Work truck: Fuel tank for Ford trucks
Utility trucks: Titan’s rear-aft fuel tank keeps Ford trucks in service by taking diesel fuel integrity out of the equation. The 40-gallon polyethylene tank is impervious to corrosive diesel fuels and helps fleets save on maintenance, while extending the service life of Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks.
Utility work trucks: Titan Fuel Tanks, a manufacturer of high-performance, engineered, polymer aftermarket fuel tanks, announced that it has started shipping its new 40-gallon 8020011, cross-linked polyethylene, rear-aft fuel tank. The polymer tank is the only one on the market engineered to fit 2011-2015 Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 diesel cab and chassis trucks.
Titan’s new tank virtually eliminates the service and maintenance issues associated with diesel fuel line contamination originating in OE and aftermarket steel fuel tanks. The tank was met with widespread fleet interest during its first public display on June 8, at the Equipment Fleet Management 2014 National Conference and Trade Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
For years, widespread problems have been attributed to fuel-related degradation and delamination of the protective linings of steel fuel tanks. Titan’s polymer tanks aren’t susceptible to the chemical and biological reactions that diesel, bio-diesel fuels and additives are accused of causing in steel fuel tanks. Formed from military-grade, cross-linked polyethylene (XLHDPE), Titan aftermarket fuel tanks can safely be used with the wide array of bio-diesel fuels and blends on the market today.
“We serve many fleets and have seen a large volume of delamination-related problems in fuel pumps, filters and injectors,” said Paul Nishanian, executive vice president for Xtreme Diesel Performance (XDP). “Titan’s innovation has been instrumental in providing the industry and the fleets we serve with a viable alternative to steel replacement tanks that are prone to the same failure as original equipment steel tanks.”
The interior surfaces of both OE and aftermarket steel fuel tanks are commonly lined with a coating that can begin to degrade when exposed to the chemical and biological makeup of many of today¹s diesel and bio-diesel fuels. As the coating deteriorates, particles of it are sloughed off, contaminating the fuel source, causing failures along the fuel¹s path through pumps, filters and injectors.
Fuel tank delamination is considered a fuel-related issue and is not covered under warranty. Repair costs can mount rapidly and in many cases a new steel tank with the same susceptibility to failure is installed. The recurring problem has become an issue for consumers and public and private fleets alike.
“The past repairs stemming from steel fuel tank contamination have been so pervasive, we had to consider a range of options including complete vehicle population replacement,” said Matt Long, heavy equipment instructor for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Highways Division and formerly their highway equipment supervisor. “After a field study with Titan¹s cross-linked polyethylene tanks, we decided to keep our Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 but to replace all their steel fuel tanks. We have realized substantial savings in repairs and new vehicle replacement costs, while renewing the utility of our existing fleet assets.”
Titan’s new 40-gallon tank, product number 8020011, is designed to replace 2011-2015 Ford original equipment part numbers CC3Z9B210B and CC3Z9002B. The polyethylene tanks are much lighter than their steel counterparts, 200 times less thermal conductive and their insulating properties eliminate condensation. Titan¹s polymer replacement fuel tanks will never corrode and have a rollover vent valve with a vent hose and drain plug.
The new tanks are easy to install, come in kit form and are available now in the United States, Canada and Australia. The vehicle’s stock fuel sending unit can be reused and replacement skid plates, straps and ancillary components ordered from any Ford dealership. All Titan replacement fuel tanks are backed by the company¹s exclusive five-year limited warranty.
Titan specializes in designing and manufacturing innovative aftermarket fuel tank solutions and has a dedicated engineering staff with expertise in working with advanced polymer tank construction. Titan’s employs finite element analysis (FEA), to simulate dynamic stresses on components and their tank systems as a whole. Simulations include virtual crash testing, off-road strain and accelerated aging. The company produces fuel tanks for fleets and other end-users of Ford, GMC, Chevrolet and Dodge brands.