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Old 10 August 2009, 07:49   #21
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A friend reckons his Peugeot HDI doesn't like Ultra Low Sulphur diesel?
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Old 10 August 2009, 08:31   #22
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I am starting to wonder if a mid season filter change is worth it & changing to a glass bowl type filter so I can physically see if there is water in it . Have this on one boat but not the other.
Yeah, I'm toying with putting a jamjar in.
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Old 10 August 2009, 09:56   #23
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Strangely enough your'e better off buying your'e fuel from a supermarket as they 'polish' the tanks more regularly than private stations. Tesco in particularly have there tanks cleaned quite frequently especialy since the Bio Fuel incident.

The major reason is turnover the supermarkets buy and sell fuel cheaply in enormous quantities and can easily afford to pay for proper maintenance without hurting the profit too much.

A smaller station is less likely to go to the expense as because of the supermarkets they are struggling. All in all it's not a good situation.

Ask the station manager for a record of their tank service and ask what contractor does it, and do they use fibre cameras to check the condition. Also when were their filters changed last. You can be assured, as a result of health and safety beurocracy there will be paperwork in triplicate for this to happen.

Also the Trading Standards Dept have a fuel officer it might be worth involving him and finding out when that station was last inspected and where there any issues

I won't run boat with a filter that I can't see the fuel in BTW, albeit in thi instance it happenned very quickly and you wouldn't have noticed from observation
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Old 10 August 2009, 10:50   #24
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Strangely enough your'e better off buying your'e fuel from a supermarket as they 'polish' the tanks more regularly than private stations.....
Similarly, I can't buy into the 'poor' quality supermarket fuel theory. The potential for claims would be astronomic if these guys were selling fuel that could possibly damage any engine in anyway.
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complain to Treading Standards with when and which pump. If there is a problem then they will have had other complaints that tie in with your date and time - if it was the fuel you bought then. All the incidents I have dealt with have had several cars stopped within a few miles as any contaminent is swilling about in the car tank at the beginning before it has chance to settle to the bottom.
There is often a bit of water at the bottom of a garage tank and personally I would never fill when there is a tanker in there dropping a few thousand litre of fuel underground and stirring the contents up.
Strangest one I saw was an intermittent history of cars breaking down with water probs from one pump. Tank was ok with no water, test delivery of fuel was fine but still cars kept breaking down. Traced to a pinhole in the underground suction line from tank to pump which was sitting in a small void underground. When the void filled with water the suction line would suck it through the pinhole into customers car. Then with the level dropped nothing would happen for days or even weeks in a dry spell then some unlucky driver got the next batch of water.
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Level sensors yes, sensors to see if the fuel is contaminated, no.


the Offshore Systems fuel level sender fitted to my Aircraft Rib detects water in the fuel in the tank
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Old 10 August 2009, 13:29   #27
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HOW MUCH WAS IT PLEASE?
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Me thinks it was a hundred and something pounds, I bought it as a package from the nice lady at nautiquipe. But what I will tell you, it is amazing how accurate it is
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our local petrol station is in the bottom of a steep hill next to a river and which is prone to heavy mist and dew at times certain times of the year ,a few years ago they had a lot of problems with condensation getting into cars .
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the Offshore Systems fuel level sender fitted to my Aircraft Rib detects water in the fuel in the tank
Smart bit of kit.

If petrol stations did monitor what was in the tank then we'd never have problems.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6409025.stm
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