Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Mike asks: Is it ok to run “red” diesel in my pickup? It’s a lot cheaper than the regular pump diesel but I’m worried about the effect on my engine.
My reply: Using “red” – or off-road – diesel probably won’t hurt your truck’s engine . . . unless it’s one of the newer ones that requires Ultra Low Sulfur – ULSD – pump gas to avoid bollixing up the emissions control system. But it could hurt the owner of the station where you buy it – if Uncle finds out about it.
Possibly, you as well.
It’s illegal (and cause for a Hut! Hut! Hutting!) to pump “red” diesel – the red is dye to give Uncle a way to identify it, visually – into on-road vehicles. “Red” diesel is supposed to be used only in tractors and other off-road vehicles/equipment. This is why the pumps which dispense it are usually off to the side somewhere – and why the guy inside will stop you if he sees you pumping it into an obviously on-road vehicle like a pick-up with street tags, etc.
It’s a shame, of course, that we’re denied lower-cost and more efficient diesel – the “red” diesel – and forced to buy the more expensive/less efficient ULSD for our on-road vehicles.
Thank Uncle for this.
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