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Old 12-23-2008, 01:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any way to ungel the diesel

Hi all:
My first post here and I most certainly need some help!! Temperatures here have dropped to -32 below and can't get my Dodge Ram to start. Dealer said is is most likely due to diesel becomming gel and that they want 24 hours and $450.00 to "clear the problem". Is there something that we can add to the diesel to help ungel it or is there a "SAFE" way to warm the truck to get things flowing again. Have an urgent trip to make in the new 24 hours.

Thanks so much and have a most excellent day!

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Old 12-23-2008, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, that's a bunch of hooey, they just want to bring it in the garage and let the warmth of the garage thaw it out. You can add a product like Power Service that will prevent gelling, but I don't know of a product you can use after the fact.

Back home in Montana they are having the same problem, the solution there is to drape some blankets down the sides of your truck and stick a heater down there, the blankets (or plywood or whatever) not only contain the heat, but they also keep the wind out, good luck :thumbsup
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Like Lvin4jc said, the dealer is going to let it sit in the shop, thaw out, and change the filters. You can try some Powerservice Diesel 911. Link is below. Once you get it running, you are going to want to change the fuel filter. And make sure you add additive to your tank everytime you fill up.

Power Service Products, diesel fuel additives, prevent gelling, clean injectors, disperse water, boost cetane, reduce emissions, improve fuel economy
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there is 911 you can buy and put in the tank and your fuel filter witch its probly time to change the fuel filter aswell. you can also get some tarps rap your truck with them put a big heater under it and thaw it out or if you got a heated shop or a friend with one put it in there and thaw it out.


what year of truck do you have?
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Power Service Diesel 911 will reliquify gelled fuel. You'll need to put some in the filter canister and some in the tank.
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Like Lvin4jc said, the dealer is going to let it sit in the shop, thaw out, and change the filters. You can try some Powerservice Diesel 911. Link is below. Once you get it running, you are going to want to change the fuel filter. And make sure you add additive to your tank everytime you fill up.

Power Service Products, diesel fuel additives, prevent gelling, clean injectors, disperse water, boost cetane, reduce emissions, improve fuel economy
Good call, I forgot about 911, but I run powerservice year round so I haven't needed it.
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Methol Hydrate will degel it
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same as they said about 911 red stuff ps. but you will have to warm under truck. like maybe heater that will blow heat under truck. have tarps draped over truck. it will work
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The above posts are correct. An anti-gel will not correct an already gelled fuel issue. this would solve the problem, and I recommend keeping a bottle in your truck at all times: AMSOIL Diesel Recovery Emergency Fuel Treatment

But $450??? They're nuts. All you really need to do is get the truck into a warm shop overnight and get some anti-gel on board. Also replace the fuel filter while you're at it since gel issues really manifest on the fuel filter face.

Also read about anti-gels here: anti-gel explained

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Interesting, a mixture of white spirits(paint thinner) and naphtha........
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The above posts are correct. An anti-gel will not correct an already gelled fuel issue. this would solve the problem, and I recommend keeping a bottle in your truck at all times: AMSOIL Diesel Recovery Emergency Fuel Treatment

But $450??? They're nuts. All you really need to do is get the truck into a warm shop overnight and get some anti-gel on board. Also replace the fuel filter while you're at it since gel issues really manifest on the fuel filter face.

Also read about anti-gels here: anti-gel explained

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So what if there is only liquid fuel in the filters...mine is gel'd up post airdog. Only thing I can do is wait for it to get warmer as I have no garage or torpedo heater.
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I just changed out my fuel filter (it had 6k miles on it) and put some 911 in there + some in the tank and the truck started right up. I too had my first encounter with gelling last week and the advice I got here got me rolling again.
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