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Old 12-19-2005, 09:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cetane booster?

Dealer is telling me to run cetane booster to help smooth it out a little on cold starts. Does cetane booster do anything or is it just another snake oil? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img] I already run Howes anti-gel all year just half the amount in the summer. I also run Howes Meaner Cleaner one tank just before I change the fuel filters.


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Re: Cetane booster?

From what I gather on here, the higher the cetane, the quicker to ignite.

Running thinner oil will help too.
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Re: Cetane booster?

Cetane booster isn't snake oil. It actually boosts the cetane level unlike octane boosters that really don't do as much as people think, for gas motors.

I like Stanadyne Performance Additive.
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I will second Familyride, you can't go wrong with Stanadyne products.

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Re: Cetane booster?

A side question...Can you guys suggests a lubricant additive to replace the loss of the sulfur in the new diesel fuel that is supposed to be release in January. I have an old mechanically injected diesel that I want to keep running in top condition. Thanks

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Re: Cetane booster?

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A side question...Can you guys suggests a lubricant additive to replace the loss of the sulfur in the new diesel fuel that is supposed to be release in January. I have an old mechanically injected diesel that I want to keep running in top condition. Thanks

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Two additives that have better lubication properties than most off the shelf additives are FP60 from http://www.lubecontrol.com/ and Shaeffer's SoyShield http://www.schaefferoil.com/datapdf/139A.pdf

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Re: Cetane booster?

I think the Stanadyne mentioned above adds lubricity to the Diesel, besides increasing the Cetane number and lowering the gel point. I hope it does all these things. I use it every tankful.
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Where can you find Stanadyne?
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Re: Cetane booster?

Here's some Cetane info

Cetane number

Cetane number or CN is to diesel fuel what octane rating is to gasoline. It is a measure of the fuel's combustion quality.
Cetane is an alkane molecule that ignites very easily under compression, so it was assigned a cetane number of 100. All other hydrocarbons in diesel fuel are indexed to cetane as to how well they ignite under compression. The cetane number therefore measures how quickly the fuel starts to burn (auto-ignites) under diesel engine conditions. Since there are hundreds of components in diesel fuel, with each having a different cetane quality, the overall cetane number of the diesel is the average cetane quality of all the components.

A fuel with a high cetane number starts to burn shortly after it is injected into the cylinder; it has a short ignition delay period. Conversely, a fuel with a low cetane number resists auto-ignition and has a longer ignition delay period.

To measure cetane number properly is rather difficult, as it requires burning the fuel in a special, hard-to-find, diesel engine called a Cooperative Fuel Research (CFR) engine, under standard test conditions. For most practical purposes, people control quality using the Cetane Index, which is a calculated number based on the density and distillation range of the oil. There are various versions of this, depending on whether you use Metric or Imperial units, and how many distillation points are used. These days most oil companies use the '4-point method'.

There is very little actual cetane in diesel fuel. Diesel engines run just fine with a CN between 45 to 50. There is no performance or emission advantage when the CN is raised past 50; after this point, the fuel's performance hits a plateau.

Diesel at the pump can be found in two CN ranges: 40-46 for regular diesel, and 45-50 for premium. Premium diesel has additives to improve CN and lubricity, detergents to clean the fuel injectors and minimize carbon deposits, water dispersants, and other additives depending on geographical and seasonal needs.
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Thank you for the information. I appreciate it.

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You can get it at this link. They used to be a sponsor of this site. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img] there is a chart on their Stanadyne products that shows what each does.

http://www.dieselpage.com/additive.htm

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Here's one more...

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May I suggest one of the best fuel additive...Soy Biodiesel in a 7% mixture, bumps the Cetane value, BEST LUBRICATE out there, Cleans the fuel system better then all the rest on the market, and has a VERY clean burn. This stuff is a wonder drug for diesels.
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Although I know BioDiesel is great for lubricity I don't think it bumps the cetane value. It's my understanding that BioD has a lower cetane value than normal diesel, but I could be wrong.
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