Go the extra mile to protect your engine

WITH ROUTINE DIESEL FUEL TESTING

Cold start problems?

Poor fuel economy?

Fuel pump or injector failures?

If so, your engine may be at risk from poor quality or contaminated diesel fuel.

Diesel fuel systems have become increasingly sophisticated in order to maximize fuel economy and meet emissions regulations. This new reality has placed more demands on the quality and cleanliness of diesel fuels being burned in today’s engines.

Regular diesel fuel testing during delivery, storage or handling ensures compliance with engine manufacturer requirements while protecting you from costly fuel contamination or degradation issues.

Importance of Diesel Fuel Testing


Prevent engine damage
Optimize fuel economy by assuring consistent fuel quality
Verify diesel fuel characteristics during delivery or storage
Confirm that fuel meets cleanliness standards
Validate whether fuel is suitable for use
Track seasonal changes in fuel deliveries
Ensure fuel is suitable for cold weather applications
Troubleshoot engine performance issues

Diesel Fuel Testing Solutions

Fluid Life offers a variety of diesel fuel testing packages designed to test for the most common diesel fuel issues that occur during delivery, storage or handling. Download the recommended diesel fuel testing packages (which are also outlined below).

  • Potential uses: Routine fuel testing; spot-checking contamination; verification of fuel properties; checking for contamination of bulk fuel deliveries
  • Problems addressed: Starting, power, low temperatures, noise, fuel economy, gross contamination, abrasive wear, filter plugging, or corrosion
  • Tests included: Bottom Solids and Water*, ISO Particle Count, % Water by KF, Clear & Bright Fuel Test (Visual Check), and Distillation**
  • Recommended frequency: 2x per year or more frequently if fuel quality or cleanliness is below standard

*not offered in the U.S. | **outsourced in the U.S.

Diesel Fuel Testing Routine Analysis Delivery Acceptance
  • Potential uses: Verification of condition of diesel fuel in storage; basic assessment of fuel contamination
  • Problems addressed: Starting, power, low temperatures, noise, fuel economy, gross contamination, abrasive wear, filter plugging, corrosion, bacterial growth, cross-contamination with oils/coolants/detergents
  • Tests included: Bottom Solids and Water*, ISO Particle Count, Sediment Photo, % Water by KF, Clear & Bright Fuel Test (Visual Check), ICP Spectrometry, Bacteria/Yeast/Mold, and Distillation**
  • Recommended Frequency: Whichever comes first: 4x per year (quarterly) or after a full bulk inventory turn (cycle)

*not offered in the U.S. | **outsourced in the U.S.

Diesel Fuel Testing Bulk Tanks
  • Potential uses: Seasonal validation of diesel fuel; routine testing of emergency generators
  • Problems addressed: Starting, power, low temperatures, noise, fuel economy, gross contamination, gross contamination, corrosion, verification of ULSD
  • Tests included: Bottom Solids and Water**, % Water by KF, Clear & Bright Fuel Test (Visual Check), Cloud Point**, Viscosity @40C, Distillation**, Density**, Cetane Index** (Calculation from Distillation and Density)
  • Recommended frequency: Triggered by significant weather changes (rapid temperature swings, dust storms, heavy rain/snow, etc.) or during seasonal change-over (summer vs winter)

*not offered in the U.S. | **outsourced in the U.S.

Seasonal Diesel Fuel Testing
  • Potential uses: Confirm adherence to following specifications: Caterpillar, Komatsu, Cummins, ASTM D975, Worldwide Fuel Charter, Canadian General Standards Board (GGSB)
  • Problems addressed: Starting, power, low temperatures, noise, fuel economy, gross contamination, abrasive wear, filter plugging, corrosion, pump wear, cross-contamination with oils/coolants/detergents, verification of ULSD
  • Tests included: Bottom Solids and Water**, Viscosity @40C, ISO Particle Count, Sediment Photo, % Water by KF, Clear & Bright Fuel Test (Visual Check), ICP Spectrometry, Bacteria/Yeast/Mold, Cloud Point**, Sulfur**, Active Sulfur (Copper Corrosion), Distillation**, Density**, Cetane Index** (Calculation from Distillation and Density)
  • Recommended frequency: Event-triggered or depends on cleanliness compliance
  • NOTE: Exact specifications may require additional tests. Contact us for more information.

*not offered in the U.S. | **outsourced in the U.S.

Diesel Fuel Testing Fuel Spec Compliance
  • Potential uses: Confirm if diesel fuel in long term storage is acceptable for continued usage
  • Problems addressed: Starting, power, low temperatures, noise, fuel economy, gross contamination, corrosion, verification of ULSD, fuel stability
  • Tests included: Bottom Solids and Water**, Viscosity @40C, ISO Particle Count, % Water by KF, Clear & Bright Fuel Test (Visual Check), ICP Spectrometry, Cloud Point**, Sulfur**, Active Sulfur (Copper Corrosion), Distillation**, Density**, Cetane Index** (Calculation from Distillation and Density)
  • Recommended frequency: 2x annually

*not offered in the U.S. | **outsourced in the U.S.

Diesel Fuel Testing Long Term Storage

Diesel fuel is considered a regulated substance in both Canada and the United States, and is therefore subject to various regulations. Diesel fuel CANNOT be shipped via AIR. Diesel shipped via ground must be shipped in an approved container:

  • CANADA – metal container
  • USA – reinforced plastic container

Contact our Order Desk if you need to order the right container to ship your diesel fuel sample.

General Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines for testing diesel fuel.

Fuel Deliveries

  • Routine testing – every shipment  (Certificate of Analysis)

Bulk Tanks / Fuel Islands

  • Routine Testing – every 2 weeks (based on fuel consumption)
  • Seasonal Fuel Testing – every 3 months
  • Long Term Storage Testing – contact Fluid Life

Individual Machines

  • Troubleshooting – As needed
  • Fuel Specification Compliance – contact Fluid Life
Laboratory Services

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Depend on over 30 years of experience in fluid testing and analysis to improve your predictive maintenance programs and reduce unplanned downtime.

Contact Fluid Life to develop and implement a diesel fuel analysis program that fits your needs.

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