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10% Bio Diesel fuel in 2005/2006 Cat 350 engine

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Yes this engine is in a motorhome, but I figured the HDT group know more about diesel engines than motorhome folks.

I am seeing 10% Bio diesel in some gas stations (Walmart/Murphy for example).  Is there any reason why I shouldn't use that in this older engine a 2005/2006 Cat 350.   I have run a 3/4 of a tank full once on our cross country trip from Texas to Oregon.

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If it hasn't seen those levels of bio fuel before, have an extra fuel filter handy. Higher bio levels can clean a lot of accumulated "shmeg" out of the fuel system, and overwhelm a filter. 

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33 minutes ago, Darryl&Rita said:

If it hasn't seen those levels of bio fuel before, have an extra fuel filter handy. Higher bio levels can clean a lot of accumulated "shmeg" out of the fuel system, and overwhelm a filter. 

Thanks. I probably should carry a spare anyways.   I just changed the water separator & micron filter about 2500 miles ago.  

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BTW -  "shmeg"  is a technical term usually accompanied by a colorful array of descriptive terms having to do with the lineage of the mechanical device being examined. Can apply to automotive, steam, aeronautical, and toe-jam.

 

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Hmmm...  I thought "shmeg" was that dark lump that came out of the 5 gallon bucket of hydraulic fluid you were pouring in the funnel, refilling the rear end of a JD tractor.  Just happened to me today. 😮  So, do I figure the new filters will catch it, or drain out 18 gallons of oil, hoping said lump comes out too?

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