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Old 11-24-2010, 03:11 PM   #1
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Frozen Gas and diesel fuel

Has anyone ever heard of gas freezing in the fuel tank. Well the gas in my jeep did. Along with the fuel in my cummins. And it cracked the fuel lines in my sons vehicle. I had about 1/4 tank of fuel and gas in both vehicles. They both started normal. Then after a few minutes they both stopped running.now they both wont start. It got down to -10 last night. Do you think that this is cold enough to freeze gas and fuel? I should of fueled up before the big freeze. Any thoughts or ideas on how to start the vehicles,other waiting to warm up.

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Old 11-24-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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It's not the gas... You got water in the line... Freezing point of unleaded is well below negative 150.... The Diesel may have geled in the line blocking the flow

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Old 11-24-2010, 04:01 PM   #3
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Sounds like moisture in both rigs. Good luck.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:05 PM   #4
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Which brings us back to the wives tale of keeping more than 3/4 of a tank full when it is freezing outside lol. Idk if there is any truth to that or not.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:07 PM   #5
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its water in the tank and fuel system
get you two bottles of dry gas run thru the system.
diesel might become solid when very cold but not gas.
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Which brings us back to the wives tale of keeping more than 3/4 of a tank full when it is freezing outside lol. Idk if there is any truth to that or not.
Seems to me if there's more fuel in the tank, then less room for condensation..... Which I believe is where that theory stems from.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:40 PM   #7
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Seems to me if there's more fuel in the tank, then less room for condensation..... Which I believe is where that theory stems from.
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i drive a ford f350 diesel since 2002 and have added a aditive that you canpickup at wally world that will keep the diesel from gelling.
the low sulfur diesel has the additive in it already. so you should not have that problem with the new low sulfer diesel. but i still add the additive. i've been in -26 to -38 in the higher regions of maine and new hampshere. have had to double key the ignition, but no problem with the diesel fuel.
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:44 AM   #9
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:46 PM   #10
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Hey Now, Castorj29!

Sounds like water in your fuel. FWIW Daddy always said: to keep the gas tank MORE than 1/2 full to prevent condensation in the gas tank, and use "dry gas" prophylactically -- aka,YELLOW HEET: Deprecated Browser Error

IDK but I have followed his advice for more years than I care to discuss, that and hi-CCA batteries and I've had no problems with starting my vehicles in sub-zero temps. YMMV...
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:09 PM   #11
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The gas shouldn't but the diesel will fairly easily, it got down to 19 tonight so I used diesel treatment comes in a big white gallon jug around $13 a gallon
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:10 PM   #12
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Castorj29 wherever you are buying your fuel has some serious water contamination issues. Stop buying fuel there. Its the water in your fuel that is causing the problems. It never gets cold enough to freeze gasoline, and for quite some time now we have been on winter blend diesel for the season.
The vehicles need to get warmed up in a heated garage. Or you can make a shelter and install a heater for each vehicle to warm them up. Remember the fuel is in the lowest part of the vehicle and heat rises so it will take a while for the temps down near the ground to get above freezing.

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