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Old 07-23-2008, 02:51 PM
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84 300TD Fuel Tank

I have build up on the bottom of the fuel tank in my 84 300TD. Short of replacing the tank, how can I get this stuff out? Any magic solvents out there?
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:21 PM
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Try a Biocide. Available at Marine supply stores generally. Get some extra filters and keep them the necessary tools to change them in the trunk. Biodiesel (B99) will loosen crud too.

Or drain it, pull it, and have a radiator shop boil it out.
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:33 PM
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300d fuel tank

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remove the fuel tank, take to a radiator shop for inspection and
cleaning, is your prefilter black, fungus, new tank or cleaning if no rust, **************.com may have a clean used one $170.00
new $800.00. No more loss of power or black prefilters
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:05 PM
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I have build up on the bottom of the fuel tank in my 84 300TD. Short of replacing the tank, how can I get this stuff out? Any magic solvents out there?
By searching your profile I confirmed that Raymond is correct that you have an '84 300D (turbo) NOT a 300TD which is a wagon.

Too bad ... the wagon has an easier tank to drain and clean. The FSU is on the top of the tank and the tank screen is in the bottom center making it fairly easy to flush it out clean.

I'd take TMAllison's advice and kill what's in there and change your filters often.

Where is Jimmy?
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:06 PM
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This stuff will break up the Algae/Fungus infestation
(without clogging your filters) and allow it to be burned safely in the engine.

With as much infestation as you've got the Tank Cleaner (Same Formula)
might be a better financial outlay for you.

Any West Marine or call Starbrite they will ship direct.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:41 PM
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This morning I added the product compress ignite illustrates. I purchased it from Jamestown Distributors. My '84 has algae showing in the filter and I am going to watch to see if it goes away or not. Figured I couldn't create a better test. I'll post back after a tank or two and let you know.
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:21 PM
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This morning I added the product compress ignite illustrates. I purchased it from Jamestown Distributors. My '84 has algae showing in the filter and I am going to watch to see if it goes away or not. Figured I couldn't create a better test. I'll post back after a tank or two and let you know.
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I have seen this stuff in Wal-Mart and having trouble with the black crap clogging the tank screen and fuel filters also. So has it worked for you?

I don't have the ability to pull tank to take it to a radiator shop.
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:31 PM
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I have seen this stuff in Wal-Mart and having trouble with the black crap clogging the tank screen and fuel filters also. So has it worked for you?

I don't have the ability to pull tank to take it to a radiator shop.
It surprises me to hear that Wal-Mart carries it. If it is not the exact stuff, let me know and I'll give you a link to where I ordered mine.

I have no algae in the fuel filter (clear one) any longer. It will be another week before I change both filters so I'll then have a better idea. What I also found was when I pulled the sending unit to remove the rust from the float shaft, there was no signs of algae. Like many, I can be a skeptic. I have used Diesel Purge and swear by it. Now I have used this and believe it also does what it claims. I have to go my what my ears hear (Diesel Purge smoothing my '87 300TD's engine) and what I see (no more algae in the filter).
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:38 PM
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Yup, same stuf and is $8 and change at Wal-Mart. I have used it before but in my '05 and not the '91, guess I will head to Wall-World and get another bottle.
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Old 08-09-2008, 02:56 PM
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Just went to Wal-Mart and bought a 8 oz bottle for $8.74+ tax. This says 8 oz treats 254 gallons, so I will start with a 3 oz shock treatment and see what happens.

I guess I will call Starbright Monday and order the tank cleaner since Wal-Mart does not carry anything but the 8 oz bottles.
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