Pre-Fliter for "Algae" Removal from Fuel?

Vince Waldon

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The gold standard would be tank removal and steam cleaning by a professional steam cleaning service... which is what most people probably mean when they say "I cleaned the tank" or "had the tank cleaned".
 

ATR

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The fuel pickup vessel had to be removed to see inside of the fuel tank. Draining the fuel (and I assume gunk) from the sender seems to have solved my issue, at least temporarily, as the car hasn't shut off once in 90 miles of city driving since then. I do plan to clean the tank after running this tank down a bit. In the meantime, I'm searching for a tank cleaning procedure that I can perform from the top porthole with the tank remaining on the vehicle.
Did you also change the fuel filter at the same time? My bet is there's a nice bit of gunk in there.

Also, treat the next 5-7 tanks fuel with Diesel biocide!
 

LMJ

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The clear prefilters 80s Mercedes use fit perfect on a Mk4:
IDParts sells them and so do lots of other vendors.
-J
Thanks. I found a Purolator F50153 inline prefilter for 1983 mercedes at the local auto parts store. Sized perfectly for the hose.

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meerschm

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are you worried about the cracking in the fuel hose?
 

Ol'Rattler

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Thanks. I found a Purolator F50153 inline prefilter for 1983 mercedes at the local auto parts store. Sized perfectly for the hose.

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Complete waste of time. Just get ALL of the fuel out and thorouly clean the tank. If you leave in any of the contaminated fuel your problem will just return. I really like the idea of removing the tank and having it steam cleaned.

Sure, you put some fresh fuel in, but now that fuel is contaminated with algae.
 
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LMJ

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The fuel pickup vessel had to be removed to see inside of the fuel tank. Draining the fuel (and I assume gunk) from the sender seems to have solved my issue, at least temporarily, as the car hasn't shut off once in 90 miles of city driving since then. I do plan to clean the tank after running this tank down a bit. In the meantime, I'm searching for a tank cleaning procedure that I can perform from the top porthole with the tank remaining on the vehicle.
Complete waste of time. Just get ALL of the fuel out and thorouly clean the tank. If you leave in any of the contaminated fuel your problem will just return. I really like the idea of removing the tank and having it steam cleaned.

Sure, you put some fresh fuel in, but now that fuel is contaminated with algae.
Mybe you should read the entire thread before spouting off at the mouth. I made it easy for you, just read my quote above.
 

belome

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Is it wrong to hope his IP takes a dump while he is still running the algae laden fuel?
 

ATR

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Mybe you should read the entire thread before spouting off at the mouth. I made it easy for you, just read my quote above.
Easy man! Folks are just trying to help you out :cool:

You might be able to get the tank steam cleaned with it still in the car. It might not be quite as through as if you removed it, however it may do the trick if you also treat the next few tanks of fuel with biocide.
 

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Is it wrong to hope his IP takes a dump while he is still running the algae laden fuel?
Yes. Just because we drive German cars doesn't mean we need to practice schadenfreude. ;)
 

GWbiker

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Thanks. I found a Purolator F50153 inline prefilter for 1983 mercedes at the local auto parts store. Sized perfectly for the hose.

Untitled by Larry Johnson, on Flickr
You can also get the "official" MB angle filter at any MB dealer. it's for the 123 series diesels. (1977-85 240D, 300D)
 
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