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TR6 TR6 Fuel Filter keeps clogging

bunzil

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I've been through three tanks of gas on a new gas tank from Victoria British and the fuel filter has clogged twice to the point of where I was almost stranded. Examining the filter shows very tiny white fibers are the culprit. I did not wash the tank before installing it - perhaps now a mistake. Anyone have any ideas? My only theory, and it's a poor one, is that the box the tank was shipped in left these dust fibers behind, inside the tank.

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poolboy

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If the filter is downstream of the fuel pump, the fibers might be the remains of a plastic filter screen in the fuel pump.
If the filter is up stream of the filter, I can't imagine.
 

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For the foreseeable future you may want to get the largest bodied translucent/transparent inline filter you can buy and use it instead of whatever your filter is now... and carry a spare. Eventually the fibers (whatever they are from) will all be washed out.
 
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bunzil

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For the foreseeable future you may want to get the largest bodied translucent/transparent inline filter you can buy and use it instead of whatever your filter is now... and carry a spare. Eventually the fibers (whatever they are from) will all be washed out.

Fortunately I long ago switched to a glass filter that unscrews from both ends so it's pretty easy to swap out the removable element. I'd really rather not remove the tank and flush it. Perhaps I'll just take your advice and have some spares.

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Can't imagine its cardboard. I recall a story about a "former girlfriend" depositing "feminine product" in a tank resulting in similar issues. I hope thats not your case. What about getting a cheap electric fuel pump to empty the tank?
 

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Fortunately I long ago switched to a glass filter that unscrews from both ends so it's pretty easy to swap out the removable element. I'd really rather not remove the tank and flush it. Perhaps I'll just take your advice and have some spares.

Thanks.

I have one of those serviceable filters on the GT6 along with a petcock type valve between the tank and filter so I can replace the filter (which is under the tank) without draining the tank. I loose some fuel but not much!
 

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I'm in favor of carrying a spare and being prepared to change it out. One day soon you'll forget about it when the culprit disappears.
 

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Not sure if it's related, but 2 people in our club installed new aluminum tanks. Both had several filters clog shortly after. Both have the glass/replaceable filters. Each time there was obvious crud, but don't think it could be called 'fibers'. We think it had something to do with the welds, on the inside of the tank that can't be cleaned. After a couple filter cleanings, it went away. I hope you are as lucky.
 
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Not sure if it's related, but 2 people in our club installed new aluminum tanks. Both had several filters clog shortly after. Both have the glass/replaceable filters. Each time there was obvious crud, but don't think it could be called 'fibers'. We think it had something to do with the welds, on the inside of the tank that can't be cleaned. After a couple filter cleanings, it went away. I hope you are as lucky.

The "glass replaceable filters" have admittedly a very small filter with not much surface area and so it wouldn't take much to clog it. I had mine in the car without incident until the current problem started happening. I went to a local auto store and bought the largest see-thru filter I could find and now keep the tank at half or less in an attempt to keep whatever this stuff is somewhat concentrated. If this crud is indeed in suspension I'll filter it faster if there is less gas in the tank at all times. Plus I'm keeping a spare filter in the trunk.

This will work itself out. Thanks.
 
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