Diesel Essentials for Winter

Winter diesel tipsIts been a year since you’ve prepped your fleet for winter, and Ricochet Fuel knows it is easy to overlook proper diesel procedures for cold weather. Today’s post offers a quick and helpful reminder to ensure your diesel vehicle is Ricochet-ready for winter temperatures.

Invest in blended fuel

Gelled equipment is an unwanted discovery any day, let alone a frigid winter morning. Gelling occurs when standard diesel falls at about 15 degrees, although you will likely notice a change in fuel quality already at 20 degrees. Once fuel is gelled, it clogs your truck’s entire fuel system, preventing fuel flow.

Keep your fleet moving by investing in winter-ready diesel. Blended fuels, such as Diesel No. 1 and 2, or anti-gel fuel additivities, combined with Diesel No. 2 during fueling, are key to ensuring proper lubrication during winter. These types of diesel can be used year-round in your vehicle(s). In addition, keep snow away from your tank, and top off your tank daily to prevent condensation.

Use a block heater

A block heater warms the engine, warming and thinning the oil to promote lubrication. Block heaters are common, but so too is forgetting to check that they’re working before the extreme cold arrives. Use this helpful guide to check your block heater today.

Winterize your vehicle

The cold temps can be challenging for more than diesel. Check vehicle seals, windows and doors to ensure your cab is ready for the cold. Give special attention to your fleet’s electrical system, testing your battery, inventing in a second back-up battery, and potentially even scheduling a preseason maintenance check with your dealer for your fleet.

Are you ready for colder temps? Check in with the specialists at Ricochet Fuel to ensure your team is prepared for winter. For more information about diesel and other fuel services, contact Ricochet Fuel today.

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