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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone use Howes diesel treatment just got my truck back from dealer 4 new injectors,and fuel pump was told to add with next couple fill ups what does everyone use i never added anything 116000mi
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Start with these: ARCHOIL products OR Rev-x additives. What we use in the 6.0's.Pretty much adopted by us who run this engine as tried and true. I also run Diesel -Kleen as well. There are others as well/ Stanadyne and Opti-Lube. May I ask what filters you run,what oil/weight? What year truck?...b

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Im using Archoil in the oil and the fuel.....

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I have had great luck with Hot Shots Secret. I do monitor my fuel pressure (blue spring installed) and get around 70psi. I am running all original injectors with Rotella T6

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2006 CREWCAB dually all stock change oil every 5500miles 15-40 shell and fuels 10000 with ford filters change anti 55000 i never added anything into the fuel tank living in NEPA
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Great info. If you migrate to syn oil, the 6.0's love it. Also do a fuel additive as mentioned earlier for lubricity, you should go many more miles...b

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As stated you should switch to a 5w40 better at startup and your injector will like you for it. I use the Ford stuff works for me.
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Here is a link to a study that shows the what and the why for fuel additives: Lubricity Additive Study Results - Diesel Place : Chevrolet and GMC Diesel Truck Forums

The key point to get is here: "The U.S. standard for diesel fuel says a commercially available diesel fuel should produce a wear scar of no greater than 520 microns. The Engine Manufacturers Association had requested a standard of a wear scar no greater than 460 microns, typical of the pre-ULSD fuels. Most experts agree that a 520 micron standard is adequate, but also that the lower the wear scar the better."

The scar test number for the fuel is what can hurt the injectors. It is said to be what is really hurting the high pressure fuel pumps in the new diesel engines from a lot of manufacturers - Bosch says the pump needs 460 scar fuel, while US suppliers are pumping 520 scar fuel, and the pumps are failing. When they fail, they take out the engine putting aluminium shards through the entire fuel system. I don't have any info on what the 520 scar fuel does specifically to our injectors and the 6.0 does not have a high pressure fuel pump to worry about.

For my fellow Canadians - the Canada standard for fuel lubricity is 460 scar, and we are just now going to mandated 2% biodiesel. We just don't have the fuel issues that US owners do, but if we travel in the US, we need to stock up on and use a fuel additive to be safe. Also - whatever fuel additive you choose should NOT contain alcohol. Alcohol does a good job of absorbing water from fuel and sending in through the fuel system, and we all know that water in fuel is bad - the fuel filters cannot filter out the water-absorbed alcohol and it gets into the injectors. There are other additives that get rid of water and don't allow it to be passed through the water separator in the fuel filter system.


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I ran Howe's after I first bought my truck it stayed in freezing environment, now, pay attention to this part. I do not blame Howe's it could have all been just coincidence but I had multiple injector failures which eventually lead to head trauma and wall scarification. The dealership making the repairs told me to discontinue the use of cleaners and fuel additives. But ever since I started using the stuff in the gray bottle at Walmart i think it's called diesel Kleen by power service in every tankful I have had alot less problems and the truck runs good and smooth unless I fillip and let it sit parked for about two weeks

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Wondering who makes the Ford Additive?
Lowest bidder?

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