AnswerID: 484260 Submitted: Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 11:25
I raised this issue on another forum
and people would not believe me.
My brother has twice had his tank sucked in.....it wont happen agian.
Fortunately he got his early and managed to beat his with a stick thru the filler and fuel sender holes and blow it back out with compressed air.
It all came from a blocked breather.
First time he found the breatther controll valve was clogged and not working so it was removed, the second time it was the open end of the breater pipe.
its particularly bad in diesels that work in dusty environments......what happens is the opening or the valve gets dampened with diesel and as air is drawn in to vent the tank it brings dust in with it.
Cycles of drying, moistening depositing of dust and the apature is sooner or later blocked solid with a quite hard plug.
If you've been arround red soil, you could swear some sneaky so & so had filled the breather with "stag".
So the diesel pump now just sucks the sides of the tank in
so pay attention to ya fuel breathers....I've extended mine with the diff & gearbox breathers and fitted a gortex filter, but a cheap fuel filter will do the job if you have a breather hose.
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