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Old 08-27-2002, 01:31 AM
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Fuel Tank gremlins

I have finally decided to do something about my fuel tank gremlin in my 1987 300TD. The car runs out of fuel at about 1/4 tank. When I fill up it only takes 14 gallons. I am missing about 3 gallons of capacity. This is consistant everytime. (2years) A while back, my fuel sending unit went bad and I replaced it. When I removed it the bottom aluminum plate was missing. I would guess it is in the tank and has lodged somewhere. I suspect that it is the cause of my problems. Any suggestions? Mine is to remove the tank. Never done it but I am willing to try. Any advice would be appreciated.


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Old 08-27-2002, 12:07 PM
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Re: Fuel Tank gremlins

Hello sir:
Proud to help, I hope all is fine otherwise with you.
Sounds like you'll find a bit rust or other contaminants impeeding the flow of fuel through the tank filter. When you drop your tank filter be ready with 2 three gallon basins to comfortably catch the remaining fuel. with a light and extension grabbing tool You'll be able to fish out the small round bottom plate(lost) and observe that rust or maybe bio-contaminants which is less likely(haning coated smoothly and sometimes evenly surfaces yellowgrey to green in color) or both have gathered near the tank sump and on the tank filter.

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