Fuel additives – What do they really do? Do you need them? Do they really help? These are common questions we get with regards to fuel additives.
What do they really do? Well it depends on what type. The types we use are Petrol treatment (Pro Ma PT5), Diesel treatment (Pro Ma DT5) and Diesel fuel bug biocide. Each of these have different properties.
The Petrol fuel treatment has:
- Surfactant controls water by breaking down its surface tension in fuel systems – reduces corrosion.
- Detergent helps clean fuel system, cylinders, injectors, spark plugs and exhaust – removes tar, varnish, gum and carbon.
- Top Oil lubricates valves, upper cylinder area and moving parts in the fuel system – can restore lost compression.
- Octane Enhancer enhances burn regardless of fuel octane rating – reduces pinging and detonation.
- Combustion Modifier smoothes the combustion process – reduces emissions, saves fuel and increases power.
We have found this to make impressive improvements to many vehicles. With improvement in fuel economy along with increased power and smoothness of the engine. I run this in the workshop van and my boat. I have personally seen good improvements using this product. I highly recommend this if you ever use E10 fuel.
The diesel fuel treatment has:
- Surfactant controls water- reduces rust, sludge, bacteria and fungi.
- Detergent helps clean fuel system, pumps, injectors, cylinders and exhaust – removes tar, wax, varnish, gum and carbon.
- Polybutane Ashless Lubricant lubricates vital components in pumps, injectors and upper engine area – can reduce wear that is associated with low sulphur diesel fuel.
- Cold Flow improver helps prevent the formation of wax at low and cold ambient temperatures – easier starting.
- Combustion Modifier smoothes the combustion process – can reduce emissions, increase power and performance and save fuel.
The result have been very similar to the petrol treatment – impressive. With improvement in fuel economy along with increased power and smoothness of the engine.
The diesel fuel bug biocide:
Bacteria or Fungal growth in fuel only occurs when water is present. As water is heavier than fuel, these bacteria or fungal growth form at the interface between the water and diesel fuel and “feed” off the hydrocarbons in the fuel. Water can form in fuel tanks through condensation or transfer contamination from another tank from which fuel is sourced.
Left untreated, these bacteria or fungal growths can rapidly reproduce and cause total filter blockage and severe damage to fuel systems. Maintenance of fuel tanks require removal of as much of the water as possible and a regular maintenance treatment using Pro-Ma Diesel Fuel Bug Biocide. We have found on vehicles affected by bacteria that after treatment fuel filter replacement may be necessary as the dead bacteria will then flow through the system and be pick up in by the filter.
The Pro ma bug biocide will kill and not allow growth of the following:
- Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
- Aerobacter Aerogenes
- Salmonella Typhii
- Staphylococcus Aureaus
- Proteus Vulgaris
- Streptococcus Faecalis
- Desulfovibrio Aestaurii
FUNGUS & MOULD:
- Fusarium Moniliforma
- Trichophyton Megtarphytes
- Cephalosporium Species
- Cladosporium Herbarum
- Cladosporium Resinae
- Asperillus Niger
- Penicillum Velutinum
- Yeast (Candida Albicans)
SULPHATE REDUCING BACTERIA:
- Desulfovibrio Desulfuricans
So in summary – Yes they work and Yes they are needed. At your next service ask us about fuel additives for your vehicle.