Sulphur in diesel

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 03, 2002 at 00:00
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We are heading to the Cape in July 2002. I have heard about the problems with low sulphur diesel fuel, in BP diesel. Does anyone know:
1. Are the other fuel companies producing similar fuel in Queensland.
2. I have a 1989 GQ Patrol (aftermarket turbo). Is this model affected?
3. I understand that the seals themselves are relatively inexpensive. Which ones are they, so that I can carry them as spares?
Thanks
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Reply By: Roger Lowry - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2002 at 00:00
I travelled to Cape York last Sept and had no fuel problems at all. I run a GU 4.2 Patrol Turbo.
Fuel was purchased at Archer River, Weipa, Seisha, Coen, Lockhart River, Cooktown and a few more I cannot remember, so you probably will have no trouble.
Have a great trip and make sure you traverse the Old Tele line.
Regards Dodg.
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2002 at 00:00
Rodger, am going up in june 2002, by your info, and looking at a map of cape york, is extra fuel really needed to be carried?
I will be in a T/D rodeo, standard tank, but can carry 40L extra, any info appreciated, from you or others.
Thanx, Andrew
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Follow Up By: Will - Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00
Andrew,
I travelled to the Cape in 2000 also with a GU Patrol 4.2 Turbo, diesel was not a problem, there are plenty of supplies along the way, I did carry a 20L jerry for the Cape Melville bit but did not need it, we also had a very thirsty Discovery V8 and had no troubles but had long range tanks.
Low Sulphur fuel is no longer a problem as that was only in the early stages 2000 BP has since corrected the problem I believe....
The seals affected are inside the pump and cannot be replaced easily but it only affects really old diesels.
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Follow Up By: Peter - Friday, Apr 05, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Apr 05, 2002 at 00:00
thanks for the responses - yes - mine is an old diesel (1989), however is it then the case that while the diesel fuel is still low sulphur, it now has a lubricant in it? ie, it no longer troubles older diesels? any information would be valuable!!
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Reply By: Mal Try - Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00
Andrew, you'll have no problems with that if you are going straight up but if you choose to go to, say, Cape Melville where you will average 20Km/h with 2nd and 3rd gear work you will have to do some calculations. Have a good trip, Mal.
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00
Thanx Mal, will be campimg around there for 3 weeks, so will be going a few places, to me 90 litres all up seems ok, should give me 700-750 km in rough going.
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