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Old 12-02-2016, 10:23 AM   #1
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Fuel Additives - Transmission Fluid

After 34 years of running twin diesels it was necessary to have my tanks cleaned. An access port was cut in the top of the black steel tanks. Baffels were cut away and 5 gallons of goop was removed. Baffels were reattached and inspection panels attached and sealed.

An old sea salt advised that a quart of transmission fluid added to a 300 gallon fill makes a good biocide. Has anyone tried this?
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After 34 years of running twin diesels it was necessary to have my tanks cleaned. An access port was cut in the top of the black steel tanks. Baffels were cut away and 5 gallons of goop was removed. Baffels were reattached and inspection panels attached and sealed.

An old sea salt advised that a quart of transmission fluid added to a 300 gallon fill makes a good biocide. Has anyone tried this?
Surely someone has tried this, but if you believe you need to use a fuel additive to solve a problem, why not use one that has been engineered and sold for the purpose?

There are several on the market and they probably don't cost more than transmission fluid.
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They are far more expensive.
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With clean tanks, no water leaks into them, good clean fuel and regular turnover you can avoid the need for any of the "stuff" recommended by old salts. But old myths die hard.
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How does the old salt know it true lyrics is a brocade? And how well do you trust him.

For similar sized bottles, I can't imagine the difference in price is worth it....I would investigate if it were gallons and gallons used every year and the price difference made it worthy of the effort.
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I've had excellent results with Biobor JF. $20 to treat over 1200 gallons.
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I'm struggling with this one: "...true lyrics is a brocade?"

I think spell check has has done that to you.

Keep water out of it and use the fuel, as somebody suggested. Biobor was invented for generators and other devices that sat around for long times without being used...wait...hmmm.

Oh well, I've never used it...
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An old sea salt advised that a quart of transmission fluid added to a 300 gallon fill makes a good biocide. Has anyone tried this?
Why the heck would transmission fluid kill bacteria that live in the boundary layer between water and petroleum?

If you want to use a biocide, use a biocide.
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I use Biobore and Stabill as directed.
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Greetings,
Mr. 11. "If you want to use a biocide, use a biocide."....But, but..."They are far more expensive." I hear ya brother...
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I just love fuel additive threads Any chance the transmission fluid would give better boat speed at the same RPM or should I stick with gun oil
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Greetings,
Mr. g. You have NOT been paying attention! Tang!

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Some old guy in the parking lot told me that mixing equal parts seawater and gasoline would make my car go downhill faster. What do you guys think?
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when i ran my big truck 60 series detroit i would use lucas fuel additive and when changing fuel filters i would always fill the fuel filters with the lucas fuel additive cleans out the injectors real good like giving it a tune up just my two cents
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never add trans fluid to fuel!! you may get away with it for a period of time or it may blow out the injector tip first time you do it. its just not worth the risk when there is no proven benefit to adding it. you are much better off using know additives for gelling or algae.
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I'm struggling with this one: "...true lyrics is a brocade?"

I think spell check has has done that to you.

Keep water out of it and use the fuel, as somebody suggested. Biobor was invented for generators and other devices that sat around for long times without being used...wait...hmmm.

Oh well, I've never used it...
My singing is definitely a biocide, crowd repellant and maybe a paint remover too....

Sorry, on the road and Internet hasn't been an on demand luxury most days.
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when i ran my big truck 60 series detroit i would use lucas fuel additive
Lucas??I`d be worried about the lights and electrics failing.
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They are far more expensive.
You live in Mexico for crying out loud!

Take a bit of that money you're saving on labor and spend it on the right product for the job.

You really need to be careful here, you're starting to sound like a sailboater.
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Sorry to offend you. I was only asking for information on the viability of tranny fluid as an additive. I thought that was the purpose of posting, to get information from others. I do not need unsolicited opinions about my finances.
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