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What types of water does a diesel fuel water separator filter remove?
There are two main types of water found in today's diesel fuels:
Emulsified Water in Diesel Fuel - What is This?
Entrained Water in Diesel Fuel - What is This?
Water in Diesel Fuel is the greatest concern because it is the most common. Water can be introduced into your diesel fuel tank during the refueling process. Water is present due to condensation inside the fuel storage tank and poor housekeeping practices. The effects of water in diesel fuel can be serious, causing injector tips to blow off, corrosion, and reduced fuel lubricity, resulting in premature wear to pumps and injectors.
Diesel fuel filters with a lower micron rating provide greater removal levels of the water contained within today's diesel fuel. The water removal is provided through the use of a Fuel/Water Separator filter. Today's modern diesel engines produce higher power output than older engines which is achieved through the use of cleaner diesel fuel. This is controlled through the use of slow-release lubricity enhancing fuel filters. Today's diesel engines also have much tighter clearances between the moving parts and the very small nozzle holes found in injectors all need appropriate protection from abrasive wear which is achieved by using media with a tighter micron rating.
Diesel Fuel Water Separator Filters are a vital part of today's diesel engines. Using the proper name brand premium diesel fuel filter ensures a long trouble-free life of the engine's high-pressure diesel fuel injection. Today's high-pressure systems have very tight tolerances. Improperly Filtered or Unfiltered diesel fuel will cause rapid wear of the engine fuel injection system. If the water in your diesel fuel is not removed before the fuel enters the fuel injection system, rapid wear and failure of the fuel pump and injectors will occur. The cleaner the fuel supplied to the engine the more efficient the combustion process becomes.
Types of Water Separator Filters
Some Water Separator Filters found on diesel engines are of a bowl-like design that collects water at the bottom of the filter housing. Water is a denser liquid than diesel fuel, so it settles to the bottom of the filter casing.
Diesel Fuel Water Separator Filter Maintenance
Diesel Fuel Water Separator Filters need to be maintained at regular intervals. If a diesel water separator filter is not drained at regular intervals problems will occur. Microbial colonies can and will proliferate at the interface between the fuel and free water in a water separator filter. Water that has settled to the bottom of the filter gives these microbes everything they need to thrive. Warm temperatures will accelerate the growth of microbial colonies. Microbial growth can occur in any diesel fuel. Biodiesel, being made from plant and animal fats, makes especially good food for these bugs and contributes to the increased incidence of biological growth problems seen in recent years. The regular draining of your diesel fuel water separator filter reduces your risk of fuel-related challenges! If you cannot remember the last time you changed your filter, then it is now time for a filter change.
Why your diesel fuel water separator filter is so important!
Water in your fuel will be drawn into your diesel engine's fuel system. The fuel injection system uses diesel for the lubrication of the moving parts. If water gets into a moving part which requires constant lubrication, it will quickly cause overheating and unnecessary wear. Water causes premature wear on the fuel injection system which leads to costly repairs.
The damage caused by Water Contamination in Diesel Fuel
Water is found in diesel fuel, due mainly to condensation, handling, and environmental conditions. While water is always present in diesel fuel, it is more pronounced in humid areas and marine applications. However, today's High-Pressure Common Rail fuel systems cannot have even small amounts of water in the injectors. The presence of water in diesel fuel systems may cause the following problems:
KLM Performance carries these fuel water separator filters for premium diesel fuel filtration to keep your fuel system running clean, efficient, and powerful. If you do not see the diesel fuel filter you are looking for, please do not hesitate to call us or contact us.