Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa





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    Default Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa

    Hi All.

    I am in the market for a Hilux Xtra cab 3.0 4X4 D4D, around the 2013 model for some trips into Africa.

    I was chatting to a friend and he mentioned that the Diesel fuel you find in Africa will destroy to diesel pump and engine because of it being 500ppm and not 50ppm. As far as I know, although the 500ppm isn't great, you aren't going to find nice 50ppm in too many places in Africa. I will definitely use the proper filter and strainers to make sure there's no water and contaminates etc. when fueling up.

    My question is:
    Should I still go for the Hilux Xtra cab 3.0 D4D or rather consider a petrol version. (I always understood that Africa runs on Diesel.)
    Does anyone have practical experience with this situation?

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    Default Re: Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa

    There are many, many D4d Hiluxes running in Africa on whatever diesel is available.

    My diesel Prado had Zambian diesel closer to 3000ppm than 500 and it was fine. Just did an oil and filter change as soon as we got home. We also used an external Racor filter to trap major particles and water.
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    Default Re: Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa

    The manual of a 2.8GD6 says it'll be more than happy with 500ppm. I would assume the exact same for the D4D. It's probably less "finkiky"
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    Default Re: Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa

    Its NOT the ppm that's the problem, its the dirt!!
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    Default Re: Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    Its NOT the ppm that's the problem, its the dirt!!
    Yip and water. Both which can be found at your nearest local Caltex/ Engen/ Shell garage as well, even in 50 ppm.

    As was explained to me before our Zambian trip: the high ppm turns the engine oil goohy. So do an oil and filter change as soon as possible when back. The person who explained it to me reckoned, they do 5 000 km oil changes, not 10 000 km, for that exact reason.
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    Default Re: Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa

    The D4D runs on 500ppm with not problems. In fact, my 3.0 D4D feels, runs and sounds better with the 500ppm.

    Just get an extra diesel filter like a Donaldson 2 micron filter. Then you can run 500 no problem.
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    Default Re: Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa

    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Yip and water. Both which can be found at your nearest local Caltex/ Engen/ Shell garage as well, even in 50 ppm.

    As was explained to me before our Zambian trip: the high ppm turns the engine oil goohy. So do an oil and filter change as soon as possible when back. The person who explained it to me reckoned, they do 5 000 km oil changes, not 10 000 km, for that exact reason.
    Depends on what oil you use and the health of the motor, also is egr open or closed.

    I run full synthetic 5w40 shell in my D4D, oil stays cleaner than some semi synthetic D4dís use.
    But I do pay R200 more a oil service for that synthetic oil.
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    Default Re: Hilux D4D Diesel fuel in Africa

    Yes the D4D is made for 500ppm with no issues. As far as I understand some of the newer vehicles cant run on 500ppm because of the injector openings that is smaller and then it blocks easily.
    And these day you can find 50ppm almost everywhere in Africa.

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