Getting What You Need from Diesel Fuel Analysis
Just like oil and coolant analysis, diesel fuel analysis makes sure the fluid has properties that allow the equipment to operate when needed and isn’t contaminated with a substance that will reduce the operational efficiency.
Unlike oil or coolant, diesel fuel analysis is unique because testing happens most often while the fluid is in bulk storage or upon delivery. Coolant and oil properties degrade due to continued operation of their systems, whereas diesel fuel picks up contaminants during shipping, degrades over time or grows biological organisms as it sits in storage.
Many of our customers will send in a diesel fuel sample because they’ve noticed performance or a maintenance event – smoking, power loss and clogged fuel filters are all commonly associated with fuel problems. The symptoms will determine what tests to run on the fuel sample, and the results will prescribe the corrective action needed to make the fuel usable again.
However, reactive testing isn’t the most efficient use of diesel fuel analysis because the company will still experience equipment downtime and repair costs. Proactive testing, such as pulling fuel samples from incoming shipments, day tanks or long-term storage tanks, will identify fuel problems before they can affect equipment availability.
To find the diesel fuel test package that’s right for you, please review our diesel fuel quality and diesel fuel cleanliness solution sheets or contact us with your reason for testing diesel fuel.
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