A lot depends on where you are, and the further north you go, the more problems biodiesel causes.
Depends on the blend.
The problem is biodiesel quality is all over the map, and quality control is indifferent to ad hoc.
Sorry, but wrong. If it is retail biodiesel it has to meet ASTM standards. If someone uses any other type then shame on them for not knowing any better.
Much of the issues I have documented --- on another thread --- with regards to corrosion from 2nd order metabolites, etc. which btw, was done by the US Navy.
And BTW the U.S. Military contracts biodiesel blends as their diesel supply on bases all across the country.
At the end of the day, what you have done is to void the warranty as no on road certified vehicle is at present legally certified for B100.
Uneducated people is the problem, not the fuel if it is retail biodiesel.
In any case, I see no rational arguments for biodiesel --- when the old fashioned diesel does the same job better and with fewer unknowns.
Keep convincing yourself of that.
I, for one, like to have my emissions and warranties valid --- so I avoid uncertified use of biodiesel.
As of 2011 Dodge, GM and Fword are all B20 compatible. Cummins has approved/certified the HPCR ISB engine series for B20 since it hit the market in 03. Dodge didn't because of their lackluster filtering system. With the amounts of people that have run a biodiesel blend in the HPCR Cummins powered trucks where are all of the horror stories of those Bosch HPFP's failing in the Dodge trucks? Guess what? There are very few.
If you choose to use it at your own peril --- that is your choice.
What Peril? I bought my truck used in 05 with 28,000 miles on it and I now have 182,600 miles. I started running biodiesel blends in 06 and haven't looked back. I have easily burned over 6000 gallons of biodiesel anywhere from B1-B100 and have never once had to change a fuel filter out of my regular schedule. My fuel filter change only happens when I see a consistent drop in pressure to around 15 psi from my normal 21 psi.
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doesn't help many east coast refineries are going off-line
And the govt is supposed to tell them not to go offline? If you took the time to get educated about the subject, you'd find the Govt, Dem or Republican has very little (virtually zero) control over the price of gas.
Not saying that fuel is not filtered at stations but I question how often they are changed to prevent one from receiving contaminated fuel.
Compare the number of times you fuel up versus the number of times the pump is turned up and then think about the number of times you have seen a cover off the pump and someone changing a filter that is not much larger than the one on your pump. Seems to me that filters would need replacing at least once a week and I don't see that happening. Only time I see a cover off a pump is when someone is doing a repair and the nozzle has a plastic bag over it because it was taken out of service
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