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TIP # 2 FUEL SAVER TIPS


With the rising cost of fuel, which of course tops the expense account list of engine operation, finding ways to cut down on consumption is a must. Here are some useful tips you may want to consider:

  1. Do not increase fuel settings to obtain more power.
  2. Set the rack limiter for minimum black smoke with acceptable acceleration.
  3. Do not set idle speed any higher than necessary. Do not idle unnecessarily. Unless operating in extremely cold temperatures, shut down and restart engine rather than idling for long periods.
  4. Keep air cleaners clean. Use air cleaner restriction indicator to avoid guessing at air cleaner condition.
  5. Operate with a good electrical system. One bad cell on a battery will overwork the alternator, consuming more engine horsepower and fuel. It will also lead to hard starting, which encourages excessive idling.
  6. Make sure the turbocharger is turning freely so that proper air-fuel ratio is maintained. A clean burning exhaust should indicate these items are functioning correctly.
  7. Avoid fuel spillage. Do not overfill the fuel tank. Fuel expands when warm and may overflow especially when tank is not designed correctly.
  8. Make sure all air hoses and connections are leak tight. Leaks keep the compressor working unnecessarily.
  9. Operate with a thermostat all year – cold engines consume more fuel and wear out more quickly.
  10. Size the engine or generator set to the job. Engines operate more efficiently at relatively high load factors.

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