The fuel tank in your vehicle is an important part. You cannot afford to ignore its contamination. In this article, we will know what causes fuel tank contamination, effects of contamination, and how to maintain it for optimal functionality.
Causes of fuel tank contamination
The corrosion generally occurs at the bottom of the fuel tank. This is because the moisture collected is heavier and moves to the bottom, especially if the fuel contains high proportion of Sulphur. The moisture may come while handling transporting fuel, ground surface water contact and via damage to the tank or hoses. The moisture causes rusting in the tank and ultimately corrosion.
Effects of fuel tank contamination
A common misconception among people is that fuel pump strainers/filters will prevent the contaminants from entering the engine. But, in fact, those strainers may not be of much help because they cannot filter particles less than 35 microns. However, fuel injector filters that are next to the fuel pump in the fuel system can filter particles as small as 10 microns. Thus, it is obvious that any contamination can cause premature fuel pump failure. Fuel pump failure eventually affects the normal functioning of the engine.
Cleaning fuel tank prevents adverse effects of fuel tank contamination
Contaminants not only clog different parts of the fuel delivery system, but also cause rapid wear to the filters/strainers. Wearing allows small particles to enter the fuel pump and other parts accelerating internal wear, which in turn leads to suboptimal efficiency or complete failure of the engine. To prevent such eventuality, clean the fuel tank periodically.
Precautions to take while cleaning fuel tank
Cleaning the fuel tank is important as it helps you not only improve the performance of the vehicle but also boosts the longevity of the engine. You should, however, take certain precautions while cleaning it. Here are some:
Fuel tank contamination issues are common as it is not completely within your control to rule them out. However, cleaning the tank following the guidelines discussed is extremely important. It will make your vehicle less troublesome and you can make sure that the vehicle has optimal functionality for a few more years to come.
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