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Post by Mikeincoleshill » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:40 pm

Just been to get some fuel in my car this morning got home and can smell a strong smell of petrol. On examination I have found the pipes at the back of the tank to be split. Question is will I have to drain the tank in order to repair or will the leak stop once the lines are empty. There is about half a tank of fuel.
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Post by philhoward » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:50 pm

Both will stop gushing once the level in the tank drops below where the sender takeoffs are. When you remove (and don't try and twist the old bits off as you'll snap the nylon bits off - cut them off with a sharp knife) the old lines you may get some extra come out but it shouldn't be much.


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Post by Mikeincoleshill » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:57 pm

Thanks Phil, how much do you reckon would be in the tank to get to that level? I may have to pump some out.



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Post by philhoward » Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:09 pm

Depends how much is in it :D

Try the "tap test" to find the level on the outside. Tap towards the top of the tank and register the sound. Keep tapping downwards, moving a little at a time, until the tone of the sound gets a little lower and duller - that's where the level is. If you want to get technical, get the tape measure out as, given it's a 10 gallon tank, you can figure out roughly how much you may need to pull out of it.


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Post by Mikeincoleshill » Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:22 pm

Thanks Phil. Probably a good job I didn't fill it!!



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Post by 1800oldb » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:05 pm

Phil,
my advice on the 'tap' test is be very careful! When you've seen a Canberra tip tank plunge to the floor because the 'tap' test had convinced senior & more experienced personnel than yourself that the tank was nearly empty and safe to remove; you do begin to doubt the wisdom of the 'tap' test. Of course, the Canberra tip tank held 244 gallons, not 45. Just saying.



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Post by peter freeman » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:32 pm

45 - you mean litres I assume



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Post by 1800oldb » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:39 pm

Ah, litres. I wondered why my mpg was so low!



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Post by philhoward » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:40 pm

Here, Mike knows roughly how much is in there anyway plus I’m guessing Canberra tanks were a little thicker material?

Just done the tap test on the water butts before watering the garden to see which one to use.


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Post by Mikeincoleshill » Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:04 pm

Parked it facing down the drive and clamped it off for now. I will take the boot liner out maybe tomorrow and get cracking on a fix. Just done the tap test on my can of beer, it's empty must get another!! :D



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