Delphi Introduces Handheld Diesel Fuel Analyser for First Level Fuel Diagnostics

Delphi, a leading OE manufacturer of advanced diesel fuel injection systems, is launching at the 2010 Automechanika show a new fuel analyser that will enable workshops, garages and fleets to perform real-time analysis of fuel content at an affordable price. The new fuel analyser will help identify any fuel impurities when diagnosing faults or prior to filling a vehicle’s fuel tank, reducing the risk of damage to the fuel injection system.

Up to now, analytical options have been limited, with most workshops choosing to send samples to a specialist laboratory for analysis, costing both time and money.

Independent research has revealed that up to 80% of diesel engine problems stem from contaminated or poor quality fuel. Running vehicles on sub-standard fuel can lead to performance issues such as filter plugging, injector coking, piston ring sticking and breaking. Such problems need to be identified at the earliest possible opportunity in order to minimize longer term damage to the engine. Immediate and accurate analysis of the fuel is therefore critical.

—Philippe Desnos, Global Marketing Director, Delphi Product & Service Solutions, Diesel

Incorporating patented electronic technology, the hand-held unit is designed to provide workshops and garages with real time analysis of fuel content at an affordable price. It specifies the level of biodiesel in the fuel sample and identifies impurities, such as non-refined vegetable oils and gasoline, giving immediate and accurate results via a digital display screen.

The volume of fuel required to undertake the analysis is only 46ml, which can be retrieved from the fuel pump or filter. This will allow technicians receiving only system components to diagnose impurities just as easily as those working directly on the vehicle. Using the data gathered, technicians can quickly establish whether there is an unacceptable amount of biodiesel or any impurities present that will impact on the fuel injection system.

The complete fuel analyser kit from Delphi also includes a USB cable, a plug adapter, three 50ml measuring tubes, a Quickstart Guide and a CD with a complete user manual and reporting software, available in 10 languages. The kit is presented in a lightweight carry case that can be used independently without the need to link to additional equipment.

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