"The result of the extreme pressure and heat can literally “cook” typical #2 diesel fuel, resulting in fouled fuel that re-circulates in the fuel system." -Neil Hoff

Did you know diesel engine manufacturers have modified their engine designs in order to meet new EPA specifications for reduced emissions? This is a good thing because it means better efficiency and cleaner air for our environment, but it also means we need to change the way we think about our fuel. If you own a new diesel vehicle – or are in the market for one – here are a few things you should know:

Diesel fuel engines burn hotter and operate under extreme pressure

Newer engines operate under higher temperatures and pressures than ever before. Imagine the entire weight of an 18-wheeler … put within one square inch (about the size of a postage stamp). That gives you an idea of the amount of pressure going through a single fuel injector.

Under extreme pressure, the temperature of fuel increases. The result of the extreme pressure and heat can literally “cook” typical #2 diesel fuel, resulting in fouled fuel that re-circulates in the fuel system. This leads to a number of problems, including injector failure, clogged filters, reduced efficiency, power loss, poor starting, costly repairs and even engine failures.

Fortunately, there’s a solution. Cenex® Premium Diesel Fuels are specially formulated with an additive package designed for new fuel systems. Users who have made the switch from a standard #2 diesel to a Cenex Premium Diesel report that it’s effective at eliminating the problems mentioned above. (For more information, visit cenex.com/roadmasterxl.)

There may be an “extra” cap next to your fuel tank

That extra cap near the fuel tank is for Diesel Engine Fluid (DEF), an operating fluid required by Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems. DEF is injected into hot exhaust as a fine mist and passes over a catalyst, to convert NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions into nitrogen gas and water vapor – effectively reducing NOx emissions to the levels required by EPA.

A clear, odorless solution of urea and water, DEF is not explosive, flammable, toxic or subject to any hazardous product regulations. DEF is increasingly becoming available at public fueling stations, truck stops, automatic filling stations, chemical distribution depots and truck dealerships; its shelf life is about 12 months.

-Neil Hoff, CHS Manager of Product Marketing for Refined Fuels

 

Cenexpert - Greg McAfee

“Independent tests have proven that using Cenex premium lubricants with Cenex premium fuels reduces the need for repairs, extends your engine life and results in more power.” -Greg McAfee

We hope you have heard the buzz about the benefits of using Cenex® premium diesel fuels. These fuels are specially designed with additives formulated to deliver 4.5% more power, quicker starts and better fuel economy. But, premium diesel fuel is not the only Cenex product that is indispensable for keeping your equipment running at peak performance. Cenex lubricants are also custom formulated to meet or exceed all major manufacturers’ requirements, and they’re industry certified to stand up to all the demands of farming. Cenex offers different lubricants that have all been specifically formulated to properly lubricate, protect and extend the life of a wide variety of engine types.

Now, imagine all the benefits you could experience by using Cenex premium diesel fuel and Cenex lubricants. Independent tests have proven that using Cenex premium lubricants with Cenex premium fuels reduces the need for repairs, extends your engine life and results in more power. With its Total Protection Plan Warranty™, Cenex gives its customers peace of mind that their equipment will work when they need it. The Total Protection Plan offers 10 years or 10,000 hours of engine and transmission coverage when you use Ruby Fieldmaster® premium diesel and Cenex lubricants exclusively. Seriously, that’s all it takes. Access to this great protection service is yours just for using products that already benefit your business.

The Total Protection Plan Warranty

• Covers new equipment for up to 10 years or 10,000 hours, while helping to ensure that only quality Cenex products go into your equipment.

• Covers a wide variety of equipment with a hassle-free claims process and zero loopholes it is fully transferable.

• Has no burden of proof and no deductible, which can really pay off and help keep things moving during crunch times like planting and harvest.

• Offers a minimal enrollment fee for a no-fault insurance policy – that helps keeps you in the fields when you need to be there.

For more information about this warranty and to download an application, visit our site. Also, for every 100 gallons of Cenex lubricants you buy from now until Jan. 31, 2012, you will receive a $75 gift card for Applebee’s®, Cabela’s®, Cenex® or Sears®. See your local dealer for details. Start stocking up and begin to see the benefits in your equipment today.

-Greg McAfee, CHS Director of Marketing for Lubricants

 

 

Cenexpert - Neil Hoff

“As you start thinking about the coming planting season, know that the increased cost of switching to Cenex Premium Diesel fuel is worth the investment.” -Neil Hoff

Although it feels like farmers just wrapped up their harvest, it’s already time to start planning purchases for next spring. Often overlooked, a fuel purchase is an important investment that can affect how well trucks, tractors and combines perform when it’s time to get back into the fields.

Have you been using #2 diesel fuel – fuels without any added benefits – to power your equipment? What you may not realize is that these base level fuels lack the additives to meet the needs of today’s engines. In the past maybe you shied away from premium diesel fuel because of the added cost, but the right fuel is an investment in your heavy equipment, and the built-in additives of premium diesel will ultimately lead to improved efficiency and productivity of your fleet.

Maximized Horsepower: The time to get out in the field can be quite short with the impediments from unpredictable weather factors. Using a premium diesel will maximize your horsepower and lead to quicker, more reliable starts. It has been field and lab tested that using Cenex Premium Diesel fuel will improve power in your equipment by up to 4.5%, helping you get work done in a short window of time.

Fewer Setbacks: Modernized diesel engines operate under higher pressure and heat that can literally cook typical #2 diesels, leading to problems such as injector damage, filter clogging, power loss, poor starting, costly repairs and even engine failures. Cenex Premium Diesel fuels will do just the opposite, extending the life of your engine and protecting it from wear. It will also reduce varnish, gum build-up and filter plugging, which lowers the chances of expensive setback and maintenance costs.

Fuel Efficiency: Cenex Premium Diesel fuels also contain added detergents that keep fuel clean and operating at optimum levels. Cenex Premium Diesel improves fuel economy by as much as 5% when compared to #2 diesels. You will appreciate these savings when you buy fuel in bulk and looking for ways to save on this expensive, but important investment.

Reliable Starts: Setbacks can cost you money, but they also cost you time. Time is money in this industry and if next spring is anything like the last one, sometimes the weather doesn’t allow you the luxury of choosing an appropriate time to get out in the field. Cenex Premium Diesel fuel reduces downtime with quicker, more reliable starts that are so important to agricultural producers. Having a reliable fuel will ensure you will not have to worry about equipment failure when Mother Nature decides it’s time to plant.

So, as you start thinking about the coming planting season, know that the increased cost of switching to premium diesel fuel is worth the investment. The expense will be offset by the invaluable benefits it yields in reliability and efficiency. Cenex believes that a “true” premium diesel fuel starts with a high-quality base fuel and a test-proven, multifunctional additive package to insure the most consistent, high-quality diesel fuel possible. Click here to read more about the benefits of using Cenex Premium Diesel Fuel.

-Neil Hoff, CHS Manager of Product Marketing for Refined Fuels