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    Any suggestions for cleaning out a fuel tank that I found dirt and sand in without removing the tank? I replaced my fuel pump last night and added a fuel filter between the tank and the fuel pump. My boat quit running today, i pulled the filter and it was packed with dirt! I changed my fuel lines a few days ago with clear lines, i can see a ton of dirt in the line. any suggestions?

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    The old fashioned way, jack up the front of the boat for better drainage, open up the drain as much as possible and flush into a bucket, pan, etc. until no more trash comes out.
    Hard to agitate or slosh around, be very careful if using gas for fire hazard !! Safer to use detergent and water, then some alcohol with the gas to absorb the moisture and water remaining.....
    Still won't get it all, so use a very large filter and check/clean/change often.
    Hopefully somebody has a better easier way !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorrider View Post
    The old fashioned way, jack up the front of the boat for better drainage, open up the drain as much as possible and flush into a bucket, pan, etc. until no more trash comes out.
    Hard to agitate or slosh around, be very careful if using gas for fire hazard !! Safer to use detergent and water, then some alcohol with the gas to absorb the moisture and water remaining.....
    Still won't get it all, so use a very large filter and check/clean/change often.
    Hopefully somebody has a better easier way !!!!
    Without removing tanks
    unfortunately there's no drain on the bottom of the tank, just the fuel line outlet on the top of the tank. I guess i'll just buy a HUGE ass fuel filter!

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    can't you use one of these? it says you can use it for 'solvents and oils'
    http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...ubCategoryName=
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    You done got my kentucky ass all confused!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrynPas View Post
    can't you use one of these? it says you can use it for 'solvents and oils'
    http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...ubCategoryName=
    SCORE!! i didnt even know that was an option. I'll run by harborfreight tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrynPas View Post
    can't you use one of these? it says you can use it for 'solvents and oils'
    http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...ubCategoryName=
    Be careful what you power the pump with!! I would strongly suggest using an air power drill if you decide to use that pump. If you are pumping fuel you should not use an electric drill - lots of sparks at the brushes in the drill. Working with gas there are always fumes, and if the fumes and the sparks come together you can have a fire and/or an exposion.

    Be safe.

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    That looks like the clear hose from the plumbing section of a home improvement store. It that stuff rated for fuel?

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    I use one of the small impulse type fuel pumps. Hook up a large filter to it, run the hose down thru the filler and pump it out. You can also set it up to recirculate thru the filter to clean the tank without removing the fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Real McCoy View Post
    Be careful what you power the pump with!! I would strongly suggest using an air power drill if you decide to use that pump. If you are pumping fuel you should not use an electric drill - lots of sparks at the brushes in the drill. Working with gas there are always fumes, and if the fumes and the sparks come together you can have a fire and/or an exposion.

    Be safe.

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    Amen Doug.

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    How the hell did that much sand get in there? Got a pissed off x....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Mohican View Post
    That looks like the clear hose from the plumbing section of a home improvement store. It that stuff rated for fuel?
    its rated for chemical, im just using the clear hose so I can see what the hell was going on with my fuel. I'll most likely switch it out after the prob is fixed

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    Quote Originally Posted by krusn56 View Post
    How the hell did that much sand get in there? Got a pissed off x....
    i just bought the boat, you should see how much was packed in the filter!!

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