Originally Posted by bobtourtillott
Good news is that after a little run time she starts revs and pushes just fine. A few seconds of white smoke on cold start then clean. It is running out of a jerry can right now. Paid some serious dough to get the tank pumped and cleaned. Bought a racor with water separator and a new electric
pump which I will install sometime soon.
, a little white smoke on startup is alright. You do not want this fuel degradation to happen again. Bad fuel is what stops an engine 80% of the time, or at least that is the number that keeps coming up from time to time on CF. If the tank was not steam cleaned, just flushed out, I would use biocide to kill anything left. The fuel stabilizer is not needed unless you are going to leave the diesel in the tank for many months. The hotter the climate the more you are likely to need the stabilizer. The most important thing is to keep water out of the diesel, but you never know who might give you a tank full of fuel containing water.
The safest way is to filter all fuel through a Baja filter. Another way is to take the new fuel pump
and filter and use it to polish the fuel. Run a fuel line to the lowest part of the fuel tank and use the fuel pump
to circulate diesel from the bottom of the tank where the water will collect through the new filter and back into the tank. If there is water in the fuel, you will see the water in the bottom of the glass bowl on the filter. This setup is for fuel polishing. If you did get water in your diesel from a storage
tank, most likely there is biological growth in that diesel which will plug
up the filter again. So, if there is water in the filter bowl after polishing, put some biocide in the diesel tank.