AdBlue – the Dos & Don’ts by Steve Clarke at FleetMaxx Solutions


As we navigate the ever-evolving changing world of vehicle maintenance and efficiency, it’s crucial to pay special attention to the little details that can make a big difference. Steve shares some indispensable dos and don’ts for optimising AdBlue usage.

The Dos:

1. Source Wisely: Ensure that your AdBlue comes from reputable suppliers licensed by VDA. Trustworthy sourcing is the foundation of a smooth operational experience.

2. Trademark Awareness: Keep an eye out for the AdBlue trademark, both at gas stations and on the packaging of airtight containers. This insignia signifies quality and adherence to industry standards.

3. Protect Your Investment: Shield your product from contamination by employing dedicated equipment to handle AdBlue. This means minimizing exposure to fuel, oil, water, and other substances that can compromise its integrity.

4. Specialised Equipment: Use only dedicated AdBlue® equipment for both storage and dispensing. This ensures optimal performance and mitigates the risk of cross-contamination.

5. Storage Matters: Follow storage instructions meticulously, storing AdBlue® below 30ºC to extend its shelf life to over a year. Additionally, maintain a temperature above -11ºC to prevent the product from freezing.

The Don’ts:

1. Beware of Unapproved Suppliers: Steer clear of AdBlue from non-VDA registered suppliers. Trusting only licensed providers guarantees the quality and authenticity of the product.

2. Read the Labels: Avoid products labelled as “Urea solution” or similar, as they may not meet the required standards for your vehicle. Stick to formulations explicitly labelled as AdBlue® for optimal results.

3. Say No to Inferior Products: If the container doesn’t explicitly mention AdBlue®, it’s likely not the right choice for your vehicle. Don’t compromise on quality or risk damaging your engine with subpar alternatives.

4. Know Its Purpose: Remember, AdBlue is not a diesel additive. Resist the temptation to use it as such, as it serves a distinct purpose in reducing harmful emissions.

5. Handle Spills with Care: In the event of spillage into the fuel tank, refrain from starting the vehicle. Seek professional assistance promptly to avoid potential damage.

6. Consistent Usage: AdBlue should be used in your diesel vehicle at all times. Skipping this vital step is not an option if you aim to maintain optimal performance and compliance.

7. Equipment Matters: Use only dedicated equipment for AdBlue dispensing. Avoid using fuel or lubricant equipment, as well as any non-dedicated tools that may lead to contamination.

8. Refill Responsibly: Do not refill used AdBlue® containers such as IBCs and drums. Opt for fresh supplies to ensure purity and effectiveness.

9. Follow Storage Guidelines: Adhere to storage instructions diligently, ensuring that the product is never exposed to direct sunlight, which can degrade its quality over time.

Implementing these dos and don’ts will not only optimise your AdBlue usage but also contribute to the longevity and efficiency of your diesel vehicles.