The importance of using REAL AdBlue™
Tue, July 23, 2013 - 2:26:38
AdBlue™ is becoming increasingly prominent in the traditional diesel market, with more and more vehicles, machinery and equipment being legally required to use it as a result of the European Emission Standards. For the vehicle owners and companies with fleets, AdBlue™ is another overhead they now have to cover.
Vehicles that utilise AdBlue™ cannot run properly without it; when the tank is empty, engine power will gradually be reduced to up to 60% of its normal level. As not refilling the vehicle’s AdBlue™ tank is therefore not an option, some users have attempted to find other ways to cost cut. In all situations this is NOT a good idea.
AdBlue™ contains high-purity, synthetically produced urea in de-mineralised water, which cannot be made under anything but extremely pure, clinical conditions to ensure that production meets the strict AdBlue™ quality standards of ISO 22241-1. It is virtually impossible to make product that is within the tolerances set out by the VDA yourself, and as such, substituting AdBlue™ with any non-approved product could seriously affect your vehicle.
The SCR systems that utilise AdBlue™ are extremely sensitive to any impurities in the urea solution; with even the smallest quantities of impurities severely damaging it. Most vehicle and equipment manufacturers will not support warranty claims if AdBlue™ not conforming to ISO standards is utilised. Therefore, users should only ever purchase from genuine suppliers, as the expensive costs associated with the damaged SCR system much outweighs the purchasing costs of real AdBlue™.
Additionally, users should always be wary when purchasing cheaper, unbranded versions of “AdBlue™”. Not only may this cause damage if impurities are present, there have been cases where diluted down AdBlue™ has been sold. Diluted solutions are likely to increase consumption rates, making it in the long run more expensive.
A few tips when purchasing AdBlue™:
• Always purchase from a supplier who are able to provide you with a Certificate of Conformity
• Think twice when buying unbranded AdBlue™ from companies who say it is “their version” of the solution
• Look out for “Automotive Urea Solution” or similar names. This is some suppliers’ way of getting round the ISO 22241-1 quality standards