Monday, June 13, 2016

Steel vs. Aluminum Auxiliary Fuel Tanks

Steel vs. Aluminum Auxiliary Fuel Tanks

Aluminum costs more up front it but can save you money in the long run if you are going keep your truck in your home, or in your fleet.  Given the lighter weight involved with an aluminum tank it means using less fuel for all those miles that you are going to put on the vehicle.  In addition aluminum is going to weather better and is less prone to rust and corrosion.  The elements and especially if the vehicle is going to be used in an area with a lot of salt on the road, like places near the sea or up in snowy areas that use salt to control snow and ice.
The experts at Southtowns Specialties LLC  can help you decide which option is best for you, your truck and/or your business.

Why Keep Your Fuel Tank Full?

I was recently talking to a customer who recalled that her grandfather always told her to keep her gas tank full. “I guess he was always worried about me getting stranded somewhere,” she said. I thought about her story, and how we do tend to worry about our kids, our spouses, our elderly parents, but I also realized that many people don’t understand that there are other reasons we should keep our gas tanks full, too. While not wanting to get stranded is a valid concern, the other reasons have much more to do with preserving the life of your car’s engine.

Why keep your fuel tank full? Here are 3 important reasons:

  1. Condensation – Condensation can form in the empty part of your gas tank. In the winter that condensation can freeze, collect into icy blockages in your fuel lines and create problems with starting your car. The best way to avoid this happening is to keep your tank more than half full during the winter.
  2. Fuel pump failure – The motor of your electric fuel pump needs gasoline, which acts as a coolant, to operate properly. When your gas tank is getting low, the pump can suck in air, which generates heat. Over time, that heat can cause your fuel pump to wear down prematurely or even fail altogether. Fuel pump repairs are expensive; you can prevent them by simply keeping your gas tank at a higher level.
  3. Dirt or rust in your tank – Occasionally, dirt or rust can get trapped in your fuel tank. When you’re running low on gas, that sediment can collect and block your fuel filter, possibly leading to expensive repairs.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Cleaning the Diesel Fuel Tank

Cleaning the Diesel Fuel Tank
Make note of how many gallons the diesel fuel tank holds and gather an equal amount of diesel tank cleaning solution. Make sure that this solution is ultra-low sulfur, or ULSD compliant, to protect the integrity of the tank. Fill the tank with this solution and allow it to sit in the tank for 20 to 30 minutes so that it is able to really break apart the sludge and debris that are in the tank. After this time, simply drain the cleaner from the tank in the same manner as the diesel fuel. Make sure to properly dispose of this cleaning solution because it can be hazardous to people, animals, and the environment. There are usually approved containers and special facilities where people can drop this off for safe disposal.

Monday, June 6, 2016

SouthTowns Specialties Offers Aluminum Replacement Tanks for Freightliner

SouthTowns Specialties LLC  announced new, direct replacement DOT-certified aluminum Freightliner series tanks that can be shipped from stock within 48 hours. The tanks offer significant weight savings and corrosion resistance over steel. The weight savings generate better fuel economy, and the improved corrosion resistance of an aluminum tank reduces maintenance. Many customers are using the aluminum tanks as replacements to the original steel tanks provided by major original equipment manufacturers.