High in Water, Low in Lubricity, Cetane & Stability
Lubricity drops 33% in off-road fuels due to EPA mandates: The EPA has mandated that the sulfur content of all off-road diesel fuel be reduced from 5000ppm to less than 500ppm. Further, due to fuel handling requirements, fuel distributors will generally be delivering on-road 15ppm ULSD fuel (with red-dye added) as off-road fuel – a huge reduction from current off-road 5000ppm fuel.
The new fuel will burn cleaner and pollute less, but the process of removing the sulfur removes much of the natural lubricity of the fuel. Diesel engine high-pressure fuel pumps and injectors rely on the lubricity of the fuel to keep them operating. Off-road fuel users will find it necessary to add lubricity to prevent premature failure of their equipment – especially older equipment. K100-D increases lubricity ratings of these new diesel fuels 20-40%.
Lower sulfur fuels generally have lower cetane ratings, meaning less power. K100 boosts the cetane and cleans the engines and fuel system to restore power. Because cleaner engines operate more efficiently, engines start easier, smoke less and get more miles/gallon/hour.
Lower sulfur fuels deteriorate more rapidly than higher sulfur fuels. K100-MD contains enhanced stabilizers to keep fuel fresh for extended periods. A double-dose of K100 will even “fix” equipment that has been sitting a while and doesn’t start, or runs roughly.
The new off-road fuel also contains up to a 10-fold increase in water due to hydro-treating at the refinery. Equipment with “open” fuel systems where the tank is vented to the atmosphere further increases this moisture content through condensation.
Water reduces the heat of combustion which means more smoke, less power, hard starting, rough idle, poor mileage, winter freeze-ups – and microbe growth. Microbes, which grow at the fuel-water interface, require fuel for food and water for respiration. Any water contamination provides perfect conditions for microbe growth.
K100 seeks out water molecules and permanently bonds itself to the individual molecules, totally encapsulating them with a burnable organic compound.
Encapsulating the water eliminates all water problems, and denies the microbes the conditions they need for growth. Eventually, lacking water for respiration, they will die. And, because there is no free water, the corrosion effect of the fuel is significantly reduced – which extends tank life.