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Re: Fuel Additives and such
Use of John Deere Premium Fuel Conditioner is recommended to help ensure fuel quality and peak engine performance. These proprietary blends provide a superior combination of system cleaning, performance improvement, stability, and all weather compatibility. John Deere offers a full line of fuel conditioners for use with all types of diesel fuel, including biodiesel, and in all types of climates.
John Deere FUELSAVER helps prevent microbial growth (bacteria and fungus) that can degrade fuel and plug fuel system components. This is strongly recommended when using any level of biodiesel or Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel, as these fuels are more susceptible to microbial growth.
See your local John Deere dealer for available fuel conditioners in your area.
Use of some non John Deere additives can be harmful to the engine. Additives with the following characteristics will likely lead to fuel system damage, performance/power loss, general system fouling, and/or unwarrantable failures:
>Ash forming materials
:Calcium based additives
"Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF)
'Home heating oil
Never use engine oil or any other lubricating oil as a fuel additive.
Storage and Handling
Always be very careful when handling diesel fuel and never fill a fuel tank when the engine is running.
Diesel and biodiesel fuels degrade over time, so extended storage should be minimized. Straight diesel may begin to degrade after a year of storage. Biodiesel blends up to B20 must be used within 90 days of the date of biodiesel manufacture. Biodiesel blends from B21 to B100 must be used within 45 days of the date of biodiesel manufacture.
The following are recommendations for source/storage tanks:
- Fully functioning caps and vents.
- Keep tanks as full as practical to help prevent condensation and freezing.
- Allow 24 hours for a new batch of fuel to settle before pumping into another tank.
-- Should have a well serviced filter between the pump pick up and the nozzle, capturing any debris before entering a vehicle tank. Tank filters and elements are available at the local John Deere dealer.
--- If equipped, drain sediment and water using a drain valve on the bottom surface of the tank.
= Completely drain the tank at least annually. Rinse with diesel fuel.
+ Minimize direct sunlight and heat to aid fuel stability.
_ Treat with John Deere FUELSAVER antimicrobial additive. A shock treatment is recommended when microbial growth is suspected. A maintenance treatment is recommended with each fill up.
The following are recommendations for equipment tanks:
. Fully functioning caps and vents.
, Should be topped off at the end of each day to help prevent condensation and freezing.
; If equipped, drain sediment and water using a drain valve on the bottom surface of the tank.