I have a 99 PSD 7.3 and looking for the Pros and Cons of converting over to Bio-Diesel. (ie.. MPG, power loss or gain and so on) I am also looking and cost of converting over and can I still use #2 if I have to.
Converting to Bio is easy just fill up your tank. it is completely compatible with #2 so you dont even have to wait until your tank is empty. You can switch back and forth at will with no fear.
Pros: truck runs quieter, no need for fuel additives (Stanadyne, Diesel Kleen, etc), reduced emissions, really clean fuel system, support American farmers not Arab oil shieks and terrorists.
Cons: you will probably have to change your fuel filter a couple of times fairly soon after starting to use Bio, If your warranty is still in effect Ford will give you grief about anything they can blame on Bio, Bio tends to be problematic in cold temps this can be overcome by running a blend instead of B100.
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Last edited by Phydeaux88; 08-25-2006 at 01:56 PM.
Apparently, there are a few that are under the impression that SVO (straight vegetable oil) and WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil) means BIO. BIO diesel isn't vegetable oil, however, it is made from vegetable and/or animal fats.
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My experience with B20 on my 91' 7.3l N/A has been that the milage is the same as with No. 2 Diesel.
With B40 the experience on my 93' Turbo has been a milage increase by almost 1 mpg. This is still very early and I will have to run a few more tanks to confirm. I was quite supprised to see the increase.
I have been running the B20 and more recently B40 for the several month now and have not had to make any changes. I did not have any problems with fuel filter either. I only buy diesel from a reputable source.
Do a Google for Biodiesel, or Biowilly, or Autogas in you area. There has got to be some in California.
Have you got any BioWilly stations (The brand that was started by Willie Nelson the country singer) in your neck of the woods?
Thus far I have been quite impressed with the way the B20 and more recently B40 has improved the way my trucks run. The trucks run quieter, less smoke, burn hotter, and I don't need to spent money on additives anymore.
About the only thing I did was make sure I replaced all my fuel return line hoses and O-rings on the injector caps. I did not do that to run Bio, they needed to be replaced anyways due to age.
Thanks for the info. I have a friend with a Ford van and runs it on 100% Bio Diesel. Everything I've read here seems to indicate that everyone is using a combination of Bio Diesel and Diesel. Is that what B40 means? A mixture?
I run B99 (essentially 100% biodiesel) in my '99 Ford truck and '06 VW Jetta with no noticable impact in MPG. No conversions necessary. There is supposed to be a 7% drop in power but I cannot feel it in either car.
The benefits, as mentioned above, are less smoke, less noise, and if you happen to get some on your hands it does not smell so bad.
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