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Re: where to get diesel while travelling

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Also it looks like there are a fair number of Shell stations in Illinois that sell B20 diesel. Does that say stay away from Shell diesel?
There is a Shell station in East Peoria and another in Peoria that sell no-bio diesel year round. They have huge signs on their pumps that proudly state this fact. They use summer and winter blend Power-Max additives for their fuel.

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Re: where to get diesel while travelling

I try to only fill up at stations that cater to the big rigs, but go for the pumps located by the regular gas pumps for cars, as they have the smaller nozzle. This way I know I will be getting fresh diesel, as they have a high turnover rate. I have heard of a few problems from people who go to stations with low volume diesel sales, and get old diesel fuel. Hope this helps.
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I have heard of a few problems from people who go to stations with low volume diesel sales, and get old diesel fuel.
Yeah! I demand my diesel be only 60,000,000 years old, not 60,000,000 years + 6 months old!

I look for high turnover stations too, but it's always been hard for me to refer to months-old diesel as "old" with a straight face.

I am concerned about dirty fuel as well. We have a fuel filter for that, but:
1. I'm not carrying a $70 spare fuel filter at the moment (yay, MOPAR!), and
2. Changing a fuel filter on the side of an Interstate is not my idea of fun.
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Re: where to get diesel while travelling

Diesel pumps have filters too,so a cheap station owner/manager might not change filters as often as needed.if a filter is no longer filtering any junk will by-pass into your tank!

1 I look for pumps that are wiped down,dirt loves to stick to diesel.dirty station-dirty fuel

2 If i see a tanker truck at a station unloading i will pass, it seams too stir up any dirt at the bottom of the tank.i'll be back the next day.
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Re: where to get diesel while travelling

Don't go to Indiana. Just saw a story in CNN showing gas prices below $2 and they showed a station sign in Indiana. Reg unl = $1.42, Diesel = $3.49

That is a ridiculous difference.


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Re: where to get diesel while travelling

Now seeing diesel at various stations in Tampa (BP, Shell, etc.) selling for < $3 a gallon.


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Re: where to get diesel while travelling

If anyone has experience with Diesel fuel please talked about Cetane levels. That is like Octane for gasoline. Ideal Cetane level is at about 50-51 which our engines will run like a dream. From what I have read most truck stops are 40 which is like running a 87 octane car on 85. Not great. It seems what I have read on other diesel sites is that named brand diesel like Chevron, Texaco run at 49 in California all fuels are 50 and above because of CARB requirements. Shell and Sinclair run at 46. Most articles said to avoid the truck stops because of the lower quality diesel. Anyone have any updated information? It is really hard to find the Cetane level of the different diesel brands. Mike
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It is really hard to find the Cetane level of the different diesel brands.
That's why I gave up on this same line of inquiry last year. Data was mostly just hearsay, with the most "authoritative" data derived from a way out of date thread post on the TDI forums. Telling people to ask station attendants is a joke suggestion: last time I asked a station attendant about their diesel they didn't even know what "winterized" meant. Hell, the attendant didn't even know if it was #2 or #1.

That, and the first time I filled up at a coop outlet for a brand of "premium diesel" (Cenex Roadmaster XL) I immediately lost 5 mpg and started getting 24 mpg on the interstate. I'm guessing it was dirty fuel. For bonus irony, I had driven 10 miles out of my way to get this "premium diesel".

Anyway. Last time I stopped at a Kwik Star that was selling reputable premium diesel (winterized) I just skipped it and put in straight #2 (i.e. non-winterized).

Furthermore, it's not the truck stops you want to avoid. They have high turnover and therefore have "fresher" 60 million year old diesel. Rather, you want to avoid any station that looks like they sell 40 gallons of diesel a year or otherwise appears poorly maintained.

All this to say: be more concerned about dirty or high-sulfur fuel than cetane levels... the minimum cetane level for highway diesel is a federal standard. If you really want to boost your cetane equivalent, I suggest buying some Diesel Kleen from Walmart and dosing your own tank up to "premium diesel" levels. I do.
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Re: where to get diesel while travelling

Thanks Roadkill: It is frustrating that they don't place the cetane levels on the pump. Thanks for your input. Did that diesel kleen make any difference in performance? Say MPG or quieter operation? Mike
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