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Truck Talk - Water - Be aware when you fill up.

Nate Brekken  | Published on 7/30/2018

Water - be aware when you fill up. 

This concern seems to happen every monsoon season. Your water in fuel light has come on. 

Don’t ignore it, first off! Be sure to drain you water separator, and or fuel filter housing ASAP. The factory water separator systems tend to be slightly under par when it comes to keeping the water out of the fuel system. Draining the fuel system ASAP, will tell you if you had a little water or A LOT of water, depending on the amount that was ingested in the system. 

Damage to your fuel system can occur rather quickly on the newer diesel engines. Fuel system components do not take kindly to the lack of lubrication that water puts in the system. Even if the amount of water is small enough to be entrained in the fuel system (not necessarily seen, but it’s in the fuel) damage to your fuel system can occur over time. 

Strictly Diesel recommends everyone uses a fuel additive specifically for diesels. Diesel fuel additives can help with the water that is sometimes in our fuel. This additive will help isolate the water, make it separate easier to be detected, help lube the fuel system for more protection, and help your truck run better overall. Stay away from additives which will work on both gas engine and diesel engines. Some of these additives will have alcohol in them which will also damage your fuel system. 

Strictly Diesel can help you with your water in fuel issues, whether it’s one of our many bolt on products we offer, or if you just want to find a good fuel additive to use. Strictly Diesel has you covered. Stop by the shop today, or visit strictlydiesel.com.