7 simple steps to Clean a Fuel Tank
Fuel tanks are a crucial part of any car. Unfortunately, they can become dirty and clogged over time, leading to an inability for the fuel tank to work correctly. What’s worse is that most people don’t know how to clean out their fuel tank! This blog post will tell you all about how to clean your fuel tank in 7 simple steps.
1. Safety First
Make sure the tank is cool and that any fuel has already been drained. Then use a shop cloth over your hand to move around with and do not allow it to come into contact with the hot metal of the tank.
2. Remove all obstructions
Any debris in your fuel tank will need to be removed first before fuel tank cleaning can start. Use a shop cloth to wipe around the tank and remove any dirt build up.
3. Debris Removal & Rust Removal
Using a Brass wire brush with WD-40 in it, scrape at and loosen all rust or debris that may be caked on anywhere within the tank. If using an electric drill always use extreme caution as you may accidentally drill through and cause leaks.
4. Removing Rust with Vinegar & Baking Soda
Mix a solution of one part vinegar to two parts waters, into this add half a cup of baking soda, then pour this solution in the tank and let it sit for about 15 minutes before draining it out again. Repeat the process until the tank is clean.
5. Cleaning the Tank with a Brass Wire Brush
Use a brass wire brush to thoroughly clean the inside of the tank, reaching as hard as you can into any area that dirt or rust may be hiding. Make sure to get in all of tools and corners before rinsing it out with water.
6. Rinse with water and let dry
Rinsing the tank out after cleaning is very important because if left to dry without rinsing, rust can start to form in your tank again. Then allow it to dry for about 12 hours before using it again or putting any fuel back into it. Make sure that there are no puddles of water in the bottom of the tank before putting fuel back in.
7. Finish off with some Rags, WD-40 & a shop cloth
Use a rag to wipe down the inside of the tank and then spray lightly with WD-40 before replacing cap. Then using another clean dry rag, wipe out any excess WD-40 that is on the outside of your tank. Replace cap ad enjoy!
Try using a 15-gallon portable fuel tank, it is extremely useful. The process is simple and straightforward so there’s no need for worry or confusion when it comes time to do the job. Follow these 7 steps and you’ll be well on your way to having a shiny new fuel tank in no time!