I live about 800 miles from my boat and sometimes on a Sunday morning I go out and play with the diesel engine
on my tractor and wish it was my boat. Today I went to change the fuel filter
and found horrible brown sludge in the filter. Thinking back it must have come from the 55 gal drum where I store "red" diesel
. The bottom of the drum rusted out and I imagine there was a thick coating of rust and diesel on the bottom of drum that got in the tank.
My first thought was to empty out the fuel tank
on the tractor (it is gravity fed to the fuel
filter). I unhooked the fuel
line and poured some of it into a glass jar and I had clear diesel flowing thru. I'm going to dump the drum but should I:
1) Dump the tank?
2)Is there anything I can do to clean the injectors or is the damage already done?
3)Add bio-diesel to the tank (b/c it is an excellent solvent) and see what comes out of the tank?
4) Take the tank off and clean it (its plastic and only has a small access to it)?
5)Set up a racor
or similar primary filter system?
Any help would be appreciated.