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Contamination Warnings and Risks

There are numerous risks associated with contaminated fuel. The liabilities and financial risks are very high. How do I know I have a problem? The warning signs and problems are complex. Fuel system history is very important because it reveals the amplitude of the issue. While the following list is not exhaustive, it is a good starting point. The problems are warning signs that likely indicate a more sinister issue lurking in the fuel system.

Premature filter changes

Corroded or clogged filters
Dispenser slow flow

Premature hanging hardware failures
STP Failures

Visual evidence of corrosion in the sumps

Shear valve failure

Meter failure - clogged and corroded

Proportional valve failure
Leak detector failure

Probe failure
Constant water issues in the tank
Line and tank leaks
Dispenser overruns

These are a few of the many potential problems caused by contamination in a fuel system. Equipment will also exhibit warning signs due to contaminated fuel.

Below is a list of common engine problems associated with contaminated fuel:
Engines not starting, rough starts or stalling
Clogged engine filters
Reduced engine power
Poor fuel economy
Discolored fuel (dark, cloudy, emulsified)
Excessive exhaust emissions
Increased injector and pump repairs
Premature cylinder wear

Ultimately all of the associated warning signs and risks add up to higher maintenance costs. The risks are very real. There are 4 risks to consider when dealing with fuel quality:
1. Operational Risk - not managing fuel quality carries the risk of operational downtime and losses. When the power goes off due to bad fuel, the most obvious risk is operational.
2. Reputational Risk - sustained power loss can become a reputational problem with any organization and the individuals responsible for maintaining power. If fuel quality is not at the forefront of the maintenance program then the loss of reputation is likely.
3. Health and Safety Risk - no doubt that the loss of power poses a health and safety risk to those affected. This is especially true in the emergency management and healthcare sectors.
4. Value Risk - there is finally a financial risk due to ignoring fuel quality. The ideal management program reduces financial risk! Don't wait until it is to late.

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