Hello! My name is Šarūnas, and I’m working in Ruptela technical support department for more than 6 years. During these years, I’ve done quite many online and onsite trainings, and would like to share my knowledge in an upcoming blog post series Tech. Tips.
Getting accurate fuel data is one of the most frequent requests that we get. Fuel is one of the main expenses for fleets and companies want to use it as effectively as possible. The first thing in doing this is starting to monitor your fleets fuel data, and fuel level sensors (FLS) are the best way to do it.
However, fuel level sensors tend to be surrounded by myths and false assumptions. Most of it comes from simply not knowing facts or are based on previous bad experiences with fuel level sensors.
Here are the 4 most common myths about fuel level sensors:
- EXPLOSION – Fuel tank will explode or cause a fire while drilling a hole in it.
- ENGINE DAMAGE – Metal shavings, left after drilling, will damage vehicle engine.
- LOW ACCURACY – Sensors have huge measurement variations and give inaccurate data.
- NOT RELIABLE – Few days after the installation sensors stop sending data.
Let’s look deeper at each of these myths and check if they are correct or false.
Will fuel tank explode while drilling it? Everybody knows that when you combine fuel with fire, it gives a dangerous situation. But that does not directly apply to all kind of fuels.
Petrol is very explosive in all conditions, and that is a fact. But what about diesel? Even being quite similar to petrol in looks, diesel has very different properties, and it takes quite an effort to make diesel burn. Diesel fires in diesel engines only when it’s spread to very tiny particles by an injector and then these particles are affected by very high pressure.
When drilling a fuel tank for fuel level sensor installation, we neither have diesel particles, neither pressure. To show what it takes to make diesel burn with open fire, have a look at the video below.
So will fuel tank explode while drilling it? The answer is no (as long as it is diesel fuel).