Using old Jerry cans

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:07
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What are peoples thoughts. I am going away soon an need to take extra diesel with me. I have two brand new Jerry cans which I normally use but need to take an extra couple in case.

I have some older Jerries that have always had petrol in them. Is it OK to use these if I give them a good cleanout or is there likely to be some sort of reaction.

I will probably only need the extra's once and so it seems silly to purchase some new ones.
We have so little time to enjoy our land
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Reply By: Mixo - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:39

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:39
I have used them for both fuels on my high-tech diesel engine - not an issue - if they are clean, you just let it all drain out and swap fuels.Gotta have red sand on those boots !
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:46

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:46
No problem likely David. I seem to swap them over all the time without drama. To maximise dilution of any residual petrol, tip the contents of each old jerry in to the main tank as soon as you have used 25 L.Bob
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 07:59

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 07:59
Hi David
Just leave the Jerries that had petrol in them out in the sun with the lids open and an residue will evaporate away, then ad the diesel.
Raywanderin' in retirement. victor 2010
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Reply By: wazza - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 09:43

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 09:43
Accidentally put $5 of unleaded into the tank on the cruiser when hungover one boxing day. Filled the rest (85 litres) with diesel and ran it through. Only on half throttle most of the time. Filled it agian when it was half full. Didn't seem to hurt. A little petrol residue should be ok, especially if you swill a bit of deisel round the jerry first to clean it out first.

Only thing was, i had to put up with the old war stories of the geezer at the service station who said in 1940 something they used to run diesel boats on a 50% mix with 'standard' to make them go heaps quicker. Hmmm, don't know that I believe him.
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Follow Up By: Williewags- Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 18:31

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 18:31
In the days before my own prohibition I was hung over too one morning. We were in a foreign country, driving on the wrong side of the road and did not understand the language or roadsigns. Just about filled the old Landrover 6 cyl petrol up with diesel. Boy, did she run rough and blow some smoke!! We went back to the servo and dropped the diesel and filled up with petrol again. Expensive morning!
Always going somewhere
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Reply By: Rex - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 10:59

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 10:59
Sometimes in the colder countries we add up to 30% petrol to stop the diesel forming into a gel. Not a problem.
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