A big part of managing a fleet and taking care of fleet maintenance is ensuring your vehicles are performing efficiently. If you’re looking for ways to improve your fleet’s fuel economy, you might be looking into fuel additives. There are many benefits of using additives, but it’s first necessary to understand how additives work.
To help, we share a breakdown of the pros and cons of using fuel additives for your fleet:
Fuel Additives Benefits
Fuel additives introduce added elements such as lubricants, cleaners, and protection enhancers. Additives can also affect fuel chemically to improve performance. Fuel additives can help remove excess moisture or keep corrosion and rust to a minimum. A good fuel additive will work immediately on the efficiency of the fuel but should also have long-term benefits. Additives that help remove moisture, for example, will prevent future deposits from building up. Preventing deposits prevents any corrosive damage or poor fuel combustion from being a problem.
Pairing The Right Additive To The Engine
There is no ‘one additive fits all scenarios’ solution, since different engines need different additives. Before adding anything to your fleet’s fuel, check with the team at Motorplex for advice. We specialize in fleet maintenance in Spokane and Auburn and can steer you in the right direction.
Detergent is commonly used in fuel additives for both diesel and gas engines, but it works differently in each. For diesel, an additive with a cetane booster is better. It helps speed up the combustion process and creates a much more powerful reaction. Gas engines, however, are about slowing the combustion process down.
The same consideration in different treatments is also needed when using additives in newer versus older vehicles. With an older vehicle, you want a detergent that provides a deep clean, and you will need a lot more. Understanding both the type of additive and the requirement of the vehicle is vital in choosing the right type. Again, this is something our team is happy to help you with when you come in for your regular fleet maintenance.
Talk To The Pros
The most important consideration with fuel additives is making the right choice. The right additive will go a long way in improving your fleet’s fuel efficiency. Still, if you aren’t sure which is best, talk to the pros at Motorplex. We’ll help you decide if fuel additives are the right choice for your fleet and how to choose the best option.
Book an appointment for your fleet maintenance in Auburn, WA or Spokane, WA!