For those of you facing the bomb cyclone this week (and, no, I have never used that phrase in a sentence before!), beware of the effect that the subzero temperatures may have on your diesel fuel systems. If your fuel lines are frozen or your fuel is gelling, please give your vehicle ample time to thaw. And head this warning: Starting fluid or ether is not a cure for frozen fuel systems. Once the fuel lines are frozen, it’s too late for quick-fix products and you run the risk of blowing up your motor. If needed, have your vehicle towed to a shop where they can blow some heat into the engine and fuel system. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Lastly, please keep your vehicle properly fueled at all times especially in winter weather conditions. When fuel dips below a quarter of a tank, water may accumulate which could freeze and cause blockages in fuel pumps and hoses.
Stay safe. Stay warm. And call your fleet team if you need any advice.
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