Biodiesel: Mitsubishi Triton run on chicken fat!

“You fed your Mitsubishi Triton diesel chicken fat? And now you tell me it’s feeling sick?” Well I have to admit, I felt a bit sick too when Gene from Queensland told us what he'd done to his Mitsubishi Triton that he was running on chicken fat. Before we get started, I know what you're thinking... chicken fat? What??? Well, chicken fat (and other animal fats) are actually a common base ingredient for Biodiesel. The whole idea of Biodiesel is utilising otherwise waste products to power...

My diesel has black oil after an oil change.

One of the most common questions Jimmy and I get from owners of diesel engines is, "My diesel gets black oil again quickly after I do an oil change... Why is it doing this, and is it normal?" It’s very common, and while a lot of our customers believed it was normal, they soon change their mind after using our Flushing Oil Concentrate. So what does black oil mean? Engine oil has five key duties, and one of them is to keep the engine...

Tractor spits oil out the exhaust

My old Fordson Major tractor spits oil from the exhaust! I look like a bloody Dalmation after driving it for an hour! When Trevor rang us up we had to laugh as he told us how his tractor spits oil out the exhaust! There are plenty of old Tractors out there still earning their keep on farms. Trevor’s Fordson Major is one such example, however his was pushing oil out the overhead exhaust, leaving Trev looking like a “bloody Dalamtion!” Now a...

Why use CRD Fuel Enhancer through your new Common Rail Diesel ?

Both Brid and I are regularly asked by customers "why use CRD Fuel Enhancer in new, or low kilometre common rail diesels?" Many owners already know the answer to this question, having experienced some very expensive problems. Here’s a great example of two 2012 Holden Colorado 2.8L turbo diesel engines. Both were serviced according to the log book. One has used CRD since brand new. The other has never used CRD. Let's compare throttle bodies: This above photo was sent to us from a new customer,...

I’ve spent thousands on my Nissan Patrol and it’s still overheating!

Geez! The number of times Jimmy and I have had customers tell us they’ve spent up to $4000 replacing radiators, water pumps, fan hubs, thermostats on their Nissan Patrol and its's still overheating! It never ceases to amaze us! By the time, they speak to us, we’re almost 100% sure we can pin point the cause! But why go through such an expensive trial and error process of elimination? Why do mechanics and radiator shops never, (and I mean ever) consider...

Blowby in trucks… Does it mean a rebuild?

My truck has blowby and Cummins says it needs a rebuild… This is a very common complaint Jimmy and I hear from truckies. Their engines are performing well, but the blowby is bad. Wear around piston rings, grooves and liners will certainly account for excessive crankcase pressure which is characterized by blowby (also referred to as fuming or heavy breathing). But, now you need to ask yourself an important question: Blowby in trucks... Does it mean a rebuild.. Does it mean the...

“I filled my common rail diesel with petrol! What can I do now?”

Don’t laugh! A diesel filled with petrol is more common than you think... Especially if you’re refueling at an unfamiliar outlet, and are in a hurry. (Admittedly, I’ve done it myself!) It’s true that common rail diesel engines (CRD’s) have incredibly fine tolerances, operate at extremely high pressure, and are intolerant of contamination. Run petrol in a CRD and expect damage of around $10,000!! Now, two weeks ago a Toyota dealership, who use our Cost Effective Maintenance products extensively,...