Fuel additives are the best solution for businesses who are looking to efficiently maintain their vehicles whilst maximising overall fuel efficiency. As the fuel additive market now exceeds 200,00 tonnes per year, and a total value tops £500 million, it’s no surprise that 95% of on-road retail fuel needs see additives as the driving force behind their vehicles.
As we move forward there is still a lot of uncertainty around the effectiveness of these additive products. The advantages that these additives bring to our vehicles are being hidden by the constant pressure from sceptics. In some cases, companies are left unsure if fuel additives are a worthwhile investment or they are another unnecessary expense.
In this article, we aim to discuss everything you need to know before investing in fuel additives. We will be discussing some of the key advantages of these products and a clear breakdown of how often they should be used within our vehicles.
Breaking Down The Facts Behind Fuel Additives
Fuel additives help to reduce the wear and tear than develops from running a vehicle. With most additives on the market contain cetane booster, lubricants, and detergents these products not only help to reverse the carbon build-up but also help the vehicle to perform to its full potential. These additives react with carbon deposits within your engine which can release the build-up and transfer harmful solid deposits away from the key components.
Powerful detergents found within fuel additives will also help to stabilise your fuel. By, utilising new detergent technology injector cleaners help to clean your engine down to a molecular level. Existing carbon and unburnt fuel deposits are rapidly removed giving the engine a breath of new life.
Advantages of Fuel Additives Within Vehicles
Additives have been developed to keep vehicles running to their maximum potential whilst keeping overall running costs down. For those who are looking to use their vehicle extensively day in and day out, additives are a worthwhile expense.
Vehicle Fuel Efficiency
Most engines are highly inefficient, especially those that are over 10 years old. Out of all the fuel that is burnt, only around 12-30% is converted into power that moves the vehicle. This often leads to lots of energy being wasted. Using a fuel injector can improve engine efficiency by 12% because the fuel burns more efficiently. This will reduce the amount of wasted energy and keep overall costs down.
Eliminating Carbon Deposits
Every time you start your car, fuel is being wasted. Often energy is lost due to heat and friction but there can also be the presence of incomplete combustion that can cause the build-up of carbon deposits within the engine and the production of black smoke coming out of the vehicle exhaust. This build-up is known to dramatically impact the function of the vehicle and cause future problems. Fuel additives help to remove these build ups down to a molecular level.
Helping With Cold Starts
When we reach the colder months of the year our vehicles have to work harder to start-up in the morning. The oil and fuel within the engine will often thicken which creates friction that makes the initial engine start harder to achieve. By using fuel additives there is an increased lubricity which helps the fuel better reach your engine. This helps to streamline the engine start and allows you to get your car up and running even on the coldest of winter mornings.
Boosting Vehicle Performance
Often performance is a factor that is overlooked when we look at commercial vehicles. With the nature of taxi and coach business being solely focused on fuel efficiency, performance is neglected and many take little notice to a vehicle that is ever decreasing in power. The use of fuel additives helps to turn cheap fuel into a much higher quality fuel source for the vehicle. This not only helps to give your car better engine performance but also helps maintain the engine and keep it running correctly.
How Often Should Additives Be Applied
Fuel additives are recommended to be used every 1,500 to 3,000 miles. With 22% of our taxi drivers are driving over 35,000 miles per year fuel additives can be used a lot more frequently than you may expect. The frequency you maintain your vehicles with fuel additives is completely flexible tho, if the vehicle you own is very modern it may be more cost-effective to slightly decrease frequency between application.
Fuel Additive Dose Rates
Most fuel additives doses vary depending on the product which is being used. It is always recommended that you check the bottle before applying it to your vehicle. With Fuel Additives for Diesel, the first dose rate is 1:1,000 and the maintenance dose rate is usually 1:1,500.