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Old 01-31-2009, 10:16 AM   #1
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well somewhere along the way some dirt ended up in one of my gallon jugs of fuel. how about cleaning it by running the fuel through a coffee filter? sound like it would work?
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Why take the chance? $300-$400 engine.....$20 bottle of fuel.......HMM!!!
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You could clean it, but I dont know if a coffee filter would work very well. I would go to an automotive supply store and buy some paint strainers. They are inexpensive and usually come in a pack of 5 or 10.

They are shaped like a funnel and are made from thick paper. The mesh is super fine for filtering paint as you pour it into the spray gun. I used them quite a few times to filter dirty fuel when I raced moto-x. Try to find an empty fuel jug to put your cleaned fuel in, you wont get all the dirt out of the old jug but you can get it out of the fuel with those filters.
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Why take the chance? $300-$400 engine.....$20 bottle of fuel.......HMM!!!
if i can indeed clean it then why not?
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You could clean it, but I dont know if a coffee filter would work very well. I would go to an automotive supply store and buy some paint strainers. They are inexpensive and usually come in a pack of 5 or 10.

They are shaped like a funnel and are made from thick paper. The mesh is super fine for filtering paint as you pour it into the spray gun. I used them quite a few times to filter dirty fuel when I raced moto-x. Try to find an empty fuel jug to put your cleaned fuel in, you wont get all the dirt out of the old jug but you can get it out of the fuel with those filters.
i appreciate the advice! i think ill try your way
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honestly your best bet would let it set overnight and siphon off the top without disturbing the bottom and ditch the rest, i personally would buy a fresh gallon
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if i can indeed clean it then why not?

I guess I cant argue with you, if you are willing to chance getting every dirt particle out, and not scratching your sleeve...I have been known to bake a few tires, lol
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They are shaped like a funnel and are made from thick paper. The mesh is super fine for filtering paint as you pour it into the spray gun. I used them quite a few times to filter dirty fuel when I raced moto-x. Try to find an empty fuel jug to put your cleaned fuel in, you wont get all the dirt out of the old jug but you can get it out of the fuel with those filters.
That's what I would do.
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I guess I cant argue with you, if you are willing to chance getting every dirt particle out, and not scratching your sleeve...I have been known to bake a few tires, lol
He will be alright if he uses a clean jug instead of the old one, unless theres a big heap of dirt in there. In that case I would just trash it. Those strainers are super fine mesh, it will filter dust out of car paint (ask me how I know). Besides, the stone filter in his tank or the in-line filter will catch any dirt in the tank. If a little dirt in your tank will kill an engine that fast we would all have a graveyard of them. Everytime you pit man does that "super fast" pit stop dirt has a chance to get in, and sometimes it does.
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i am sure you will be fine after you strain it.. thats what fuel filters are for
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i had dirt in my fuel from the fuel bottle but i run a fuel filter and it ran fine thats assuming that the fuel filter is clean
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if you filtered it wouldn't you lose some of the essential oils. espessially if filtering it thru paper like objects
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Ive filtered my fuel before for this same reason and it was fine. I bought a cheap fuel filter from Walmart and I push the fuel through it with a fuel bottle into a clean gallon jug. A friend of mine used the paint funnel method to do the same thing. He made it sound like the paint filter method works really easily.
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