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Old 06-18-2003, 05:16   #1 (permalink)
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My EA falcon has some water in the fuel tank and it seems to be controllable with ethanol but a water trap must be the answer. Found a small one which perhaps could be mounted somewhere in front of the rear wheel arch before the filter.
Is something available and has someone installed one on a falcon?
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How do you know there's water in the tank?
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Cleaning the tank out would be easier....what does the ethanol do....since its water miscible does it just end up combusted?
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Yep, same as the old metho(ethanol) in the tank trick, only not so good for modern plastics.
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Methylated spirits work too - and is harmless to almost everything.

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The symptoms are that the engine sometimes stops when the speed drops to idle. The engine is sometimes hard to start if the car is pointing downhill or driven over bumps and turned so that the fuel sloshes around. Ethanol seems to have removed most of it and now I know what the problem is I can manage it. To remove the tank means draining it and then it does not look easy.
A friend could not believe that the Falcon did not have a water trap. All cars have them!
It could perhaps be mounted where the filter is and the filter fitted further along.
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Re: Water trap

Mostly water traps would not be required, and the only cars I know of with them are basically diesels, and to empty the tank you can use the fuel pump to dump the fuel out via the engine bay, not the quickest but easy enough. To remove the tank you just support the tank on a jack with a bit of wood, goto the boot, remove the panel towards the back left side, undo all the fitting you find there, wires ets, then undo the two straps that hold the tank to the car, carefully lower and remove the tank, then empy it out fully, give it a good clean up, and stick it back in. The fuel pump uses petrol for lubrication, so you want to leave it submerged in a container for piece of mind.
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Methylated spitirts work too - and is harmless to almost everything.
Methylated spirits is ethyl alcohol, exactly the same as ethanol - no difference whatsoever.
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The petrol removed must be stored somewhere - 20 litres?
I think a special tool is needed to remove the pump.
A new gasket must be fitted.
It is not easy if space is limited. And then hope there are no leaks and no more water accumulates.
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