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Old 05-18-2015, 06:09 PM   #1
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Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Container

I'm new to the world of diesel trucks and have a question for you diesel owners. What is the best container for storing, transporting & dispensing DEF? The service manager recommended that I carry a container of DEF in/on the truck at all times because you don't want to be caught without it when it gets too low.

He also mentioned that it is extremely corrosive and that I should hose the engine off if I spill it and wash my hands immediately. My first thoughts were, 1) I probably won't have a water hose handy, 2) I need to find a spill-proof container, and, 3) I need to find the safest way to transport this fluid without running the risk of having it tip over in the bed of the truck.

How do you guys do it?

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Old 05-18-2015, 06:14 PM   #2
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From what I have read, DEF has a shelf life, so it's best to run your onboard tank low before refilling. You also don't want to carry around a bunch for a long time ( don't by in bulk ) and they are saying, don't pump at a truck stop.

I have 1 gallon in a milk crate in the bed of my truck for emergencies.

They generally sell it at any gas station that has Diesal fuel.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:25 PM   #3
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My truck monitors the DEF level as I'm sure yours does. I just top it off when it gets to half empty. At the point it takes a whole jug which I get from the dealer. It will depend on how much towing or hard driving as to how much it will use. Basically the harder the engine has to work the more you will use.


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Old 05-18-2015, 06:49 PM   #4
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First, you're not going to go thru the stuff like its water carrying extra just because is a waste of space. There will be plenty of warning that you should be able to buy a jug as needed - it's even sold at Wal-Mart these days. The Blue Def stuff I buy comes in a 2 1/2 gal container with a handy dispensing hose.

Finally, don't let the dealer scare you with the "GM Approved" statement - it's al produced to an ISO spec so drive happy.
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Truck stops dispense it at the pumps. Cheapest way to fill it. My 2013 GMC alerts me when there is approximately 1000 miles of range left. Go to the auto parts store (or Walmart) and get a 2.5 gallon jug, pour it in and move on. It's really not a big deal, and nothing you need to carry with you.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:52 PM   #6
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Blue Def comes in a 2 1/2 gallon plastic container with a nozzle to attach to it at Wally World and Home Depot for around $12.00. DEF shelf life is normally 2 years.

This link is to show pic only since it's $32.00

Peak Blue Def DEF002 Diesel Exhaust Fluid 2 5 Gallon Box with Dispenser | eBay

Should have added: You'll get about 5,000 miles on a full DEF tank with the DURAMAX and the warning comes on with about 900 miles left
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:09 PM   #7
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Truck stops dispense it at the pumps. Cheapest way to fill it. My 2013 GMC alerts me when there is approximately 1000 miles of range left. Go to the auto parts store (or Walmart) and get a 2.5 gallon jug, pour it in and move on. It's really not a big deal, and nothing you need to carry with you.
Exactly. My Ford F350 is that way. I get a message that I've got 500 miles to refill it. No problem. Refill at a truck stop or look for a Fred Meyers and buy 2.5 gallons.
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I don't store any of it, home or in the truck. It has a limited shelf life. A little bit of DEF gets you a long ways and depending on your truck you should get tons of warning. As others have said, you can get it anywhere you get diesel for the most part.

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 wouldn't worry about, and have never considered any of those points. Get it when you remember to fill it and act normal around it.

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Ok, I'm not a diesel guy but would consider one down the road. So I have to ask, what is DEF and why is it used?
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Ok, I'm not a diesel guy but would consider one down the road. So I have to ask, what is DEF and why is it used?
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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