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Old 11-21-2006, 08:25 AM   #1
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Once again, I feel like a "Newbie" since buying my DP.

I'm going over the Freightline Pre-Trip list, and it calls for draining of the Fuel/Water Separator, but it doesn't give specifics. There are two plugs on the bottom of the canister...a black one and a white one. I unscrewed the black one a tad, and fuel only came out, so I quickly closed it. I decided to come here for advice before going any further.

What is the proper way to drain this thing, and which plug do I drain? Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2006, 08:25 AM   #2
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Once again, I feel like a "Newbie" since buying my DP.

I'm going over the Freightline Pre-Trip list, and it calls for draining of the Fuel/Water Separator, but it doesn't give specifics. There are two plugs on the bottom of the canister...a black one and a white one. I unscrewed the black one a tad, and fuel only came out, so I quickly closed it. I decided to come here for advice before going any further.

What is the proper way to drain this thing, and which plug do I drain? Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:02 AM   #3
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Craig,

You did it right. But with todays reliable fuel supplies and storage tanks, its rare to get water mixed in your fuel, so 99.9% of the time you open that drain valve only feul is going to come out.
If your fuel/water separator/filter is the typical Racor/Alliance type, it has a sight bowl on the bottom.
Although most of the written maint docs do say to drain that valve daily, whats realy more practical is to visually observe the see thru bowl on the bottom and if there is water in there you will see a distinct line of separation between the water & fuel. When you observe that condition is when its critical to open the drain valve. otherwise all you're doing is making a mess and wasting fuel.

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Ok, thanks. This leads me into another question though....what the heck do you do with the liquid that you drain?
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Craig,

I agree with Jim, that rarely will you ever see any water in the bowl. I still do occasionally drain a bit of fuel from the bottom of the separator though.

Disposing of the fuel is a problem since, like used motor oil really shouldn't be disposed of where it would make it's way into landfills. I'm sure it's not the proper way to dispose of the fuel, but I usually pour it into a hot campfire and just burn it. The fuel doesn't flare up like gasoline, but just burns like charcoal lighter would. Since I only put it on a hot fire, there's no risk of it going into the ground. Of course, be sure you're not cooking when you burn it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Joe-K:
I usually pour it into a hot campfire and just burn it. The fuel doesn't flare up like gasoline, but just burns like charcoal lighter would. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I like that idea!

Only problem being that since I'm not a full-timer, I don't see myself draining it while camping, but rather at home.

The fuel that I did drain was very thick. I looked like clear motor oil. I wonder if it would foul things up if I mixed it in with my recycled motor oil that I take down to AutoZone?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Craig P.:

The fuel that I did drain was very thick. I looked like clear motor oil. I wonder if it would foul things up if I mixed it in with my recycled motor oil that I take down to AutoZone? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's probably the best idea yet. I think it would work fine to dump it in with your waste oil.
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