity and potentially causing increased wear and tear on engine components.

6. Increased Maintenance Costs: Dealing with diesel bug issues can lead to increased maintenance costs as filters, fuel lines, and other components need to be cleaned or replaced more frequently.

7. Engine Malfunctions: In severe cases, diesel bug contamination can lead to engine malfunctions, decreased power output, and even engine shutdown.

To prevent diesel bug problems, regular maintenance and proper storage practices are crucial. This includes using biocides or additives designed to control microbial growth, ensuring tanks are clean and dry, and using fuel from reputable sources.

Test kits are available for purchase from us if you suspect Diesel Bug.