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Bugs in the fuel
Cladisporium resinae

No Gladys, Cladisporium doesn’t mean you have been a naughty girl and have picked up something nasty. Its common name is “fuel fungus.”

It is actually a fungus family that includes several kinds of mould and occurs in nature. Although It can cause skin infections and respiratory problems, its biggest impact is that the spores are so small and light that they float around looking for nutrients. In the “right” conditions in fuel tanks (both at a poorly maintained filling station as well as in a vehicle) the spores multiply at a dramatic rate, creating slime and sludge that clogs filters, literally eat rubber gaskets, O-rings hoses and tank linings. Ultimately, complete engine and engine-component failure is not uncommon due in part to the corrosive effect of the hydrogen sulphide produced at part of the fungal-growth process.

This is one good reason to purchase fuel of a reputable brand from a well-maintained sales outlet. Another is to apply preventative maintenance to your vehicle’s fuel system. (Also see the page DIESEL PERFORMANCE)

Cladisporium resinae _in_cylinderCladisporium resinae _in_fuel_filter

The WURTH triple action fuel system treatment combines a biocide, cetane rate Improver Treatment and Cleaner. This not only prevents fuel system contamination, but also provides a more complete fuel burn, therefore more power, less emission, less carbon build up and more fuel efficiency.

This article is one of many written by ASPAC Consulting,in collaboration with the technical experts at Graeme Cooper Automotive.
To download it in PDF format, click bugs in the fuel PDF

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