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Old 03-05-2005, 11:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How long does diesel fuel stay good

after its been pumped...how long can it sit before it cant be used? reason i ask is because i have had about 10 gallons sitting in my rear tank for about 6 months bc the fuel selector switch wasnt working properly. i fixed it this week and put some power service in it...jw how long its good for. thanks

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BTW...i think i paid about $1.69/gal for this fuel at the time [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: How long does diesel fuel stay good

The bad thing about diesel is that it can collect water and grow algea. If you have used a cood conditioner like Power Service or Standadyn, you might be OK. If you can, draw some fuel out of the tank and look at it to see if there is any funk in there.
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Re: How long does diesel fuel stay good

I would say fill it up and keep on strokin'.
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Re: How long does diesel fuel stay good

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I would say fill it up and keep on strokin'.

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Agreed. We have diesel powered equipment that we only run once
a year. --- we just start it up and use it.

while algae and water can be problems.--- it is much less prone to
'aging' than gas which loves to evaporate and leave gum where you don't need gum---and an engine that won't run.
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Re: How long does diesel fuel stay good

cool...used up the rest of what was in there and filled it back up with fresh tonight. truck did seem to run a little rougher than normal but all is well. probably change the fuel filter and go on from there. thanks [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Re: How long does diesel fuel stay good

don't forget the diesel drugs. clogged injectors can cause problems
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Re: How long does diesel fuel stay good

Yup, pretty much what everyone else has been saying here.

Diesel has a pretty high "flash point" or the temperature at which the liquid turns to vapor. Gasoline, on the other hand, has a low flash point. What happens with gas is the most flammable part evaporates first at room temperature and if you leave it long enough you end up with varnish. As long as you don't store Diesel in an oven it'll pretty much last forever.

Ever throw a match in a puddle of Diesel? The match will go out (unless the puddle has been heated to the point of seeing visible white vapor). Diesel will also readily ignite in a fine mist or spray because the droplets are atomized or almost atomized at this point, kind of a "forced evaporation".

It's kind of like asking "how long will motor oil last"? But, as other people have said there are some strains of algae that just love Diesel fuel, throw in a little H2O and you have a slimy mess.
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Re: How long does diesel fuel stay good

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The big thing is to top the tank off completely when storing. Other wise you get condensation from the moister in the air in the tank.

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