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does anyone know if there are any requirements for servos to sell winter or Alpine diesel in certain areas in winter? Yes I've been caught out buying diesel in a cold area that froze and turned to vasceline. (tractor not my Pajero)......... servo concerned (Michelago) doesn't care as its not their problem as they don't advertise "winter" diesel.
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I don't think its a specific requirement, but you are able to buy an additive separately I believe.
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Diesel will only start to wax at -15oC cant see it been a problem in Australia
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Basically all deliveries in the regions that need winter mix start getting it from mid March and is gradually phased in till full strength winter mix is all that is delivered in these regions by mid April, come sept is reversed and winter mix additives are leaned out so that by end of sept summer mix is delivered. Note winter mix is NOT alpine mix that is different again and is what is required and delivered in the designated alpine zones.
Most servos are not even aware they get winter mix, but anyone getting alpine will know as it is a special order.
Winter mix can still drop out if it is exposed to too many sub zero days without being used and is a common problem in tractors parked in the open and only occasionally used.
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dunno about -15 but I do have an issue , perhaps the stuff they sold is well below par? you can see my issue
edit: they have said they do not have "winter mix" at Michelago.
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I fill at that servo as well. I asked some time about it and the guy said he didn't know. I would expect it to be winter diesel, although the origin of the fuel could be from anywhere. The servo in question is United, and at times, I have wonderede about teh quality of the fuel, although I have had no problems as yet... I normally keep my Pajero inside the garage, but this week it has been out. Fortuinately it hasn't been that cold here - only down to -5. I did hear of a Toyota minibus crawling up some of the steeper hills around here because of fuel problems. If you hear more about Michalego and problems, please post it here so I can avoid the place.

There is a new Shell servo opened on the Southern side of Cooma. They are owned by Westoil and I suspect that they may be in the same boat re gelling of diesel. I find it hard to believe that the suppliers wouldn't get some winter mix for the colder areas, because they are likely to be in deep doggy doos if a few customers get stuck, yet in this day and age, anything is possible.
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I fill at that servo as well. I asked some time about it and the guy said he didn't know. I would expect it to be winter diesel,.................. .
avoid it and its not "winter" , area manager said so, "investigations" said so, strikes me as stupid considering Caltex recommends Alpine for the area.

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avoid it and its not "winter" , area manager said so, "investigations" said so, strikes me as stupid considering Caltex recommends Alpine for the area.

Thanks - I was wondering, now I am convinced. I had doubts about quality as well, although I have not noticed any significant differences in fuel consumption or performance between any of the brands I have used. I have installed a pre-filter, but you can get crap fuel anywhere, not just from United or other cheapies.

Incidentally, Canberra should be in a winter area as well. Does anyone know if they use winter diesel in Canberra?
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Ah. Just another one of the benefits of owning a petrol fuelled Pajero. Don't have to guess or worry about gelling of fuel in the freezing cold. V6 just keeps on truckin'. Go the mighty NL.
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Diesel will only start to wax at -15oC cant see it been a problem in Australia
who ever told you that is fulla shit. we have 2 pumps trailer mounted under cover in mid vic when it drops to -3 there not pumpin
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