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Old 03-26-2005, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Removing water and sludge from your fuel tank

I know dropping the tank would be the best way to completely remove water and sludge; but has anyone tried/considered using something like the Tempo Oil Boy Fluid Extraction Kit Model No. OB5, or some other vacuum pump, to remove water through the filler port? The link takes you to an article discussing how to use the fluid extractor…but I’m not sure about the “Fuel Polishing” additives. Does anyone know of a reason this wouldn’t work? A vacuum pump and extraction wand through the filler port seems like a no-brainer to me, but then I don’t profess to know much about the inner workings of the fuel tank. Advice…anyone?

P.S. Does anyone know where I can view a fuel tank schematic for a 2003 Excursion?

Thanks, Milton
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Old 03-26-2005, 10:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Removing water and sludge from your fuel tank

Milton,

Search the archives for "harpooning". Shows how to get the tank down & the top off. Not hard at all with a floor jack.

Just curious, where are you getting fuel that you think you need to do this? I go through so much fuel it doesn't have time to grow anything in it, and thats with Bio diesel added. If you think you have a problem with fuel you need to find another station.

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Old 03-27-2005, 12:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Removing water and sludge from your fuel tank

Reid,
I don’t have anything growing in my tank (at least I’m not aware of anything), but when I drain my HFCM I do get a little water and some debris. I showed my dealership diesel mechanic what I had collected from the HFCM and he said not to worry; that’s what the HFCM is for...there will always be a little water in the tank from condensation. Maybe I’m a little obsessive-compulsive, but it bothers me that it’s there. I’m considering using a vacuum pump and a suction wand through the filler port to routinely check and clean the bottom of the tank where water and gunk would collect. I was just wondering if anyone else had tried this or if there was a reason it wouldn’t work or shouldn’t be done. Is there anything that can be damaged by poking around the bottom of your tank with a suction wand inserted through the filler port?
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Re: Removing water and sludge from your fuel tank

One of my great-uncle's, a retired, long haul trucker, told me to always fill up right before an extreme change in temperature. It prevents condensation from forming in the tank.
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Re: Removing water and sludge from your fuel tank

If it doesn't have a sharp, pointy thing on the end it should work (the tank is made of HDPE). I think its a bit overboard though. I'm not sure how much of the bottom of the tank you will be able to reach. There are a couple of good bends in the filler tube, and if its floppy enough to get down in there, how are you going to control it or track it. Magnet? Otherwise, I think you'll only bea able to reach about 6 sq inches. The tank is about 48" long & 16-18" wide. Also the sender unit & fuel pick up is pretty close to the inlet.

I've got 26k on mine & have been running 5g of bio-d in every tank. The WIF has never come on & the 3 times I've drained the HFCM, I havn't had any water.

Just comes down to personal preferences with our trucks. Thats what makes it a fun place to live!
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Re: Removing water and sludge from your fuel tank

I have had about 10 tanks out and have never found any tracable water or dirt. Most have had small amounts of water when filter is changed. For once the dealer is right that is the job of the filter. It will seperate the water over thousands of gals of fuel but you may never see any in tank. Realize that fuel is being run thru filter many times.

Keeping tank full is a good idea. In cold weather it also matains temp longer & retards gelling along w/condensation.
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Re: Removing water and sludge from your fuel tank

See....this is why I asked the question. I guess I’ll just live with my obsessive-compulsive urge and not act on it. Thanks guys, appreciate the advice.
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Try an AquaSock

I have used AquaSocks in the past with some great results. Simply drop the sock in your tank and it will absorb all the water. Pull the sock out and all the water comes with it. Great product. www.aquasocks.net
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