Trade group issues fuel additive caution

| Thursday, June 22, 2006

With the 2007 engines about to be introduced, a trade group has issued a reminder that the only kinds of diesel fuel additives that should be used in the new engines are those that are clearly labeled as approved for the 2007s.

That caution, from the Automotive Specialty Products Alliance, comes as ultra-low sulfur diesel is beginning to hit the market.

Sulfur acts as a lubricant in fuel and the new, ultra-low sulfur fuel requires an additive to make up for the lost lubricating effect of the decreased sulfur.

The EPA now requires that all fuel additives be labeled to indicate their compatibility with the 2007 engines.

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