Looking for advice I can't find on the Interwebs ...
Some may think this is old, well known knowledge, but this is my first Diesel and I'm looking to get informed ... especially when I go against the Gas/Diesel Station as well as getting to know details I just can't find in the Owners Manual or on line.
When purging water from the Fuel Filter, what is the max amount of water I should expect?
Does the Winter make more water than summer?
Have you heard of anyone getting bad Diesel from a fuel vendor and success in getting reimbursement? (damages/values to be determined)
If winter does make for more water/condensation the Filter clears ... is it more water at higher altitudes than lower ... I as I didn't have one issue during the entire lift of the Ram in last years Chicago winter storms.
How ofter do you purge the filter?
.... and feel free to add to what I'm asking yet would be helpful to know.
Thank you in advance
As Luck would have it, I just returned from The Denver area after spending Turkey day with my son.
I'm a relative newbie with the EcoDiesel (2020) but have had good luck so far (40K Miles). I did get bit in Texas in Feb of 2021 when they had their freeze. I learned the hard way that you can't trust anyone to use winter diesel blends. Since then I always add additives. I have never had the water in filter warning pop up.
The Denver area being high (altitude - not the other stuff) and dry would be far less likely to produce condensation than Chicago. My home is 90 miles east of you in Indiana/Michigan and I have never had an issue with water at any station in the area. If you got a bad fuel load, I would chalk that up to maintenance at the station. Stations do need to maintain their tanks to prevent water and microbes from contaminating the fuel.
You fuel filter should have been changed at 20K Miles (maintenance schedule). If you can't tell whether it was changed (previous owner, etc) have it done. I have only drained my filter once during at 5K into a 10K oil change. I got a minimal amount of water (teaspoon?).
What I would suggest (again) is additives. I started using Howes antigel and Hotshots Every Day Treatment after the Texas issues. Discontinued Howes after some reports on wear. Bottom line - the CP4 high pressure pump in our diesels is suspect and there is currently a recall looming (due out in December time frame). Lubricity is your friend in holding off the CP4 fuel pump degradation.
Our EcoDiesels are less prone to the CP4 pump failure due to the lower fuel requirements of our engines. The GM Duramax engines (6.6L no lift pump) are reported to be far worse.
Don't want to scare you on the EcoDiesel. It is a different beast, but I love mine. Got me 28 Mpg running from Denver to Indiana yesterday with a headwind. We use it as our trip vehicle. Comfortable, reliable, and good road mileage (as long as you keep it under 75).
Hope things work out for you out west.