Biodiesel is a mono-alkyl ester fuel from oil or fatty acids for diesel engines. These oils need to be esterified before they are used as fuel in compression engines. Otherwise, the oil solidifies in the crankcase and fuel tank, making it incompatible with many of the elastomers used in today's engines.
You have to know the type of engine before taking care of it. Engines manufactured by Perkins are certified using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and European Certification fuels and Perkins does not certify engines with other fuels. Therefore, the first right way to care for a diesel engine is to choose the right engine as well as the biodiesel recommended by the manufacturer and permitted by the EPA and other regulatory agencies.
The harsh nature of glycerides in biodiesel can clean the fuel tank and fuel lines, but also speed up fuel filter clogging. The second right way to maintain a diesel engine is to replace the fuel filter after 50 hours from the initial use of B20 biodiesel blended fuel and a regular service interval of at least 250 hours. The next right way to maintain a diesel engine is to carry out an oil analysis to check the quality of engine oil when using biodiesel fuel. Make sure the level of biodiesel in the fuel is recorded when the oil sample is taken.
Biodiesel has poor oxidation stability which can lead to long-term problems in biodiesel storage. Therefore, the right way to maintain diesel engines is to make sure biodiesel must be used within 6 months of manufacture and equipment should not be stored with the B20 biodiesel mixture in the fuel system for more than 3 months. Furthermore, not using the B20 biodiesel mixture in engines with limited operational time such as standby generators and certain emergency vehicles is also the right way to maintain diesel engines. When blending the biodiesel, limit it to a maximum of B5. In addition, another right way to maintain diesel engines is to install a fuel system in a seasonally operated engine. This can be done by flashing conventional diesel fuel before a long downtime period.
Materials such as brass, bronze, copper, led, lead, and zinc as well as water accelerate contamination and microbial growth that can corrode and prematurely clog fuel filters. Therefore, frequently checking and draining the water separator, choosing quality antimicrobial additives, and not using these materials in the tank and fuel lines are the right way to maintain a diesel engine.
Biodiesel blends can cause deposits in the fuel injector which can cause a loss of power or cause other functional problems associated with these deposits. For this reason, the next right way to maintain a diesel engine is to use the Perkins T400012 Fuel cleaner which has been proven effective in cleaning and preventing the formation of deposits by increasing the stability of the biodiesel mixture.
Choosing a high-quality fuel system cleaner is one of the important things in how to properly maintain a diesel engine. The only cleaning fuel that Perkins recommends is the Perkins T400012 Fuel Cleaner. Biodiesel blends can cause deposits in the fuel injector which can cause a loss of power or cause other functional problems associated with these deposits. A quality Perkins fuel cleaner has been proven to be effective in cleaning and preventing the build-up of deposits so that engine power and performance are maintained. These deposits will disappear after fuel cleaner is added to the fuel and the engine operates for 30 hours. For maximum results, keep using the fuel cleaner for up to 80 hours and worry not, as the Perkins fuel cleaner can be used continuously without adversely affecting the engine or fuel system durability.