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Question Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

With our new engine installation about finished, I wanted to inquire about having my fuel tank cleaned and the fuel either "polished" or disposed of. I do not have a inspection port on the tank and I do not want to install one so thats out of the question.

I am interested in hearing experiences with having your diesel fuel tanks cleaned by a professional fuel cleaning service such as PetroScrub PetroScrub Services
- What did you pay?
- What services did they provide/what did you have done
- Were you pleased with the service and by whom
- Any other recommendations in the Baltimore/Annapolis area

The last thing I want to do is have an issue with fuel with a new engine, I am thinking the $$ spent would be worth it, even with the new racor fuel polishing unit I installed.

Thoughts, suggestions, comments please

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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

I did. Used KleenFuel, paid about $250. I was told by the business owner and 2 people at the marina that he was there about 3 hours, filtered a lot of stuff out of my fuel tank. I suspect none of the previous owners had ever cleaned the tank.

Prior to treatment, I could feel sediment on the bottom of the tank with the dipstick; afterwards, I could not.

I have not have a problem with my diesel engine. I understand clean fuel is probably the single most important element in maintaining a diesel, so I change my filters regularly and monitor my tank. I plan to use the service again every several years to ensure my tanks and fuel are clean.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

We had our's done in Mexico, now we change the filters at over 100 hours instead of 30 hours.

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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

JW,

Was the price tank size specific or time specific?

At 250 that's a good deal, a single tank of fuel for me is more than that.

Also, name the business please.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

The quote I recieved from Petro was $450 based on tank size (50 gal), if I get a few more folks at the marina to do it at the same time he offered 10% off the total for all included.

Clean Fuels in Annapolis quoted me $225 - 335 for 50 gallon tank depending on disposol or recycle fuel

Dr Fuel Clean has not quoted me yet, but based on tank size
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JW,

Was the price tank size specific or time specific?

At 250 that's a good deal, a single tank of fuel for me is more than that.

Also, name the business please.
The business is Kleenfuel. It is based on time, which correlates with tank size. My boat has a 14 gallon fuel tank.
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I do not have a inspection port on the tank and I do not want to install one so thats out of the question.
My answer to your basic question is YES, but I would be asking exactly what they are going to do to clean the sludge out of an '82 tank without an inspection port.

I should have been doing what you are doing when I bought my boat in your area in 2005. After my 2 - 75 gal tanks baked in your Annapolis sun for 2 years with very little use with the 2nd owner the first bash down Delaware Bay gave me my first of 7 total daily filter blocks which stopped me dead on my self-delivery to NGBay. Back in 2005 in RI I paid $1000 to have the fuel cleaned but I don't know if they did much if anything to the tanks. The next year I set up a "Filter-Boss" system and have been trouble free since - but mine is a '99 so I think most of the problem was caused by the second owner lack of use which was re-enforced by the mechanic who while investigating my oil burning issue discovered a stuck vane in the Turbo. Instead of trying to sell me anything or service hours $$$$ he just basically said - Use IT.... Hard. You on the other hand, may have some very old stuff in there so maybe they could get it out for you.
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My answer to your basic question is YES, but I would be asking exactly what they are going to do to clean the sludge out of an '82 tank without an inspection port.
He uses the fill opening. Fuel is drawn out, run through filters, then forced back in at high pressure, causing sediment to be dislodged from the bottom and sides of the tank.

Sorry to hear of your experience.
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I am skeptical if the process actually works and cleans the tank. Cutting a hole in the tank is just asking for leaks in my opinion. I never had fuel problems before, but the old engine burned fuel very inefficiency so it was turned over frequently. I have installed a racor fuel polishing unit in addition to the old favor unit. I have set it up so the filter will do the majority of the filtering, the polishing unit can act as a back up filter if required.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

Instead of a fuel service like this, I would highly recommend spending the same money on a fuel polishing system. For a few hundred bucks you can get a stand alone polishing system installed that will keep this from happening in the first place.

It won't immediately get the tanks clean like the services are supposed to, but the constant slow polishing on a daily basis will keep water out of your tank in the future, and prevent the buildup of sediment that then lacquers onto the tank.
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