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Protecting Your Engine with NanoNet™ Fuel Filter Media

EBU - Turbo Diesel FilterYour engine consumes fuel in order to generate power. High quality fuel filters protect your fuel system, and as a result keeps your engine running stronger. Let’s take a look at the dual stage fuel filter – with NanoNet™ media – on your MY2013.5+ Cummins powered Ram Truck, and discuss how it plays a role in the longevity of your engine.

Since 2003, tougher government regulations mean fuel systems have to be more precise to help meet the lower emissions levels while delivering the best fuel economy possible.  These stringent standards have led to the use of High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel injection systems, which require ultra-clean fuel. These HPCR fuel systems – which have been present on Cummins powered Ram trucks since the 2003 model year – are more susceptible to damage by fuel contaminants because of smaller component clearances required for precise fuel delivery. This means that clean fuel is more important than ever.

However, dirty fuel is a growing problem around the world, causing major concern for today’s precision engines. Global fuel analyses reveal that fuel contamination levels have doubled over the past several years. The average gallon of fuel is contaminated with over 18 million particles greater than 4 microns in size. And because fuel cleanliness is largely unregulated, fuel system providers and engine manufacturers are forced to develop their own countermeasures to combat this contamination. Let’s discuss how the new Fleetguard filters with advanced NanoNet media can solve some of the issues related to fuel contamination.

We’ll start with a loss of fuel economy. Did you know that inefficient fuel filtration of particles as small as 4 microns can lead to injector nozzle wear? This can cause over-fueling and carbon deposits, which in turn reduce performance and fuel efficiency. The NanoNet filter is 10 to 13 times more effective at removing 4 microns (that’s 12 times smaller than the smallest particle visible to the human eye) particulate contamination than competitive media and also protects against the release of particles during engine vibration and fuel surge.  The bottom line – reducing particles in the fuel flowing through your injectors allow them to perform like new over the course of their life.

Now, let’s talk about water contamination in fuel. Water wreaks havoc on a fuel injection system by acting as a growth medium for organisms that plug filters and can also cause corrosion and deposits in the fuel system. Water contamination also reduces fuel lubricity and can cause wear, along with a variety of other fuel system problems. Unlike traditional media, NanoNet media contains no cellulose fibers and is 100% synthetic, meaning it is essentially waterproof and will not become waterlogged. This unique synthetic composition provides the structural integrity needed for a high level of performance and provides three times more water separating capabilities throughout the life of the filter than the next best competitive product.  In addition to the superior qualities of the NanoNet media, the two-stage configuration of the new Filter-in-Filter provides a proven approach to higher fuel/water separation. Each stage combines to yield superior efficiency:

  • The first stage provides the initial filtration and serves to coalesce water entrained in the fuel into larger droplets.
  • The second stage removes the finer particles and strips the water droplets generated by the first-stage media.  This is what collects in the water separator and can be drained if it becomes full prior to a fuel filter change.

Finally, let’s talk about fuel system fluctuations that normally occur when your engine is running. Over time, if a fuel filter is performing as designed, it will become filled with captured particles.  With conventional filter media, fluctuating conditions such as ongoing vibration, flow surge and pressure fluctuation caused by engine operating conditions can cause the release of those captured particles from the media back into your fuel system. And as discussed earlier, these released particles can negatively affect fuel system performance and durability. NanoNet features many distinct layers of protection to remove and retain 10 times more particles than competitive media.

So, the bottom line is that clean fuel is important, and we believe the new dual stage fuel filter with NanoNet Filter media is currently the best fuel filter available on the market to protect your Cummins-powered Ram Truck.  What you use in your engine is your choice, but we want you to know that we recommend NanoNet™ advanced filtration media. For more information on NanoNet filters, check out the YouTube videos below.  

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