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Bio-Diesel Jelly removal

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DG 3

04-08-2020 17:08:06

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I just bought an 1175 that has been setting for about 10 years with Bio-Diesel in the fuel tank. There is about a half inch of jelly in the bottom of the tank. Does anyone know what I can pour in the tank to cut this stuff and get it flushed out? Thanks in advance !!

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DG 3

04-10-2020 18:48:09

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 Re: Bio-Diesel Jelly removal in reply to DG 3, 04-08-2020 17:08:06  
Thanks for the replies! I poured in 2 gallons of E-85 and a quart of acetone. I may go get some purple power tomorrow to add to the mixture. Thanks Again !!

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Richard G.

04-10-2020 06:32:55

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 Re: Bio-Diesel Jelly removal in reply to DG 3, 04-08-2020 17:08:06  
I did a Massey 165 diesel that had been sitting for 9 years.
Tank had about 3/4 inch of goo in the bottom.
Friend told me to use Purple Power.
It worked great.
Then washed the tank out with water and dried it with a small squirrel cage blower.
Richard in NW SC

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04-09-2020 19:49:07

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 Re: Bio-Diesel Jelly removal in reply to DG 3, 04-08-2020 17:08:06  
I know yours is diesel, but the cheapest solvent I have found that cuts almost anything is E-85. As long as you are just cleaning the tank you wont hurt the pump. FYI I use cheep latex gloves in the shop and E-85 will eat them in 15 min.

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04-09-2020 06:15:29

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 Re: Bio-Diesel Jelly removal in reply to DG 3, 04-08-2020 17:08:06  
I would try to get a small sample out and mess with that before going after the entire tank. The wrong solvent could make things worse. I would start with gas or lacquer thinner. No smoking!

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04-08-2020 20:09:43

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 Re: Bio-Diesel Jelly removal in reply to DG 3, 04-08-2020 17:08:06  
Get as much as you can with a shop vac or something similar first, then try to wash the rest out.

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04-09-2020 07:16:57

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 Re: Bio-Diesel Jelly removal in reply to Jal-sd, 04-08-2020 20:09:43  
Would that be glycerin...I think they put that in bio

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