The Affect of Water and Bacteria in your Fuel Systems!
Diesel Bug Information
The first thing that must be understood is that Diesel is an organic fuel and therefore subject to bacterial growth like any other organic matter.
There are known to be over 20 species of fuel bugs that can take-up residence in your fuel tank and when the conditions are favourable the bugs multiply rapidly. Diesel bugs can double their numbers every 20 minutes and one single spore can produce over 260,000 cloned descendants in six hours.
The fungal spores are carried by air and water and can enter the fuel system anywhere along the delivery chain via filling ports, vents and condensation within the fuel tank. Air space within the fuel tanks contains water vapour which condenses and sinks to the bottom of the tank creating an ideal environment for the growth of the most common of bacteria or fungi known as - "Cladisporium Resinae".
Each spore lives for approximately 48 hours and as older fungi die their bodies accumulate forming a slime that ultimately floats upwards into the fuel – contamination can occur rapidly and it doesn't take long for the bugs to contaminate the entire fuel system. The sludge is drawn into the engine quickly clogging filters, causing loss of power, narrowing fuel lines and eventually leading to engine breakdown.
A portion of sludge adheres to the inner walls of the tank and fuel lines producing corrosive hydrogen sulphide that causes metal defects and pitting of the injectors and fuel related components.
Cladisporium Resinae can have many guises ranging from mousse, treacle, candyfloss, cotton wool etc and forms tangled threads a few microns in diameter, forming thick, tough mycelium mats at fuel/water interface. These micro-organisms will consume rubber gaskets, O-rings, hoses, tank linings and coatings in an effort to obtain their mineral content.
Fuel Bug Contamination
Fuel bug contamination is a serious and major problem, fuel tanks that are badly infested with the bug should be treated with caution or major problems will occur.
The long-accepted solution is to kill the bug instantly with biocide; however throwing in a dose of biocide in the tank will not solve the problem – in fact it could very quickly create a potentially dangerous situation. Biocides will not remove the water that the bug needs to survive and as long as water remains in the tank, the bug will re-infest - Biocide is a deadly poison and should be handled with great care.
Environmentally responsible, safe to handle products are available and have been effectively used by thousands of customers for years.
Fuel Saver and Engine Conditioner works by removing water from the fuel, thus slowly suffocating the bug and dissolving and dispersing the dead cells so they can pass through the fuel filter. The diesel bug thrives at the fuel/water interface, using oxygen in the water to “breathe” - without water the bug cannot take up residence or survive.
These types of products do not work to kill the bug instantly; they do it very effectively over a period of time (usually without clogging filters). Other benefits of Fuel Saver and Engine Conditioner include removal of water (which can do untold harm to an engine), lowering exhaust emissions, cleaning fuel system and improving fuel economy.