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    Default Getting Water Out Of Fuel System

    Has anyone ever had this problem and if so what did you use? I don't have it bad, but checked my fuel filter and it had rusted water in small quanties and wanted to get it cleaned out prior to it being a problem.

    Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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    I usually drain my see through filter once a week. You could try fueling at night to cut down on condensation.
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    I got some Power Serve and put it in my fuel today, replaced my fuel filter and will see how it goes from there. I was told on my fuel filter (I have 2, 1 is a baldwin and the primary is a cat. The Baldwin has a drain valve at the bottom, and was instructed to drain it every day and check for water, dirt, etc...

    Does this sound right, or when should I be checking it?
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    I never heard anybody suggest everyday. Maybe Bob H knows better.
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    Got the Power Service, put in yesterday, checked filter (Fleetguard), was full of water and dirt. Replaced Filter with Baldwin and put in max amount of Power Service.

    Checked Filter today and not one bit of water or dirt found. I thought that PS might help some but never did I think it would help this much this quick.

    Either it is that good, or the baldwin filter just let it pass through it? I choose to believe it is that good, never used PS before, but will be using it now for sure.
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    I have a Davco 382 fuel filter setup on my tractor. It is a water separator, fuel heater combo. I can see the filter at all times thru the glass bowl. I also can see if any water buildup in the unit. No guessing if water is problem or when to change the filter. Just watch the unit and change the filter when the fuel level in the unit reaches the top of the filter. Sure beats the canister filters normally on engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Rick View Post
    Got the Power Service, put in yesterday, checked filter (Fleetguard), was full of water and dirt. Replaced Filter with Baldwin and put in max amount of Power Service.

    Checked Filter today and not one bit of water or dirt found. I thought that PS might help some but never did I think it would help this much this quick.

    Either it is that good, or the baldwin filter just let it pass through it? I choose to believe it is that good, never used PS before, but will be using it now for sure.

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    Papa Rick, Power Service is snake oil. You just ran out of water in your tank, that's all.

    You think the H2O just magically disappeared? A drop of water can blow the tip off your nozzle when it turns to steam.

    4 gallons of the crap did not get my wax crystals smaller to get me moving in -28 temps.

    No.1 fuel worked, though.

    Like I said (different username) on the OOIDA forum in your identical post, get a fuel/water separator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Rick View Post
    Has anyone ever had this problem and if so what did you use? I don't have it bad, but checked my fuel filter and it had rusted water in small quanties and wanted to get it cleaned out prior to it being a problem.

    Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    ...and, what did you find in the tank? that's where the fuel comes from you know ; )

    You need to find out where the crap is coming from... if it's from your tank (steel tank?), you need to drain it out of there. If it comes from your fuel supplier, you need to kick him in the *****. The last thing you want to do is use an additive that "gets rid of water" because generally they allow the water to be carried through the system by the fuel; wrecking filters, fuel injection components, etc. If water is a common problem in your region, use a fuel/water separator.

    water is heavier than diesel fuel and will settle to the bottom of the tank... if you have rust, it will look like brown bubbles or globules laying at the lowest point of the tank... a bright, focused beam flashlight may help you see better in there.

    OH... don't forget that when the tanker truck is filling the fuelling station's inground tanks, they stir up the water, contaminants, and junk from the bottom of those tanks... if you pump fuel into your truck, car, lawnmower, etc before that fuel settles out again, you might pump their junk into your fuel tank.
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