Unclean fuel tanks are amongst the major reasons why fuel filters and fuel pumps fail. If you are wondering as to how this has even become possible, ponder on what we have to tell you next.
Depending on the frequency, each year there are hundreds or even thousands of gallons of liquid fuel that go through your tank. With that in mind, there is one ineluctable fact that goes alongside that and this is the accumulation of sediments and debris that have ended up in your tank.
Aside from unwanted foreign particles that will inevitably find their way to your tank, rust is likely to develop also in random areas of your tank.
Regular maintenance and cleaning of your liquid fuel containment tank is a must because it will not only help the life not only of your fuel filter but your engine, too.
Steps to Clean Your Fuel Tanks
If you are an engine enthusiast, you perfectly understand why it is much better to prevent the onslaught of a problem as opposed to finding a way to fix it. But before you can even start doing it, it is of paramount importance that you know how to clean your tank.
Here are the steps you need to follow to accomplish this task with ease, regardless of the engine you are dealing with.
1. Safety first
Working with fuel systems means to say that you are going to deal with highly combustible gas, therefore you need to keep safe all the time. To ensure your safety, observe the following points.
Ventilate: When working indoors, see to it that your work area has good ventilation. If necessary open up doors and windows or consider setting up a fan also.
Be prepared: Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on stand-by and within your reach. Also, there should be sources of spark or flame near your workplace.
2. Mask up:
Mask up. Even if you are not used to wearing a face mask, for safety concerns, you need to. This measure will help a lot in minimizing your inhalation of toxic fuel fumes. And don’t skimp on your eyes, use a protective pair of industrial eyeglasses for this purpose.
Drain your tank
Be sure you empty your tank before you remove it. It is not just one of the safety precautions here, but this action will also take away a considerable amount of weight. Therefore, it will make the whole process a lot easier. Some tanks are equipped with drain cock. Check out if your tank does have this feature – so you can neatly drain your liquid tank through it. Otherwise, you manually drain or use a siphoning method instead.
Remove your tank
With respect to the type of engine you have, this part may be complex or simple to do. Once you have it out, carefully inspect the entirety of the tank and look for anything foreign, sediment, debris, rust — or even holes. Anything significant will matter. If holes are found, patch them up before you proceed.
Wash and clean your tank.
Make sure you use effective parts cleaner. Dispersing it all over the internal surface of your tank is a must. Depending on the size of your fuel containment system and the concentration of build up there is, it might take several soaking sessions before you can get the bottom part completely clean.
Replace your fuel filter.
You might say to yourself that this is common sense, however many people overlook this aspect. When pulling yourself together to clean up your tank and lines, see to that you don’t skimp on the fuel filter and replace it as needed.
If you have an old filter, the odds are high that it will limit your system’s entire fuel flow. This happening will make your pump to work doubly hard, rendering it to wear out sooner. (This brings you back to the prevention )