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01-28-2007 05:15 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Chief_USN

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So I get home yesterday from flying and do an oil change on my wifes car. It's a 2002 Saturn L300. Anyways, I change the oil, filter and decided to change the fuel filter also. According to the Haines manual you have to relieve pressure from the fuel system by a strator valve on the fuel rail and releive pressure from the tank by opening the fuel cap. No problem, got it done and changed out the filter. Here's where I went wrong. When I cleaned up and got everything put up I came in the house and called it a night. A buddy of mine comes over this morning and says that my fuel door is open. Crap!!! I left it open all night!!! To make a long story short, it rained and it was Saturday so my sprinklers ran last night also. I'm almost certain that some water got in the tank. What should I do? Is HEET the best thing for removing water? What do you recommend? Luckily I live in Florida so I don't need to worry about the lines freezing. Trying to keep it cheap.

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01-28-2007 05:30 PM  10 years agoPost 2
AGRAV8

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run it

there is probably MORE water in the fuel you put IN than got into it last night.

Close it up, and run it. You will need to drive it around the "hood" for an hour or so to be certain that the water % is not high enough to cause any issues.

IF there is water induced issues, then draining the tank is the BEST way to remove it. You can use the cars electric fuel pump to do this, just run a hose from an outlet on the pump to suitable containers.

Note, the water will be at the bottom of the tank, so it should be drawn out first. You can check the fuel as you drain it out to see if there is any water still in it (saves the empty tank, then what) and gets it done.

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01-28-2007 05:33 PM  10 years agoPost 3
helibandit

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i agree 100% no worries at all man. run out

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

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01-28-2007 05:47 PM  10 years agoPost 4
rcstickman

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Put a bottle of Stabil in it. Drive on,,

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01-28-2007 05:50 PM  10 years agoPost 5
Chief_USN

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Thanks guys. I was just worried about cause the car is no longer under warranty and I can't afford to be putting a ton of money into it. I got heli stuff to buy.

Chad

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01-28-2007 06:05 PM  10 years agoPost 6
ssrobzoom

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get some rubbing alcohol pour it in the tank and it will absorb the water. This will do the same thing Heat will do for a lot less.

We use this alot in diesel trucks

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01-28-2007 08:40 PM  10 years agoPost 7
BABYHUEY

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Do not use rubbing alchohol, if you look at the label, it is already about 50% water.

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01-28-2007 10:14 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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Do not use rubbing alchohol, if you look at the label, it is already about 50% water.
You can find 90% alcohol every now and then at the drug store. Electronics stores almost always carry it as a cleaner. That should do the trick.

I would just run it. I would only bother with the HEAT or alcohol if I felt like going to the store (I usually don't). 10 to 15 minutes of idleing in the drive should reveal any problems. I doubt it will hurt anything anyway if to much got in other than running a little rough.

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01-29-2007 01:03 PM  10 years agoPost 9
Kokamo

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Go to the auto parts store and buy a can of Berryman B-12 Chemtool. It's the one in the pour out bottle, not the spray bottle. This stuff will make moisture in the system burn and not cause problems. Back in the day when I sold auto parts, I sold thousands of these bottles of B-12. I never ever had a bad comment about this stuff. It always seemed to work good for me in my own cars.

It looks like this........

Go to THIS PAGE and it's the second item down from the top, check it out, I bet it will do you good.

Joe

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