[Vwdiesel] old fuel
jhsg at sasktel.net
Sun Oct 19 00:10:04 EDT 2003
Yep. It does take water- the algae lives at the inferface of water and
fuel. If you live in the frozen north, algae is unheard of. If you are from
a sunny clime where there is no frost to kill the stuff, then algae should
be a concern. The treatment you add poisons the water, which kills the
little bitty plants.
Occasional use of a water emulsifant like Stanadyne gets the water out of
your tank, so no water, no algae, no problem.
High volume tanks are the only ones to support. The only fuel trouble I
have ever had is when I had to fill out of necessity from a little mom'n'pop
station in the midst of nowhence. Luckily they had diesel, or I would have
had to push. Pushing would have been easier in the long run however. It
was -30, and I got at least a half litre of water with the fuel. The car
made it ten miles out before trouble started. I now carry some stuff with
me- litre of melt down, and a litre of isopropal alcohol along with the
gallon jug of kerosene, booster cables, spare belts, chains, tools, etc
> -----Original Message-----
> From: vwdiesel-admin at vwfans.com [mailto:vwdiesel-admin at vwfans.com]On
> Behalf Of LBaird119 at aol.com
> Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 10:39 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] old fuel
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> In a message dated 10/17/2003 7:58:55 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> texasvwdriver at hotmail.com writes:
> > It's probably full of water and algae. And the wax and paraffin has
> > probably separated out as well. Best advice is to dump the old
> fuel out and
> > get some fresh diesel in there.
> Yes, in TX that would be likely but if you're not in such a
> humid climate
> it's likey just fine. When we pulled Dad's pickup out for the TD
> it'd been parked for about 10 years it turned out! The exhaust
> smelled like
> old fuel but no water, no algae. It takes water to get algae
> AFIK. In many
> diesel rigs over 30 years we've only had algae in Dad's 300D and that was
> soon after he got it so it was most likely already there.
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