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Old 07 May 2004, 18:46   #31
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My guess is that car engines probably have a more efficient filtering system, however I have heard people say they are not using smaller independent filling stations because they don't trust the fuel.
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I'm not convinced... there's no glass-bowl separator under my car's bonnet. And I'm sure that the fuel filter is a tiddly little thing. Off to get the Haynes book of lies...
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Also they are a bit lower down the delivery chain so they tend to run lower on fuel more often. Guess where the water lives!
Trouble is petrol floats on water and the pick-up point in any fuel or storage tank is at the bottom, which is where the water is, so you get water before fuel
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Trouble is petrol floats on water and the pick-up point in any fuel or storage tank is at the bottom, which is where the water is, so you get water before fuel
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I'm not convinced... there's no glass-bowl separator under my car's bonnet. And I'm sure that the fuel filter is a tiddly little thing. Off to get the Haynes book of lies...
Richard!
Let me know what you find, I'm now curious.

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Nothing yet... there's some great B&W photos in the book with no indication of scale, and I wasn't in the mood to go crawling under the car today!

However, I did notice that there certainly isn't any water trap device, and that the quoted life of a fuel filter for the car is 18,000 miles. I'll bet that they are hardly ever changed... have you ever noticed this item on a service bill? Except perhaps diesels - I used to service diesel cars and change the fuel filter regularly. And now that I think about it, I'm sure that they were a cartridge unit similar to a quicksilver cartridge.
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Some thoughts.

Cars tend to be used daily which stops the build up.

Weather changes in pressure and temp cause condensation.

You don't park your car in the water, well most of us don't.

You don't use cans to transfer fuel to the car.

Petrol stations have a high turn over of fuel, but a Marina ? during winter ?

Boats tend to be stationary during winter which allows condensation to collect and move to the bottom of the tank.

To reduce the risk ensure everything is clean, tanks are stored full, a good diesel water trap filter is fitted and check it regularly.

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You don't park your car in the water, well most of us don't.
I reckon that a significant amount of the water in a fuel tank could well come from the most obvious source!
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