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Old 05-22-2002, 09:19 AM
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Frickin' Brilliant

Woke up and stumbled out to warm up the SD for wife to drive to work. Grabbed the bottle of Redline and poured it in the fuel tank. As the bottle made it's last gurgle, I started wondering why the stuff going into the tank was such a bright red. I then figured it was a good time to look at the label on the empty bottle.
Water Wetter in the fuel tank!
Any ideas what sort of entertaining / maddening effects I might expect?
I've got to go walk the kids and get the dogs off to school.

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Old 05-22-2002, 10:39 AM
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I had about a third of a tank when the WW went in. I filled it up and have decided to whisltle my way through the graveyard. I'l let you know if it cleans out the injectors and corrects the nailing (would that sort of reasoning be more like whistling my way into the grave?).
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Old 05-22-2002, 10:51 AM
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I'd add some dry gas (alcohol) so the water wetter mixes with it and just doesn't go to the bottom of something. My main concern would be corrosion of the barrels in the injection pump. I would drive it until the tank was empty with out a fill up so the contaminate wasn't left in the injection pump. You can't dilute something that doesn't mix (water and oil).

If you want to make sure no damage it done, drain the tank. You can then separate the fuel from the water wetter and use the fuel.

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Old 05-22-2002, 11:14 AM
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Well, it definitely sounds like it's time for a bucket load of Stanadyne. I hadn't thought it through either; I probably have a cell of WW in the bottom of the tank. I'll run some Stanadyne through now, take the tank down below 1/4 tank and run some more Stanadyne. Thanks PEH.
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Old 05-22-2002, 11:28 AM
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I needed a good laugh....not at you but with you for reminding me of some of the things I've done. That was well written humor!

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Old 05-22-2002, 01:00 PM
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In addition to what other's have suggested, I'll add that the Wetter Water should settle to the bottom as long as the specific gravity of the WW is higher than the diesel fuel (water = 1.0 SG, and the chemical compostion of WW may have some bearing on its SG). The fuel tank has panels lower than the fuel pick-up, the differnce is about 3/8" in some areas (this area is the breeding ground for algae). Using the additives with a water dispersant should help to mix the WW into the fuel. Then driving around town (not on the highway) will slosh fuel around in the tank to help mix the WW into the fuel aided by the dispersant additive (so don't fill the tank all the way - 3/4 or a bit more should be OK) and also the return fuel flow from the fuel not used by the injectors (a fair amount) will also aid mixing the WW into the fuel so it can be consumed by the combustion process - and hopefully that at some point you do not get a high concentration of WW flowing through the fuel system into the IP, nozzles, and combustion chambers.

You may want to change the fuel filters after a running a few tanks with the water dispersant additive added. Some WW may get trapped in the filters, although the dispersant should break the WW down to mix with the fuel.

Do you recall the thread a while back where a member put liquid wax into his fuel tank? I mean the type of wax used to wax the paint and most if not all of a new container of liquid wax was poured into the fuel tank. As far as I know everythng turned out OK using a water disepersant additive. So, you are not the only one who's tip toed through the graveyard hoping the gremlins don't grab your engine for an early retirement after putting something in the fuel tank that does not belong there!

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Old 05-22-2002, 01:19 PM
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PEH had it right at first , Add the alcohol, it will mix witht the water, then will disperse into the diesel... then will all get burned together... I mix water based stuff with Diesel all the time on the farm..(in clear containers in case any of you are wondering how I know they mix LOL ) think of the alcohol as the surfactant and keep on whistling... Greg
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Old 05-22-2002, 01:32 PM
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What alcohol do I use?
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Old 05-22-2002, 01:42 PM
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I think it would be ok to use " Everclear" from the package store although that might be the most expensive stuff ... what you want is anhydrous alcohol I think,,,meaning it does not have water in it ....But there may also be auto parts store chemicals .. like from "Berryman" which are made for this trick.... Greg
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Old 05-22-2002, 07:20 PM
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Any of the "Dry Gas" type alcohol additives to get water out of the fuel system will work.

P E H

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