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Old 03-26-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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Fuel Tank Drain Plug

I finally got that drain plug out of the tank and drained out all the gas. The plug was installed by someone using a locktite type thread locker/sealer and we could not get it off. I spoke to a locktite rep and they said the only way to soften that material was by using lots of heat.

We kept a harbor freight heat gun trained on it, and set on high for about 10 minutres and sure enought it came right out along with some small ammount of crud and a 1/2 glass of water.

What is the best way to flush that tank now that it is empty?

Is there a special sealer to use when I re-install the drain plug?
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:26 AM   #2
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If you got rust along with crud and water then check with your local radiator shop. They might have a dip tank big enough to fit your tank. If your tank has no rust, I would put the plug back in and run it. You will have to drop the tank and inspect it thru the fuel pump opening to do a throrough inspection. I used a motorcycle jack to drop my tank. It wasn't a huge job.
Never use thread lock on something you want to remove. Use yellow thread tape designed for natural gas and propane installations.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:03 AM   #3
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If you got rust along with crud and water then check with your local radiator shop. They might have a dip tank big enough to fit your tank. If your tank has no rust, I would put the plug back in and run it. You will have to drop the tank and inspect it thru the fuel pump opening to do a throrough inspection. I used a motorcycle jack to drop my tank. It wasn't a huge job.
Never use thread lock on something you want to remove. Use yellow thread tape designed for natural gas and propane installations.
I really don't want to remove the tank. It is huge, 90 gallons I am looking for a way to just flush it out a bit, I expected to see a lot of water but only got a small amount plus about a pinch or two of assorted dirt stuff.
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I really don't want to remove the tank. It is huge, 90 gallons I am looking for a way to just flush it out a bit, I expected to see a lot of water but only got a small amount plus about a pinch or two of assorted dirt stuff.
I got a brass hose barb adapter with a 1/2 clear hose, screwed it into the drain hole, put the hose end in a clear jug and flushed the tank thru the tank filler with a few gallons of clean gas, absolutley nothing but gas came out, no dirt, no water, nothing. I guess all is clean now. I put the plug back in and changed the fuel filter.
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