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OEM Manufacturer Fuel Statements & Warranties
 

    According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, “Manufacturers warrant their products against defects in materials and workmanship. In general, use of a particular fuel should have no effect on the materials and workmanship warranty.” This means that the use of BioDiesel should not “void the warranty,” as this is prohibited by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Manufacturers warrant their product against flaws & defects, not the fuel. Manufacturers are concerned that excessive use of BioDiesel may result in increased numbers of warranty claims for what are actually problems caused by bad fuel. Engine and vehicle manufacturers are generally comfortable with blends containing between 5% to 20% BioDiesel, but this percentage is climbing.

Many OEM engine manufacturers are acknowledging BioDiesel is ok to use by stating their opinions about using various blends in their equipment. While manufacturers do not warrant the fuel itself, many have position statements and recommendations on BioDiesel use. More manufacturers are climbing on board with BioDiesel recommendations & in fact at least one manufacturer ships out all it's vehicles with a blend of BioDiesel fuel in each vehicle as it leaves the factory!.


   
Click on the links above to locate your OEM engine manufacturers position statement about biodiesel usage. These links contain a number of OEM position statements regarding the use of BioDiesel in engines manufactured by automotive, industrial & agricultural vehicle & equipment manufacturers. We have the official OEM position statements from Case, Caterpillar, Dodge, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Ford, PowerStroke, GM, DuraMax, International, John Deere, Kubota, Mack, Mercedes Benz, New Holland, Nissan, StanaDyne, Volvo, and VW diesel.

 
Here is a truncated brief synopsis of some OEM statements.

Manufacturer

Position

EMA

Up to 5% BioDiesel, must meet ASTM D6751

Caterpillar

Many engines approved for B100, others limited to B5. Must meet ASTM 6751

Cummins

All engines approved for up to 5% BioDiesel, must meet ASTM D6751

Ford

Up to 5% BioDiesel, must meet both ASTM D6751 and EN 14214

General Motors

All engines approved for up to 5% BioDiesel, must meet ASTM 6751

International

Approve up to 20% BioDiesel, must meet ASTM D6751

Daimler Chrysler

5% BioDiesel factory fill on all new 2005 Jeep Liberty Common Rail Diesel vehicles

John Deere

All engines approved for 5% BioDiesel, must meet ASTM D6751
Note: Recently announced 2% BioDiesel factory fill on all new products leaving the factory.

 

Fuel Injection Equipment

Position

Bosch

Up to 5% BioDiesel, must meet EN 14214

Delphi

Up to 5% BioDiesel, must meet ASTM D6751

Stanadyne

Up to 20% BioDiesel, must meet ASTM D6751


Suggestions: Consult with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and engine warranty statement before using BioDiesel. Make sure all BioDiesel used meets ASTM D6751 quality standards. Look on-line to inquire if others are using biodiesel in the same vehicle you have, ask what percentage they are using & if they have seen any problems. One strategy if you do have problems would be to retain samples of fuel for future testing if, or to take fuel samples if there are problems.

 

For information on how Alcohol or E-Diesel in your Diesel fuel system may effect your engine warranty, read this Official position statement from Cummins & Bosch Don't burn E-Diesel or Alcohol!
 

For more information, check out the buttons above or go to the National BioDiesel Board’s Standards and Warranties web page

 

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