What Manufacturers Should Know About Tariffs

In March 2018, the United States imposed tariffs and quotas on imports of specific steel and aluminum products from all countries with the exception of Australia.  Recently, the United States also imposed tariffs on a sizeable portion of imports from China. The Trump Administration created a list of $300 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports, with some with tariffs up to 25%. These tariffs have had an impact on United States producers and consumers as a consequence. There are many different outcomes in the trade war with China, we will look at the short term, long term, and immediate effects of the trade war.


What is a Tariff?

Tariffs add a cost to any product, and the government imposes this cost increase in the hopes of “leveling the playing field”. In terms of Trump’s tariffs, the goal is to make the U.S. self-sufficient, save dying industries, and protect U.S. intellectual property. A tariff makes products crossing the border more expensive, which, in theory, should provide an incentive to assemble and create products in the United States.  In return, this could lead to job creation and more reason for companies to do business within the United States.


Short-Term Effects

In the short term, tariffs threaten to hurt some American industries. China announced Monday that they will raise tariffs on $60 billion of American goods. American farming and chemical makers are bracing for hits to their revenue. Many farmers use Chinese products and machinery in order to grow crops, and these products will now have an additional cost. The short term fallout for investors has been more prominent with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping by 600 points on Monday. This is due to multinational corporations with significant exports, seeing less revenue and profits overall. In the long term, things are much more uncertain.


Long Term Effects

Talks between both countries are still ongoing and no clear trade agreement is on the table. The good news is there is a trade summit with China at the end of March, that could reshape the trade agreement between the United States and China. Long term damage could be imminent with the current trajectory of the trade war. Manufacturers and farmers will take a hit however, ultimately individual Americans will pay for the higher tariffs. The new policies also threaten the flow of Chinese investment in the United States. The United States has also done damage to America’s reputation as a reliable trade partner. On the positive side, the trade war could lead to China accepting a fair trade deal. Tariffs are seen as a way to bring back these jobs. According to the National Association of Manufacturing, tariffs on China could help protect intellectual property, but also raise the cost of manufacturing. China has largely operated without any opposition to intellectual property theft and currency manipulation, tariffs are seen as a way to encourage China to follow trade agreements previously established, and also convince them to come to a new trade agreement.


Tariffs and the Automotive and Diesel Industry

Now that we know how tariffs can impact manufacturing, let’s look at how the diesel and automotive industry will be impacted in particular. Cummins, the diesel and natural gas engine maker, says it expects $250 million in tariff-related costs in 2019. The engine maker predicts $150 million will be from direct tariffs and $100 million to be from increased metal prices. Bill Hanvey, the president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, urged President Trump to not follow through on increased tariffs.  According to the Auto Care Association, the proposed increase from 10% to 25% on Chinese goods would negatively impact manufacturers and the motoring public as a whole. They predict the motoring public would see higher prices on a wide range of products. China was the second largest producer of auto parts imported into the U.S., and totals over $20.1 billion worth of product.


China and the United States Response Going Forward

Starting June 1st, China is retaliating by raising tariffs on $60 billion dollars worth of goods. This is in direct response to the U.S decision to hike tariffs on Chinese goods. China has decided to increase these tariffs on more than 5,000 products, some increases will go as high as 25% while other goods are increasing to 20%. Previously, these rates were set between 10% and 5%. This will further increase the conflict between the two economies and could potentially damage the global economy as well. If China decides to not back down on tariffs and not come to an agreement, we could see the entire global economy suffer. Prices of imported and exported goods will continue to rise and as a result, the entire global economy could take a hit. China could decide to raise tariffs even more than they already have some think it could even trigger another global recession like in 2008. The Chinese economy is already shaky and a serious shock could send it into free fall. On the flip side, China could decide to put their differences aside and decide to negotiate with the United States. This would hurt them economically in the short term because they would have to follow regulations which they have been ignoring for years. This could cause China to have to abide by Intellectual Property Laws, which has given the Chinese an advantage for years. Leveling the playing field means somebody loses, and in this case, China would be the biggest loser.

If the United States continues to play hardball with China, the economic impacts won’t be as severe as it would be for China. American workers, particularly in the agricultural and manufacturing industry, will pay higher prices for goods as this trade war continues. These prices could, in theory, go higher if the trade war becomes more extreme, with either side refusing to give any room to the other. However, if the United States decides to back down now, it could be even worse for our economy. This retreat of economic activity would be seen as a weakness, and the Chinese would take full advantage by manipulating the economy more than it already is. The best scenario for both countries is to come to an agreement fast so the economy can be allowed to flourish on its own.


Overall, the impact of tariffs on the economy is not black and white as some may think. It is a complicated issue with many variables that are changing daily. The long term effects could be much worse than the short term if both countries cannot come to an agreement. As it stands now, both countries are suffering due to this trade war. The United States needs to stay strong, in order to ensure that our trade in China is fair and complies with international laws.


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Fuel Crime: Man Arrested For Carrying Multiple Barrels Of Diesel In His Van

Diesel vehicles are common in the United States. Considering the fact that a diesel engine can power a vehicle between 400 and 800 miles on a single tank of gas, that isn’t very surprising. Every single component involved in diesel fuel systems — from the diesel fuel lift pump to the universal diesel fuel pump — work together to create a highly efficient machine. Unfortunately, the rise in both gas and diesel prices is forcing some people to act outside of the law.


The most despicable of these are stealing credit cards to load up on the valuable fuel, which they would then resell. They would install credit card skimmers in gas station pumps, encode a blank card with the stolen information, and then use the new card to purchase fuel. While this is undoubtedly criminal behavior (several diesel fuel rings have been busted and sentenced within the last few years), the most recent case in California was less extreme.


A California man was found by authorities to have five barrels of diesel — totaling a staggering 285 gallons — in the back of his minivan.


“We understand fuel prices are going up, but this is not the way to stock up on fuel,” the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said. “For obvious reasons, this is highly illegal and dangerous.”


He was given a “verbal yet lawful order” to remain at the gas station until the vehicle was in compliance, and the CHP even gave him information to assist him in moving the fuel. Of course, the man and his $943 worth of diesel didn’t listen.


“As soon as we left, he pulled out from the fuel station and was stopped again,” the CHP stated. “He was arrested for disobeying a lawful order.”


Although the article doesn’t say whether or not he was working for a diesel theft ring, diesel owners the nation over should take his arrest as a warning. No matter how thrifty you’re trying to be, transporting an obscene amount of fuel is dangerous, could land you in jail, and probably won’t even end up saving you very much in the end. Instead, spend your money on what matters: upgrade your engine with a new universal diesel fuel pump, or improve its air intake system.

The Dirt on Diesel Fuel Filter Ratings

diesel filter manufacturersFor many diesel drivers, fuel filtration can prove to be confusing. They know it’s an important part of their engine’s overall good health, but don’t often get into the details. Today’s diesel fuel systems are highly efficient, providing an estimated 45 MPG on the highway and they demand quality filtration to help them run at peak efficiency. To keep up with the ever-changing filter industry, it’s important to know all there is to know about the filtration standards as diesel engine technology continues to advance. You’ve likely invested a lot of money into your diesel vehicle and you want to make sure that investment stays protected. One way you can do this is by learning how diesel filter manufacturers rate their filters and how effective they are. What do the various ratings mean and how critical are they for keeping your diesel engine running smoothly?

What is a filter rating?
The main job of diesel fuel filters is to work with the diesel fuel pump to keep out impurities like water, rust and dirt, to prevent them from passing on through the filter. Fuel filter manufacturers rate their products depending on their ability to prevent particles of a certain size to pass through. This rating is given by diesel filter manufacturers in a number of microns, and the number depends on how large or small the particles are which the filter can effectively remove. But the number alone doesn’t determine the ultimate effectiveness of a filter. Other factors include Absoulte, Nominal and Beta Ratings.

Absolute isn’t always absolute
Absolute Rating, a term given by diesel filter manufacturers, might sound like it means that a particle no bigger than a given size will pass through the holes in a filter. It should mean that if a particle is larger than the hole, it won’t pass through. But there is some discrepancy between filters that are tested in a lab using glass beads and a real world situation where temperatures in an engine are going to be higher with more vibration. Also, variances in manufacturing can create differences within the filter where the pores may not all be consistent in size. This creates the possibility that if you have a filter that is 10 microns in size for example, that a larger particle might sneak through. But the definition of Absolute Rating ensures that the number stated is the upper limit of the filter.

Nominal isn’t always nominal
Along with a filter’s Absolute Rating, its Nominal Rating reflects the ability to prevent a certain percentage of particles over a given size from getting through. The figure given for a Nominal Rating might be stated as “95% of 10 microns”, which translates into the filter trapping nearly all particles 10 microns and larger from getting through. But on the flip side, a small percentage of particles over 10 microns might not be caught.

Beta Rating: Combining Absolute and Nominal
Since the above ratings scales have some constraints, the diesel fuel systems industry developed the Beta Rating, which takes into account both the size of the particles which pass through the filter and how many make it. For example, a filter that is assigned a Beta Rating of “2 of 10 microns” means that in laboratory testing using a 10 micron filter, 2 particles were detected as being trapped by the filter, whereas 1 particle was detected as passing through. In other words, a filter with a Beta Rating of 2 successfully filters out 50% of the particles thrown at it. Obviously here you want to look for a filter with a high Beta Rating, as that means it will be more effective in keeping contaminants out.

When researching diesel fuel filters, be sure to keep all of the above information regarding ratings in mind instead of just relying on one number. This will help to maximize the efficiency of the filter. If you still have questions, contact your diesel filter manufacturers or suppliers for more information.

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2019 Chevy Silverado Packs More Power Than Ford

American vehicles have always been associated with more: we like them big, fast, and powerful. This is precisely why car companies like Ford and Chevrolet have come to be known as iconic American brands; their recognizable trucks, like the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado, have established themselves as the biggest and the best — and the most powerful. Though Ford has held the reigns for years (after all, the company did invent cars in the first place), Chevrolet is giving the manufacturing giant a run for its money with the new diesel 2019 Chevy Silverado.


The new inline six-cylinder 3.0-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine purportedly offers 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Though the official specs haven’t been released yet, a credible document submitted anonymously reveals that the diesel engine (and diesel fuel systems) in the new 2019 model is edging out Ford’s competing engine, and potentially Ram’s as well.


General Motors has recently confirmed these power figures, and added the statement that the diesel engine “is priced identically to the 6.2L V-8 as a $2,495 premium over a 5.3L V-8 model (or $3,890 over a 2.7L Turbo model) making the 3.0L Duramax the most affordable light-duty diesel engine on the market,” via email. Apparently, discerning truck owners will be able to order the powerful Silverado this summer; though the 3.0-liter Duramax engine does not come standard on the vehicle, customers will be able to order it with the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trims.


For every 100 trucks sold in the U.S., 10 diesel trucks are sold. When you understand the power behind the engine, that number makes sense. America is a nation of doers; we’re deeply committed to the work that Chevy Silverados and Ford F-150s allow us to do. At the same time, we’re dedicated to the care of the vehicles themselves — after all, you can’t bring a diesel engine like the 3.0-liter Duramax into your life if you don’t know how it functions and what it needs to function at its best. It’s vital that you learn the ins and outs of diesel fuel systems — from the diesel fuel lift pump to the fuel air separation system — in order to keep the beast under your hood in tip-top shape.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Diesel Engine in Tip Top Shape

There are a number of reasons to go with a diesel engine for your truck. While only one in ten trucks sold in the United States has one, they have amazing gas mileage.  One tank of fuel can go between 400 and 800 miles. This is an mpg of 45 on the highway. If you have one, you probably want to keep it running well, you will be happy to hear that there are. From keeping your diesel lift pump to checking the air filters, there are things you can do for your engine.

  1. Keep an eye on the gaskets. Your diesel engine gaskets need some care and feeling in order for the engine to run properly. These are prone to damage from vibration. You should make it a point to keep the mounting bolts tight as ignoring this can be the cause of leaks. If you do have a gasket that is leaking, you should just replace all of them. When one is leaking, it means the others are about to start.
  2. Keep an eye on your air filters. It is important to check your air filters on a regular basis and change them as you need to. The good news is that if you are used to changing air filters in a gas engine, you should have no problem changing a diesel one. There are differences you should know about, however. Diesel air filters are most often found in the cold air collector. Another big difference between diesel air filters and the ones in a gas engine is that the entire engine needs to be shut down before you change out the filters. The powerful air intake system in a diesel engine can pull in just about anything around it. Shut it all down to be safe. Remember, it is a lot less expensive to replace an air filter than a diesel engine so do not skip this step.
  3. Keep an eye on your diesel fuel filters. In most heavy-duty engine setups there are two separate diesel fuel filters. Your primary filter can be found in between the engine itself and the fuel tank. Your second filter lives closer to the engine. This is responsible for cleaning the fuel before it is able to reach the fuel injectors and diesel lift pump. Again, the process to change out fuel filters in a diesel engine is similar to the one used in gas engines but it is always advisable to check your owner’s manual.
  4. Keep an eye on the fuel system. Diesel fuel systems need to be primed and bled from time to time. The fuel lines have to be properly bled of any air bubbles before you even think about changing the fuel filters. The fuel lines need to be clear. This can be done by using the manual primer pump. You can also check the diesel fuel pump. You will know when you have all of the air out of the system when the air-bleed screw stops hissing. Also, keep an eye on your diesel lift pumps at the same time.
  5. Keep an eye on the water separator. It is common for diesel engines to have a water separator. This is important for getting any water that has condensed out of the fuel itself. This happens all of the time. This lives oftentimes around the primary fuel filter. This can be drained manually by using the petcock valve. If you always keep the fuel tank at near full, you will prevent water from condensing in the first place.
  6. Get your truck ready for the colder months. If you live in a region with a real winter you will need to help it perform at its best. Cold weather can wreak havoc on a diesel engine. By adding an electric heater to your diesel engine, you can help it work better in very cold conditions. Adding starting fluid (only a tiny bit) to the combustion chamber can also help.

Owning a truck with a diesel engine can be a great value. When you pay attention to your diesel lift pump, filters, and other basic parts of the system you will keep it happy.

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5 Components of Diesel Fuel Systems

One out of every 100 cars sold in America has a diesel engine. It’s estimated that cars with diesel engines can achieve up to 45 Miles Per Gallon (MPG) on the highway.

The elements of diesel fuel systems are designed to work together to inject a specific amount of pressurized and atomized fuel into the engine cylinders at the right time. When this fuel mixes with hot, compressed air, combustion takes place. This is unlike gas engines, where combustion is caused by an electrical spark. Because diesel fuel systems work differently than gas fuel systems do, they are designed with these differences in mind. Here are five components of a diesel fuel system, along with information about what they do.

1. The Fuel Tank.

A fuel tank must have the ability to store enough fuel to keep the engine operational for a reasonable amount of time. It must also be closed to avoid foreign particle contamination. The tank also requires vents to enable air to enter and replace fuel being used. Fuel tanks also need three additional openings; one for filling the tank, one for discharging fuel, and one for drainage.

2. The Fuel Lines.

There are three different kinds of fuel lines in diesel cars. Heavyweight fuel lines can withstand the high pressures between the fuel injection pump and the fuel injectors. Medium weight fuel lines are designed for medium to light fuel pressure existing between the fuel tank and the injection pump. Lightweight fuel lines can be used in areas subjected to little no pressure.

3. The Diesel Fuel Filters.

To prevent foreign particles from clogging the fuel system, the diesel fuel in most systems must be filtered several times. Conventional systems generally include three progressive filters; a filter screen near the diesel fuel transfer pump or the tank, then a primary fuel filter, followed by a secondary filter.

4. The Diesel Fuel Pumps

Diesel fuel transfer pumps are used in high-speed diesel fuel systems to automatically supply fuel to the injection system. Pumps often come with a lever for releasing air from the system and are nearly always jerk pumps.

5. The Fuel Injectors.

Fuel injectors are often considered to be the most significant component of diesel fuel systems. The even distribution of atomized, pressurized fuel throughout the cylinders leads to more power, better fuel economy, less noise from the engine, and a car that operates more smoothly.

Today’s diesel fuel injectors employ piezoelectricity. Wikipedia defines this as an electric charge accumulating in some solid materials as a response to applied mechanical stress. These types of fuel injectors are exceptionally precise and can withstand substantial pressure.

Cars having diesel engines can offer better fuel economy than some cars with gas engines. To perform at this level, diesel cars must have a fuel system with all of its components (fuel tank, fuel lines, fuel filters, fuel pumps, and fuel injectors) in proper working order. Understanding what these components do aids you in caring for them well.

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Diesel Diligence: 3 Ways To Care For Your Fuel System

Diesel engines are notorious for their efficiency. In fact, a single tank of gas in a diesel engine is known to power a vehicle between 400 and 800 miles, explaining their popularity in the trucking industry. Despite these impressive numbers, they aren’t self-sufficient; like any quality product, diesel fuel systems need to be cared for in order to function at the highest level possible. If you’re car-savvy and know your way around diesel fuel lift pumps and diesel filtration systems, make sure that you’re keeping up-to-date on the following maintenance.

  • Fuel: Amazingly, repair statistics reveal contaminated fuel to be the cause of 90% of diesel engine problems. (This won’t be an issue if your filters are fully functioning, but we’ll get to that in a second.) If you’re unsure whether or not your fuel is dirty, simply pump some into a clean glass jar and wait a few minutes; if any contaminants settle to the bottom, you’ll know that it’s time to find a new source of diesel fuel.
  • Prevent algae: Just like mold on bread, algae and fungi can thrive in fuel tanks. These microbes depend on both fuel and water to survive, though eliminating water from your tank is major; unfortunately, that’s not always possible. To cover all your bases, your fuel should be treated with a biocide to ensure no bacteria can grow.
  • Tank: However, even the most meticulous of drivers can end up with dirty fuel and microbial growth. To stay on top of your fuel system’s health, it’s advisable to clean out the tank every so often; every few years (at the very least), draw some fuel from the bottom of the tank to check for water and/or sediment — it’ll be worth the effort in the long run.

When it comes to the air fuel separator diesel doesn’t always make things easy. Sometimes — no matter how well-versed you are with the intricacies under the hood — it’s hard to find your way around. By having a professional take a look every year (or more, depending on your vehicle’s age), you can guarantee that your diesel fuel pumps and filters are in perfect working condition. Only by caring for your diesel fuel systems will they continue to perform with quality and efficiency.

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3 Winter Tips To Keep Your Diesel Engine Running Smoothly In Frigid Temps

For many people, their cars are like their children. And just like with children, you need to keep them safe when the weather turns cold and the snow starts to fall. Though your diesel vehicle may not suffer from frostbite, there are a number of weather-related damage that could occur if you don’t prepare for it ahead time. We may be in the thick of this frigid season, but it’s never too late to take the proper precautions to safeguard the health of your diesel engine. Here are three ways to do just that.

  • Test your batteries: Just like any other car, testing your batteries to make sure they can handle the added strain of colder temperatures can ensure you don’t get stranded. The average car battery lasts between two and five years; if yours is getting on in age (or you can’t remember how long you’ve had it) testing it is the best way to see if it’ll make it through winter.
  • Use an anti-gel additive: Diesel fuel systems are a vital component of your vehicle. In severe cold, diesel fuel can reach its cloud point (the measure of diesel’s low-temperature operability) and begin to thicken and gel up. Most diesel fuels do this between 20 and -18 degrees Fahrenheit. By including a fuel additive in the winter, you can prevent your fuel from gelling up.
  • Change your diesel fuel filters: Diesel fuel filters are the most common freeze point for diesel fuel. Because only a minimal amount of diesel remains in the filter while your vehicle sits in subzero temperatures overnight, it freezes much easier and much faster than it would in the tank. Swapping out your old filter for a new one can reduce your chances of gelling — you don’t know if your current filter is partially clogged, which makes gelling more likely.

There may be 50 different kinds of diesel engines, but all of them will benefit from the above winter weather maintenance. Even if you consider your vehicle to be nothing more than a way to get from Point A to Point B, prepping your engine for subzero temperatures is still a wise decision; if you don’t dedicate the time to your diesel fuel lift pump and battery, you might end up going nowhere fast.

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Funky Fuel Pumps: Upgrading Your System With Performance Injectors

If you’re one of the people who treat their vehicle like their child, you understand the importance of quality. When it comes to efficiency, diesel is as high-quality as you can get: the diesel engine rates number one for most efficient internal combustion and can run you between 400 and 800 miles on a single tank.

While your diesel vehicle is already doing great, sometimes we feel the call of the wild — an urge to really ramp up the speed and power and feel that engine rumble. Upgrading your fuel system is one of the easiest ways to do just that.

Parts Of A Whole

Diesel fuel systems are comprised of several components: the tank, which of course holds the diesel fuel; the fuel air separation system, which does exactly what it says on the tin; the diesel fuel lift pump, which is responsible for pulling fuel from the tank to the injector; and then the injector, which injects the fuel into the engine’s internal combustion chamber. Diesel fuel pumps play a major role, but investing in performance fuel injectors first can maximize your vehicle’s fuel delivery and atomization.

Depending on your vehicle, you have a variety of different types of performance fuel injectors to choose from. However, we recommend you choose a provider that can ensure a custom fit; these injectors are created and designed for your make and model, ensuring and original equipment (OE) fit. While doing your research, look out for companies that rigorously test for leaks, precise pressure, and spray pattern consistency — it shows that they’re as dedicated to your satisfaction as you are.

Once you select an injector that works with your system, you may want to look into upgrading your diesel fuel pumps to get even more power. High-flow diesel fuel pumps ensure optimal fuel flow to increase horsepower, torque, and throttle response.

It can be quite astonishing how a few simple changes can turn a boring diesel car or truck into a powerful beast. The amount of power you want (and money you’re willing to spend) dictates what performance fuel injector and fuel pump system you end up with. So, what are you waiting for? Go show that road whose boss!

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The Difference Of Diesel: A Look At The 5 Best Diesel Engines Ever Made

diesel fuel transfer pumpDiesel vehicles are favored among many blue collar workers. With enough strength to tackle the heaviest loads and enough power to get long-haul truckers where they need to go without breaking the bank on fuel, it’s no wonder that 10 diesel engine trucks are sold for every 100 trucks in America.

The secret comes down to the engine’s specific components: from diesel fuel lift pumps to diesel filtration systems, diesel engine manufacturers are bringing together pieces that will allow for a highly efficient machine. But even among the best, there are standout winners that tower above their brethren; whether they paved the way for greatness in diesel design or revolutionized the industry, here are the top five best diesel engines ever made.

  1. International 7.3L Power Stroke: The Power Stroke revolutionized diesel truck ownership in the United States. Offering reliability, these engines helped start a horsepower and torque race among the Big Three (Cummins, Power Stroke, and Duramax), and was instrumental in pushing diesel ownership into the mainstream.
  2. GM 6.6L Duramax: General Motors upped its game with the creation of the Isuzu-built Duramax in 2001. Now, the refined beast is capable of outrunning both Cummins and Power Stroke in the diesel power war.
  3. Caterpillar C12 Super Truck Racing Engine: This engine can propel a massive racing big ring to 100 mph in just 7.9 seconds. As a result, the Caterpillar team won several championships on the back of this indestructible monster.
  4. Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C: This powerful engine is used to move container ships, cruise liners, and generates a heck of a lot of force!
  5. International DT466: Fleet managers across the country love to power their medium-duty transportation trucks with the DT466 because they run forever, are efficient, supply good power for moving freight, and can be rebuilt right in the chassis.
  6. The Cummins B-Series: It may not have been the first, but the B-Series Cummins brought some much-earned respectability to diesel pickup trucks. With enough torque to relocate skyscrapers, the B-Series continues to shine.

From diesel fuel transfer pumps to fuel air separation systems, diesel engines truly do operate like well-oiled machines. As diesel has (as shown by the above 10 engines) and continues to prove, the fuel system is timeless — so don’t hesitate to upgrade yours with a new diesel fuel transfer pump today.