Author Topic: Is there a special type of diesel fuel for the Volvo MD11c engine?  (Read 1415 times)

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I just purchased a Pearson 323 with a Volvo MD11c engine.  The tank is about 1/3 full and I'm starting to think about getting fuel.  I'm pondering if the diesel sold at gas stations will work.  Please kindly advise.  Thank you!
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Re: Is there a special type of diesel fuel for the Volvo MD11c engine?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2023, 08:32:53 PM »
AFAIK there are two main types of diesel.

The stuff sold in gas stations, which works fine. Also called on-road or clear diesel. It's what I have been using in my Westerbeke for 10+ years.

"red dye" diesel. Very similar to the regular diesel, but cheaper, as it is tax-exempt. If you put it into your car and it is discovered, you may get a fine. But in your boat it is legal.

There is also #2 diesel, normally used in long-distance trucks, and biodiesel. #2 diesel (I am told) will work fine, but has a lower cetol rating and so will be more difficult to start, especially in lower temperatures.

I have no experience with biodiesel.

One other tip - you may want to consider a fuel additive. Depending on how long you leave fuel in the boar, some algae will happily start consuming the fuel (!), and some stabilisers also improve starting. Personally I use biobor JF - but I am no expert!

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Re: Is there a special type of diesel fuel for the Volvo MD11c engine?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2023, 07:05:09 AM »
Thanks selene.

Your response confirms information I've garnered since my initial post.  I'll look into using an additive.
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Re: Is there a special type of diesel fuel for the Volvo MD11c engine?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2023, 10:10:05 AM »
Thanks for that info.