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    Default This is what happens to biodiesel in winter!

    Hello, just been looking at various threads on the use of biodiesel and thought this might be of interest. Before I got my current cdti vectra, I had an astra mk3 TDS estate with the fabulous unbreakable isuzu engine fitted. I could run the car on almost anything and it wouldn't complain, diesel, neat veg oil, turps, white spirit, petrol mix, kerosene, parrafin or any thing that would make it go. I bought lots and lots of veg oil from Lidel before the price went up and was a very cheap way of running my car. I eventually ran it on 100% biodiesel and found the car to run quieter than on fossil fuel diesel. There was a problem though, when in winter the bio would solidify and the car would not start untill it thawed out. The bio was bought from a reputable national retailer making it to the industry standard. The picture shows my fuel filter (last winter) with solidified biodiesel in, took about half an hour to thaw it to get the car going so if you do use it, be warned!! It doesn't like the cold!!

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    Thats why they say use diesel to start and warm the bio up in a secondary tank, then change over fuel sources. Although I like the pic, never seen that before!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    shouldn't need to swap over, that was if you were running neat veg oil to thin it down. biodiesel is just as thin as normal diesel, when not freezing that is.

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    Oh right, then thats even worse!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I rang the company that sold me the fuel who said 'god everyone's ringing up' ! They came out changed the filter, waited a bit and then it started.

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    Astra Mk4 and Mk5 diesels have a heated filter, and I'm pretty sure the Vectra does as well.

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    Heated filter will only thaw the fuel in the filter, the punp tank and pipework would still be solidified!

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    There's a good chance the pipes and tank will be less effected. The filter will make the bio turn to gel much quicker than the stuff in the pipes and tank. But, yes, when you get below 0C you should be lashing more diesel in to the bio.

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    Default Waxing of Biodiesel in Winter

    If the fuel company does not use a specialist cold flow poutr point depressant designed for the biodiesel element then thats what happens. It has happened with B5 fuel this winter in scotland. Try Morrisons B30 as that has all the necessary products for it to perform as normal.

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    B5 - do you mean normal diesel to En590? As this road diesel spec can contain up to 5% bio derived fuel as standard.

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