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WIll Bio-Diesel Harm My Engine?

Biodiesel is actually better for your engine than petroleum diesel. As little as 1% biodiesel added to petro-diesel provides 65% greater lubricity. Biodiesel testing shows less engine wear, which extends engine life. The only problems associated with biodiesel center on biodiesel’s solvent properties and cold weather gelling. Engines built before 1993 are likely to have fuel lines and o-rings that can degrade over time. Early replacement of these items insures trouble free operation. Biodiesel’s solvent properties also loosen deposits left by petro-diesel, which may clog fuel filters. While many theories exist on when to change filters, my experience has show this varies with the type, age and condition of each vehicle. What seems to be agreed upon by most biodiesel users is to replace filters after the first one or two tanks full of B100 then pay close attention to performance. Whenever you experience a loss of power, check fuel filters for debris being dislodged from the impurities that have accumulated in your fuel tank over the years. In my experience this is the problem about 99% of the time.

I recommend everyone learn how to change filters (it’s pretty simple) and keep extra filters in the vehicle, especially at first. Once all this grime has been removed from your fuel system you’ll experience a better running, longer lasting engine. In a few extreme cases, we have pulled the fuel tank and cleaned it thoroughly to greatly reduce fuel filter replacement.

In the case of B20 and lower blends, fuel tank impurities cycle through fuel filters much slower and pose less urgency concerning filter replacement.

Who Else is Using it?

Biodiesel use increases every year. In the U.S. it is currently being used by over 400 fleets, numerous municipalities, school district buses, boaters, heavy equipment operators, all branches of the military, National Parks and countless private vehicle owners with great results. See Our Bio-Diesel Testimonial Page

What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a renewable diesel fuel made from vegetable oil. It can be made from virgin oil or waste oil from restaurant fryers. It is refined through a process known as transesterification in which glycerin is removed making the oil less viscous (thinner liquid) and more stable. Biodiesel is non-toxic, biodegradable, has a proven track record of millions of miles worldwide and is available NOW!

How Much Does Bio-Diesel Cost?

Biodiesel typically costs a bit more than petrol diesel, but the main reason is that the renewable fuel industry gets nowhere near the BILLION$$$ (some say TRILLION$$$) in taxpayer subsidies that "Big Oil" gets. Here's an article by Chris Nelder (Energy & Capital), Friday, June 29th, 2007, that attempts to put numbers to all these external costs that are not included in the price of petrol at the pump:

The True Cost of Oil: $65 Trillion a Year?

There are other studies that come up with similar results. If you search the internet for "the true price of gas" you'll find many. Here's one more link from CBS:

Paying Oil's True Cost

The late Milton Copulos was a veteran of the Heritage Foundation, an advisor to both President Ronald Reagan’s White House and the CIA, as well as the head of the right-wing National Defense Council Foundation. Copulos figured the true cost of gas was over $11 a gallon; others would drive the price still higher.

In early July, The New York Times reported that, "amazingly, BP is also claiming a $9.9 billion tax credit for its response to its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico." That's on top of the $225,000 a day for rent of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig they claim in tax deductions.

Right now, current Bay Area prices for petro- diesel (or vile-diesel as our friend Rafael likes to call it) are neck and neck with biodiesel prices at about $4.15/gal.

The point is that any way you slice it, biodiesel costs far less than petroleum.


Will It Void My Warranty?

Most engine manufacturers endorse no more than a 5% blend of biodiesel in their engines (though MANY biodieselites are using B100 anyway with wonderful results). The main reason for this stance by original engine manufacturers (OEMs) is the fact that not all biodiesel being sold meets ASTM specs. While OEMs guarantee their engines they can not guarantee fuel. This is up to us as producers, distributors and retailers to ensure that only top quality fuel is sold to consumers.

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