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Fail Safe Fuel Filter

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The number one cause of breakdowns in diesel engines (OTR Trucks, marine and generators) is fuel contamination resulting in the filter plugging due to water in fuel or particulate matter. We all know the reasons, the fuel is breaking down and oxidizing from the moment it leaves the refinery, it is exposed to rusty old tanks in tank farms and in transport not to mention in the vehicle itself. Heated fuel returning to the tanks contributes to condensation which is yet another source of water in the fuel, bacteria live in the water and eat the fuel accelerating its breakdown, asphaltenes are formed and 90% of the crud blocking filters is organic material from the fuel breaking down. The University of Idaho conducted tests on the life expectancy of fuels to determine the timeline on degradation of stored #2 diesel fuel. The results indicated 26% degradation after 28 days of storage.

To prevent engine damage and breakdowns diesel engines have regular filter changes and most have water in fuel sensors. This is sadly inadequate and most often we discover our filter is plugging at the most inopportune moment. In a truck this will be pulling a load and can leave the truck stranded waiting for a tow truck if you have managed to get off the road, in a boat you loose your ability to maneuver and stop and are adrift and in a stationary backup generator, you are likely in a power outage and now have a genset that needs service. When a boat loses power due to filter restriction it could go adrift in a shipping lane heading for shallow water on a falling tide.   It occurred to Chris Goodwin, inventor of the Fuel Safe just how stupid it was to have low oil pressure, high temperature and low coolant alarms,  a truck that will tell you when a turn signal bulb is out but the fuel system is in the stone ages and says nothing until it is too late.

Therefore, Chris Goodwin, designed the Fail-Safe Fuel filter. It is installed between the vehicles fuel tank and the vehicles stock filtration, the FS-1 constantly monitors the water in fuel (WIF) sensor in the filter and the vacuum at the filter head, if it detects WIF or higher than set vacuum it lights an indicator on the control panel signaling "water" or "Change", sounds an alarm buzzer (which can be silenced with a pushbutton) and automatically drops itself out of the fuel system completely bypassing its onboard filter trapping the water and or contaminants in it. This gives the truck driver time to get to a truck stop, the boat pilot time to get secured and the generator operator an opportunity to service the filter without ever having had a loss of power or engine stall. Once serviced the filter resets and again puts itself in the fuel system as the first line of defense protecting the stock filter, the fuel injection system and the safety and schedule of the engine it is protecting.