Participating Pilot Flying J locations in northern climates that experience harsh winters and temperatures reaching 15 deg. F or below regularly will offer a free diesel fuel additive to help prevent breakdowns due to fuel line and filter freezing and corrosion.
The additive is available at Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas anywhere with a temperature posting of 15 deg. F or below as well as areas known for harsh winters, such as Colorado, New York, Minnesota and Wyoming. Other centers in northern-tier states will also offer the additive.
“We are pleased to once again offer our additive program for professional drivers,” said Jimmy Haslam, Pilot Flying J CEO. “As the driver-driven company, we strive to make the fueling experience positive and convenient for our professional drivers, and this is just another way to better serve them.”
The additive prevents hydrocarbons which have poor solubility at low temperatures to precipitate from fuel as it cools. This precipitate, in the form of wax crystals, can accumulate on filters and restrict fuel flow, resulting in a loss of power, engine stalling or the inability to start, the company said.
According to Pilot Flying J, the additive improves low temperature operability in a wide range of fuels by lowering the cold filter plugging point (CFPP) and pour point without reducing the fuel’s energy content; reduces risk of fuel line freeze-up or fuel filter icing by depressing the moisture freeze point; and helps keep waxes dispersed in fuel that could otherwise settle and lead to fuel filter plugging and engine performance problems.
“Winter driving conditions are difficult at best,” said Mark Hazelwood, Pilot Flying J executive vice president. “The goal of our winter diesel additive program is to give our customers added peace of mind and to make their winter driving experience a positive one.”