Water Contamination

Water Contamination

Due to water contamination…

Water contamination is the enemy of any diesel fuel injection component. “It is therefore vitally important that water in the fuel system is detected as early as possible”.

The smallest amount of water contamination is disastrous for fuel injection equipment, causing rapid wear, corrosion, and sometimes seizure to fuel injection components of vehicles, therefore early detection saves many thousands of dollars in repair bills, as well as lessening engine and vehicle downtime.

Water can cause various types of damage in diesel systems:

1. Corrosion: Water promotes the corrosion of metal components within the diesel system, leading to the degradation of parts like fuel tanks, lines, and pumps.

2. Microbial Growth: Water creates an environment conducive to the growth of bacteria, algae, and fungi. These microorganisms can clog filters, cause fuel degradation, and produce corrosive byproducts.

3. Fuel Contamination: Water can mix with diesel fuel, leading to fuel contamination. This can reduce the fuel’s lubricity, cause injector wear, and affect combustion efficiency.

4. Injector Damage: Water can damage fuel injectors by causing rust and erosion on their internal components, leading to poor fuel atomization and combustion issues.

5. Cavitation: Water entering the fuel system can lead to cavitation, where high-speed fuel flow generates pressure changes that can damage fuel system components over time.

6. Reduced Performance: Water in the fuel can lead to incomplete combustion, reduced power output, increased emissions, and decreased fuel efficiency.

To prevent these issues, proper maintenance practices such as regular water drainage, using water-separating fuel filters, and ensuring proper storage and handling of diesel fuel are essential.

Test kits are available for purchase from us if you suspect water contamination in your tank.