If your business is involved in the use or trading of liquid fuel or any other high-value liquid for that matter, you might be using a containment facility we know as the poly diesel fuel tank. Over time, these types of liquid containment/storage systems will have an accumulation of rust and sediments. This is especially true in the case of an older type of vehicle.
Sure enough, that old vehicles and machinery are equipped with fuel filters and are doing their job well. However, if you are not in the habit of changing them regularly, your poly diesel fuel storage tanks would greatly benefit from a thorough cleaning. After all and there is no exemption to this, all vehicles that have remained idle or not being active for some time are prone to develop problems with regard to condensation in the tank. If this thing happens, and you have a metal gas tank, it runs the risk of developing corrosion, prematurely.
If you buy yourself a vintage car or planning to acquire a vehicle that has been sitting for quite some time, this is among the first tasks that you will need to attend to. The next time that you are going to have a maintenance work for your car or machine, make it sure to have your fuel tank taken off so you can give it a much deserved thorough cleaning. By this measure, you are extending the expected service life of your engine.
Steps on Cleaning Silvan Tanks
- Wear all the recommended safety gear for this job. This will include your gloves, goggles, and a respirator mask. Make sure also that your workspace does have proper ventilation. Do this by opening doors or windows.
- Put your fuel tank system on top of a solid and level surface. This can be your shop floor, driveway, or even to your garage floor.
- Take advantage of pressurized air and a portable vacuum nozzle to eliminate accumulated dust, dirt, or debris from your fuel tank’s exterior surfaces. Have an eye for holes, cracks, and patch holes. Replace damaged small parts in case you spot some. Cracks and holes in your fuel containment system can be remedied by soldering them. But you can do so after you have completely drained your tank of its liquid fuel.
- Loosen and unhook your tank’s fuel lines with the help of a reliable screwdriver. You can lock the ring, and this can be found on the topmost part of your fuel pump module.
- Gently take off the fuel pump, do this by twisting it to right and left first, and then lift it straight up. Try to pull it from your fuel tanks open cavity.
- To keep fuel from spilling, tip your fuel pump base.
- Secure the fuel pump to an oil-drip pan. This can be set aside until after you clean your fuel tank. You can just dispose of it too if you are intending to replace this part soon.
- If there are any lingering traces of fuel left remaining inside your tank, you can make use of a shop rag to dry it up.
We highly recommend the use of a lint-free shop towel. You can use this to wipe clean the inner linings of your poly diesel fuel tanks. Whenever available, you can take advantage of compressed air if you want to completely dry out your fuel containment tank. After using compressed air to dry your fuel tank, let it sit for another round of 30 minutes or more. Carefully inspect silvan tanks and make sure it does not have any signs of corrosion or physical damage. If something about it is flawed in any way, you need to have it fixed as soon as possible. If something is damaged, regardless of the extent or nature of the damage is, you need to replace it.