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Old 05-18-2015, 08:35 PM   #11
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Diesel exhaust fluid. Basically injected into the exhaust to neutralize it chemically. It breaks down the hazardous chemicals into nitrogen and water.

Add it like you would say a windshield washer fluid. Buy in jug or at pump, and dump into hole near fuel filler. Minimal cost.

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Old 05-18-2015, 08:52 PM   #12
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Next we will have to be changing our muffler bearings.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:34 PM   #13
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I buy the cheapest stuff that i can find. As long as it has the iso rating your good. I payed 7.99 for 2.5 gallons. Filled it up 4000 miles ago still says it is ok. I would buy it as you need it. I have a 5 gallon tank but only refill it at 2.5 gallons at a time when my dic says i have 20% left. I believe the health hazard is a 1 and so is water. Yes wash the stuff off if you spill it but it is not like it'll burn your hand off or anything. DEF (urea) is not that big of a deal. Readily available almost everywhere. The extra thing you should carry with you in the winter time is a spare fuel filter and a bottle of diesel 911 just in case.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:56 PM   #14
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Here is a fancy pic of a typical modern exhaust system using DEF ( which I just learned a lot about from another JOF member)
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Old 05-18-2015, 10:47 PM   #15
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I find it is cheapest and easy to fill the DEF tank at major truck stops. I paid 2.59 a gallon a few months ago. The pumps at the truck stops have auto shut off like a fuel nozzle. If you do get a little spillage on fill up at the truck stops wash it down with a little water. If you run the nozzle slow you can fill it up without spillage. No cardboard boxes or large plastic containers to get rid of.
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I carry a 2.5 gal Blue DEF box with me on trips. You can pick them up at Sams for around $11. If DEF is available at the pump, I'd rather use it there but usually, I am nowhere near a pump when I need to add some. BTW, the 500 miles warning gives you plenty of time to find a place/pump that carries it.
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:03 AM   #17
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Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Container

I have found that I really don't need to carry DEF with me except on long trips hauling a big load . I topped off before I left Michigan a couple years ago pulling a 40 ft pinnacle and made it to south Texas before the light came on and said 500 miles to empty. Last year I drove down to Tombstone AZ to pick up my Polaris RZR to bring home 4,000 miles round trip and still haven't had to add any yet ! IMO long hauls pulling a heavy load yes most trips its not worth carrying around. Last few years DEF is too easy to find to worry about .
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I kept track of DEF usage when I first got the truck. I was getting about 1000 miles a gallon. A mechanic at my local dealer said the trucks use more DEF when idling than running hard.
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Secondly I don't know how corrosive it really is. I've heard it is to some metals but haven't ever had a problem. Ive gotten it on my hands many times, both wet and crystalized in an empty container and never had a problem. Just washed my hands later as I would anyway. Urea is in your urine.
I teach the Tier 4 Final stuff for my employer. Believe me when I say it is EXTREMELY corrosive to all metals - even stainless steel. I have seen brand new machines come into dealers with corrosion on bolts and brackets next to the DEF tank. (Probably a spill at the end-of-line test that didn't get completely cleaned up.) The urea solution is clear, non-toxic and safe to handle, however.

And 2-1/2 gallons will last you longer than it will probably stay good for, unless you put 50,000 miles a year on your truck. It has a 2 year shelf life - from the date of manufacture. If it is stored in a hot place (back of your truck in the summer), the shelf life will be shortened.
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Diesel exhaust fluid. Basically injected into the exhaust to neutralize it chemically. It breaks down the hazardous chemicals into nitrogen and water.

Add it like you would say a windshield washer fluid. Buy in jug or at pump, and dump into hole near fuel filler. Minimal cost.

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It removes the nitrous oxide (NOx) in the exhaust. the only thing coming from your tail pipe is carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor. (Not nitrogen)

Here's a link to the Wikipedia article: Diesel exhaust fluid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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