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Old 04-29-2005, 09:33 PM
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Spare Fuel

I bought one of those Mercedes accessory spare fuel cans awhile back and I finally got around to putting it in the spare tire compartment in my wagon. I filled it with diesel and I shook the can to make sure it does not leak. However when I leave the car for awhile I can now smell diesel fumes in the interior. What would you guys recommend I replace the diesel fuel with that won't stink up the interior. They don't seem to sell biodiesel around here and I am afraid any WVO would turn racid if it sat in the fuel can for a prolonged period.

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Old 04-29-2005, 09:41 PM
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Jamesons?



are you sure there is no biodiesel around you?

I am not familiar with your region, but i saw this thread at some other forms

http://forums.biodieselnow.com/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=124
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Old 04-29-2005, 10:10 PM
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What about a cooking oil? Like Crisco?
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Old 04-30-2005, 07:55 AM
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Filter some used transmission oil and use that.
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Old 04-30-2005, 09:52 AM
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Spare Fuel = anything in the tank after the Reserve light comes on...

It is hard enough to keep the smell inside the tank, don't mess with a container in the trunk. It only takes a few drops to leave an odor, and if it opens, it will rust-proof your trunk forever.

I recommend a working fuel gauge and reserve light.

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Old 04-30-2005, 10:06 AM
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The shelf life is not great on bio-diesel. If you must carry a spare can, I would use regular diesel and put it in a garbage bag and tie it extemely tight to contain any leaks or fumes.

I would not even consider this with a gasser though. It does get hot in trunks.
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Old 04-30-2005, 10:33 AM
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1-800-FOR-MERC works well
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Old 04-30-2005, 10:39 AM
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1-800-FOR-MERC works well

Sure does.

Also, you can just do it by miles...I just reset my trip odo whenever I get a full tank of fuel. My gauge is odd, it works sporatically, but I don't trust it.
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Old 04-30-2005, 06:20 PM
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You know now that I think about it why would you even want to carry spare fuel inside a car? The light should come on before you run out, or better yet just don't run it much below a 1/4 tank. I never need more then 17-19 gallons to fill my 23.5 gallon tank. It doesn't pay to run it lower.

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