Even with the availability of cleaner types of fuel, contaminants still linger in much of today’s fuel products. Many of them can be removed with regular oil changes, but this method isn’t an effective long-term solution to prevent premature engine and fuel degradation. High-performance Baldwin fuel filters are needed to rid engines of these harmful contaminants.
Contrary to what many people think, dust and soot aren’t the most common impurities found in fuel; rather, fungi and bacteria have this distinction. These so-called ‘hydrocarbon utilizing microorganisms’ are almost always found in fuels because of the water content found in most petroleum products. Left unchecked, fungi and bacteria will multiply and form large colonies, eventually plugging the engine’s fuel lines. While a reliable fuel filter can keep them in check, the best solution is to treat the engine with a biocide.
Of course, dust, soot, and other particulates also pose a threat because they cause microscopic damage to engine components, causing them to break over time. Too much of these particulates can also plug the engine’s filtering systems.
Another harmful fuel contaminant is glycol, an organic compound that enter the engine because of blown gaskets, worn out seals, and other types of physical damage. Glycol makes fuel more viscous, which slows down fuel distribution, and eventually impairs oil cooling and lubrication.