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Old 03-08-2006, 04:51 PM
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Default Put life back into diesel fuel?

hey guys,
i'm wondering if my diesel fuel went bad because i didn't keep the cap on tight with pliers.
just thinking that this would be my problem with starting my engine.
could I put an additive, like ether, into the fuel so it would be useable?
thanks
Old 03-08-2006, 04:59 PM
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Default RE: Put life back into diesel fuel?

Adding ether couldn't hurt.. It is worthwhile to keep diesel fuel well sealed, although I do not think the ether vanishes as instantly as some say. I was out of diesels for a while and had a half quart and an unopened quart of Davis fuel in the basement for about 15 years. Ran fine when I got back into diesels.
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Default RE: Put life back into diesel fuel?

Hello; I got 2 gals. of diesel when I bought an old friends Mills engines, the fuel hadn't been looked at in a few years and wouldn't work in my Irvine. I added the contents on one can of Quick Start ether, which was all that I could get in the container, and tried it. It worked great, even if there is now a bit more ether then the engine needs, it works great, I don't think you will damage anything by doing this. Ether will find a way of evaporating, even if you think your container is tight.

I'm not saying that this is the best thing to do, just that it worked for me.
Old 03-08-2006, 06:43 PM
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Default RE: Put life back into diesel fuel?

Using pliars on the lid is overkill and a sure fire way to cause a leak. Pliars belong in a building about 3 buildings away from anything RC related. A firm twist using the index finger and thumb is adequate and it will be harder to get off than it was to put on, whats up with that?
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Default RE: Put life back into diesel fuel?

thanks for the input guys

Where can i find some ether?
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Default RE: Put life back into diesel fuel?

The easiest source of ether for most is John Deere (or equivalent) starting fluid. Be sure to get one with a high ether content.

Mark the fuel level on the outside of the container when you store it for awhile so you will know if you have lost some ether. As far as I know, ether evaporation is the only thing that degrades diesel fuel.

You can tell that you are low on ether when your final compression setting is higher.

Use teflon plumber's tape on the can threads to get a better seal.

Hope these help.

George
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I've found John Deere part number RE33636 is the best. Check you local John Deere dealer of their site www.deere.com

Greg

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