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Old 08-31-2012, 08:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Homemade Diesel fuel additive?

Has anyone experimented with a homemade diesel fuel additive? I'm thinking if one used a mix of (1) acetone (2) Xylene and (3) 2-cycle engine oil, one could home brew a diesel additive. You could buy the stuff at Lowe's or Home Depot. What do you guys think? I know some of you guys have been doing things to diesels much longer than I have!
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think I will use my truck as a guinea pig . I have to
much in it . You mess up your engine its gonna get real
expensive . Good luck on your adventure .
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lets see 6 injectors @ no less then 325 each,-1950, possible engine rebuild 5k, saving a few bucks on additive- priceless. have fun..
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If you worried about spending to much on a additive, don't use any at all, thats free. The only time I put anything in is the winter when I worry about the fuel gelling.
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Skip adding all the other stuff and just put in 2-stroke! Cheap and easy
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if you must... some info on what someone else did

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Hey guys, I only asked if anyone has done it! Why? I simply would like to know if someone has tinkered with making their own.

There has got to be chemist out there that drives diesel trucks!
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A chemist would probably smarter than to reinvent the wheel and potentially do serious damage to his truck.

The question would be why would you want/need to make your own? Many people run no additive and never have any problems so it can't be out of need.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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acetone and xylene are both extremely damaging to seals and strip off any protective lube coating on moving parts.
may as well be pouring sulfuric acid in your fuel tank continuously

to put a continuous diet of the stuff in a HPCR Cummins:
kiss your LP seals and bearings, CP3 seals and moving surfaces, injector moving surfaces goodbye.

stick with just the outboard motor lube TC-W3 rated, it's made to run in internal combustion engines without destroying seals and bearings.

lots of anticorrosive additives, good for injectors and fuel systems exposed to suspended water

lots of organic base antiwear additives that DO NOT produce ash build up in combustion chamber and good for high speed injector parts.

Strong safe carbon deposit emulsifiers and deposit dissolving chemical agents.

hell, why should I say anything? I make money off my Cummins stock every time they sell engine/fuel systems parts
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