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Old 12-30-2015, 08:30 AM   #1
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Is diesel additive necessary?

We bought a new truck in June, our first diesel. It is a 2015 F250, 6.7 liter. A friend of ours has a 2011 F350 and told us what brand of diesel additive he uses.

Is this stuff necessary?
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:43 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new truck! I have never used an additive and all mechanics I have talked to say not to use them. Now with that said, You might consider an additive so the fuel doesn't gel at low temp since you are way up North. I have used an ejector/fuel system cleaner but that is not used often at all. Talk to Ford.
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:55 AM   #3
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We are in Florida for the winter, so low temps are not an issue. Thanks for your input.
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:03 AM   #4
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I personally have done both. I've used a couple of different types of additives and then I haven't used any. With our truck being older and having over 215,000 miles on it we have been starting to have a little problem with the fuel pressure regulator. I have found with using the additives it helps smooth out the idle and the cold weather starts are a little easier when I start it with out having it plugged in. During the summer I have been using Power Services Diesel Kleen + Cetane Boost and in the winter I use the Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement + Centane Boost which has an antigel in it. I have also used 2 cycle oil in the summer time and have also used in conjunction with the fuel additives. I haven't really noticed any fuel mileage advantages with using any type of additive. Mostly just have noticed a smoother idle and a little quitter running. This is just what my experience has been with our truck and with what we have used. I think when it comes to using an additive it's a personal preference. Some people swear by them and others say they don't work. My suggestion would be if you are considering using an additive check your mileage and engine noise levels starting times, etc. before adding an additive and then run a couple of tanks with an additive and see if you notice any difference.
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:20 AM   #5
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Talk to Ford.

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Old 12-30-2015, 09:22 AM   #6
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Sounds like there are many opinions here! Thanks, Phil & Janine.

We use synthetic oil in the truck and always make sure we fuel up at stations that do a high volume business, which should make sure the fuel is fresher.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:14 AM   #7
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Your truck is still under warranty.
Why would you ask for advise about it on an RV forum rather then asking Ford?
Seems to me you are just asking for trouble.
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Old 12-30-2015, 02:34 PM   #8
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I use "HOWES Diesel Treatment"...According to my automotive parts guy Howes is the favorite of independent commercial operators...He also says that the reason you should use a diesel treatment is due to the fact that diesel fuel is now LOW SULFUR, and the sulfur added lubrication to the interior of the diesel engine...The diesel treatment helps in lubricating the engine...

I also use "STA-BIL 360 Performance" in my gas tank for my gas engine vehicles...It protects gas engines from damage that eathonol can cause...

The way I see it goes to the old adage "Pay me now or pay me later"...

Any how that's my story and I'm sticken to it...
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I used to own a 2005 Ford F-250 SD diesel with the infamous International 6.0L engine. The turbo had to be rebuilt 3 times in the first 50K miles due to soot buildup from the poor, low-sulfur diesel fuel we have here in California. When I asked the Ford service manager what I could do to solve the soot problem he suggested adding a diesel additive such as Power-Kleen or any other fuel additive that has cetane in it. He explained that 8 ounces per tank fill up will allow the stuff we call diesel fuel here in California to burn hotter, cleaner and prevent soot from building up and clogging the turbo. I kept the trunk until last year and put another 50K miles on it. I did not have a single turbo problem with it during that time. I sold the 2005 late last year and bought a 2015 Ford 250 SD 6.7L. Every fill up now make on my new 2015 truck, I still add the 8 oz of Power-Kleen to the tank. I am now a believer in diesel fuel additives for at least the diesel fuel we have to buy here in California.

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Old 12-31-2015, 07:46 PM   #10
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I have used Ford Motorcraft PM-22A cetane boost and performance additive in 90% of my fuel fills over the last 100,000 miles. It does add lubricity to the fuel and even though I fuel at high volume stations I figure better safe than sorry. I have 140,000 miles on my truck now. I live in super cold temps in winter and I have never used the antigel version of this. Our fuel up here gets a winter additive already. I've had no water in fuel issues or injector issues whatsoever with my truck. Can't say it helps but it definitely doesn't hurt.
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