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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-16-2018, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Total Newbie Question - Cold weather.

So... It's my first winter owning a Diesel truck.

What's the deal with Anti-Gel?

I live in North Georgia and in this area we do get some coldish weather (single digits are possible on the rare occasion). However, most of the time we see low temps hovering around the 30's.

I am planning on heading up North here in a few weeks.. they're having highs in the single digits and lows well below zero.

I see some posts online that indicate that the Anti-Gel is needed, others that indicate that it is already in the fuel. Some say there is always a sign indicating what temp the fuel so safe to use down to. I've never seen one of these signs.

Which is it? How do I know? Should I use it?

How do you all measure the appropriate amount? Smallest jug I could find was 64 oz and would treat 300gal. I have a 30gal tank.

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Re: Total Newbie Question - Cold weather.

here in the northeast they start selling winter blend fuel around end of october.(allegedly)
in 45 years of running diesels, i have only had one gel up on me, and that was back in 79.
if you want to run 1/2 bottle of diesel fuel conditioner in each tank for piece of mind, it will not hurt it. if you buy that 64 ounce bottle of anti gel, just add 6 ounces per tank when you fill up and you will be safe to around 20 or 30 below zero.

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Re: Total Newbie Question - Cold weather.

I used Howes in North Dakota and stayed with #2 diesel all winter never had a problem even a -40. I still use it today as a treatment for my fuel on every fill up

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Re: Total Newbie Question - Cold weather.

I worked on a truck recently had issues intermittently with fuel pressure. Just make sure the white paper insert inside of the cap of the treatment bottle doesnt end of in the fuel tank. :)
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Re: Total Newbie Question - Cold weather.

Thanks for your responses.

I'm still confused though.. I think I'm going to just use it in the winter months to be safe.. the brand I bought is Lucas.

Not really sure if it's required but since I don't see signs that indicate it has been treated at stations down here I'd rather be safe than sorry.

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Re: Total Newbie Question - Cold weather.

Hah, Northern Georgia, thats cute. :P

Always use your block heater if possible, yes I'm the guy at your hotel with an extension cord winding up the stairs. The anti-gel additive does help I guess, just pour some in when you get gas. Remember that your glow plugs are on for about 2min, don't try and start right away; bundle up, listen to your favorite song for a bit, then crank.
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Re: Total Newbie Question - Cold weather.

I use power service in all my diesels all year long. Off road equipment too
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Hah, Northern Georgia, thats cute.

Always use your block heater if possible, yes I'm the guy at your hotel with an extension cord winding up the stairs. The anti-gel additive does help I guess, just pour some in when you get gas. Remember that your glow plugs are on for about 2min, don't try and start right away; bundle up, listen to your favorite song for a bit, then crank.
Yeah yeah yeah.. lol. I'm not as worried about northern Georgia but I am between the mountains and Atlanta so we do see some single digits on the occasion. Yes, some of Georgia does actually get snow.

It's also my first Diesel and I'm a little uncertain about all this yet.

It's mostly when I go North this winter up to SoDak, Neb, and IA.

I bought some 9 oz squeeze bottles that seal up well. I filled those with Lucas Anti-Gel and will throw about 6oz in the tank whenever I fill up (a complete tank). The bottles are nice because they have measurements on the outside of the bottle and make it easy if I'm.just doing a half tank of fuel.

They fit nice in the door cubby and don't leak.



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Re: Total Newbie Question - Cold weather.

That is a great idea, I like it

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