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Clean it out or burn it out? A fuel question...

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Nyquil Junkie

03-23-2020 17:40:03




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The 64 4000 I'm bringing home tomorrow has a half tank of (so they say) 4 year old diesel in it. It did start and run just fine for a good 30 min before we parked it back in the barn.

Now, I'm told the deceased owner did, 4 yrs ago, regularly keep the filters changed ect ect.

My question is, do I drain and replace that half a tank of fuel, or just run down till near empty and fill it with fresh diesel, or... top it up with fresh mixed into that old stuff and stop thinking about it?

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Fordfarmer

03-24-2020 09:12:07




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 Re: Clean it out or burn it out? A fuel question... in reply to Nyquil Junkie, 03-23-2020 17:40:03  
If it doesn't have algae/ sludge, just use it. Open the drain on the bottom of the filter to get rid of any water, and fill it up to limit condensation. Diesel can sit for years and still be good.



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Nyquil Junkie

03-24-2020 09:07:11




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 Re: Clean it out or burn it out? A fuel question... in reply to Nyquil Junkie, 03-23-2020 17:40:03  
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What is the point of putting the oil in the fuel tank?



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Ultradog MN

03-24-2020 01:37:43




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 Re: Clean it out or burn it out? A fuel question... in reply to Nyquil Junkie, 03-23-2020 17:40:03  
I bought a 3000 diesel that had sat in a field for 13 years and parted it out. It had nearly a full tank of fuel.
I drained some of it into a can and it looked clean so I used it up in another tractor.



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Nyquil Junkie

03-23-2020 20:36:57




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 Re: Clean it out or burn it out? A fuel question... in reply to Nyquil Junkie, 03-23-2020 17:40:03  
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I'll have to take a good look in the tank and at the glass bowl if it has one.... or suck a qt out into a jar and see. Good point.



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David G

03-23-2020 20:27:39




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 Re: Clean it out or burn it out? A fuel question... in reply to Nyquil Junkie, 03-23-2020 17:40:03  
I would use it if not snotted up with algae.



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Shaun Wallace

03-23-2020 18:03:01




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 Re: Clean it out or burn it out? A fuel question... in reply to Nyquil Junkie, 03-23-2020 17:40:03  
Me being tite I'd put quart of motor oil in it and fill up tank and run it since started and ran fine. Mite not hurt to change fuel filter anyway.



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hurleyjd

03-24-2020 08:55:18




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 Re: Clean it out or burn it out? A fuel question... in reply to Shaun Wallace, 03-23-2020 18:03:01  
Chain saw oil or 2 cycle oil would be better than motor oil



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