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Old 03-27-2006, 03:17 PM
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Question Better to change or clean tank strainer?

Is it better to put in a new tank stainer or is cleaning the old one good enough?

I have been using biodiesel for about a year now, so I figure the strainer is probably pretty gummed up. I have also developed a fuel leak about a week ago in the rubber return line at the tank. So I have to replace that line and the supply line. I figured I would tackle the tank strainer since I have the system open anyway and the car in the air.

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Old 03-27-2006, 03:22 PM
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Personally, if the strainer is not damaged, I just wash it and
let it dry.
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Old 03-27-2006, 04:40 PM
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Another thought, since you are running bio and there is always a chanch to plug something up, like strainers....why get a new one and replace the old one. Then clean and keep the old as a "new" spare for future use. Spare parts are real handy....but I live out the sticks, 90 miles to town and back!
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Old 03-27-2006, 07:09 PM
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I just replaced mine along with a new hose. I would have a replacement in hand even if you don't want to replace it. There is a o-ring seal that would be good to replace if you pull the strainer out. I think it is a lot of trouble to drain the tank so for $ 25 it is not worth it to me to try and reuse parts like that. If you screw up the strainer taking it out or find it damaged, you might not be able to drive it until you get a new one.

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