Fuel Contamination Or Fuel Starvation?
When using fuel, two common issues often arise: dirty fuel and fuel starvation. To help resolve and prevent these problems, it is crucial to understand the differences and the different solutions available. Regular fuel checks can reveal signs of fuel starvation or contamination and help you to spot these issues before they develop into serious and costly problems for you.
Fuel Starvation occurs when the fuel system fails to supply sufficient fuel for proper engine operation. common causes of this include blockage, vapour lock, contamination by water, malfunction of the fuel pump or incorrect positioning. In the majority of cases, fuel starvation occurs as a result of contamination. If your fuel is already contaminated, it strongly suggests that fuel starvation may be the issue.
Common fuel starvation symptoms include:
- Engine misfiring
- Loss of power or decrease in engine performance
- Frequent engine stalling
- Engine overheating
It is important to note that the signs of fuel starvation can vary depending on the situation so it is best to consult with an expert if you are unsure.
Dirty fuel, also known as fuel contamination, can have significant consequences if not addressed early.
Symptoms indicating fuel contamination include:
- Rough running engine
- Engine starts to lack power/performance
- Engine is harder to start than usual
- Engine misfiring, pinging or backfiring
- Illuminated “engine check” light
As fuel contamination can be costly, it is best to prevent it from occurring through a number of fuel best practices such as changing fuel filters regularly and draining tanks when not in use. We recommend using a fuel stabiliser additive to help improve the quality of your fuel.
Fuel starvation and/or dirty fuel affect millions of people, but how can you tell the difference and use the right product to treat it?
Our dirty fuel or fuel starvation chart helps you to decide what actions need to be taken next to solve the fuel issue that you are facing. As fuel additive suppliers, we can help identify which of our products may benefit your engine or fuel and help to treat and protect your fuel from starvation or contamination.
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