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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-17-2009, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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best way to drain old fuel

Im lookin at buying a '84 volvo 240 sedan with the 2.4L diesel. The guy parked it about a year ago because it has a fuel leak somewhere. He wants $100 for it and said it runs but I didn't want to start it with old fuel in it. Whats the easiest way to drain the old fuel or can I bypass the the tank and run in to a gas can?
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Either give the fuel pump 12V of juice and run a line into a couple buckets or siphon it out. If neither of these is possible you're going to have to drop the tank.

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So if I tried to start it with the old fuel in it, whats the worst that would happen?
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You could cause damage to anything that the fuel comes in contact with, but if you want to try it top off the tank first and put in some fuel stabilizer of some sort, a can of seafoam probably wouldn't hurt.

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turns out the car has been sitting for almost two years and the guy thinks the fuel rail is leaking. The car has a bosch mechanical injection system on it. Im guessing it needs new o rings and thats it. He also said something about an injection pump. Cant seem to find anything at the parts store. The car is in great condition and he wants $200 for it. Is it worth it. It has 180,000 miles
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The simplest way to sample a tank is to add a pound or so af air pressure to the tank with the fuel line disconnected at the fuel filter. If the color is not dark and there is no water it may run. I try to light a small sample, if it burns without a wick it should run. If it takes a wick to start a fire the old diesel can be used at 5-10% rather than paying to get rid of it.

As a matter of value - call a scrap buyer to see what the local rate is, last I sold was $4.15 per 100#.

If you have the skill to service everything it's good but the cost of a retail brake job with hydraulics might not make it a bargain. The results on a fuel sample can mean a couple of bills for cleaning the tank.

The fuel leaks should be easy to find, just apply fuel pressure to the fuel line at the tank with an electric fuel pump sold for old gas engines.

New battery, engine coolant, brakes, filters, rubber parts -belts, fuel lines, gaskets, hoses, vacuum lines...........everytime the servicelist says inspect/replace, replace.

Uses up a couple of weekends. But the 'reliable' factor is as good as a late model used car.

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