Using Diesel Exhaust Fluid – Logistics and Advantages
When the EPA placed stricter standards on three-quarter-ton and larger pickup trucks, automotive manufacturers were forced to come up with ways to cut down nitrogen oxide levels. They managed not only to do this but also to manufacture vehicles with more power and torque than ever. A major contributor to this advancement was the use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR).
Most SCR systems use diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which is a mixture of urea and deionized water, sprayed into the exhaust stream to break down the nitrogen oxide into harmless nitrogen and water. By introducing fluid into the exhaust, the manufacturer is free to build as much power as it wants.
At RelaDyne, we carry a complete line of DEF equipment to complement our API-certified DEF. We offer high quality products to help our customers reach their full potential.
Logistics of Using DEF
Diesel exhaust fluid is typically made from 2/3 deionized water and 1/3 urea. Although urea is derived from the by-products of urine, a synthetic version is made so that no animals are harmed in the production of the fluid. When using DEF, and depending on how much you are hauling, your vehicle will use approximately 2.5 gallons for every 800 or so miles of travel. Depending on the model of truck you drive, your DEF gauge can appear as like a fuel gauge, a digital indicator, or a low fluid warning light.
DEF has become readily available in a variety of places, from truck stops that sell it in multi-gallon containers or at the pump to Walmart or an automotive store. At RelaDyne, we make sure our customers are well-equipped to operate with DEF in a contaminant-free environment using closed-loop storage technology.
Advantages of DEF
Although having a diesel exhaust fluid system in your truck can take up a bit more space and add a small amount of weight, there are a number of advantages to DEF:
- Optimized combustion
- Better fuel efficiency
- Increased power
- Reduced maintenance
- Fewer regenerations
- Less wear on the engine
- Safer emissions
- Better reliability
Take advantage of the benefits of driving a vehicle equipped with a DEF system. At RelaDyne, we have the expertise to help you be prepared to fuel your system and maintain the inventory necessary to keep your fleet running smoothly and successfully.