cleaning jerry cans (petrol to diesel)

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:15
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Hi All,

Having recently traded my petrol vehicle for a diesel vehicle I have two perfectly good (almost new) jerry cans that I have used once for petrol. They are the plastic variety.

Is there a way of cleaning them well enough to be able to use them for diesel without it casuing any problems?

Thanks
Ev
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:29

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:29
Tip 'em upside down 'till it stops running out, then fill with diesel.

Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:30

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:30
Tip them upside down to expel any petrol remaining in the containers and leave the cap off overnight to assist evaporation.

Fill with diesel and they are ready to go.
There's no problem with contamination.

Bill

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Reply By: _gmd_pps - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:49

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:49
A small amount of petrol in a diesel vehicle is no problem at all. different the other way around. Diesel ignites when compressed enough and the petrol will just burn with it. I chuckle when I read the above posts ..

good luck
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:01

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:01
I chuckled too... but petrol ignites even more easily than diesel!

A bit of diesel in with the petrol doesn't make much difference... just a bit of smoke.


I mean ... only a LITTLE BIT! :-]]
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Follow Up By: Squizzy - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 07:05

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 07:05
Just call it upper cylinder.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:56

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:56
I just ran out to the garage and called mine 'upper cylinder' and nothing happened :(

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 19:55

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 19:55
gmd,

Some of us prefer to give people asking for advice, the safest option.

No need to be obnoxious mate!

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 22:22

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 22:22
Gmd.... don't be so delicate.
Advice is fine, but you need to be able to handle a couple of responses to pick up on detail. That's how it works.
We all chip in.
Not obnoxious?.... simply communicating and sharing.
Look for the extra 'smile' ... :-]

That usually means that the comment was a 'please don't take offence' type of comment. Just an extra opion meant in friendly way.

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 22:23

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 22:23
That should have been 'opinion'...
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:58

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:58
Just put diesel in them!

Why would there be a problem? ... unless you still have some petrol in them, but that would be silly.
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 00:31

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 00:31
You could have a litre of petrol in there and fill it up with diesel and not cause a problem - 5% blend would be fine.

Tim
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Reply By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 04:24

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 04:24
Ev

A bit of petrol in a can of Diesel will not hurt anything, you may find it actually helps.
I am not too sure about Common rail diesels, but injector type, it helps them along a bit, and keeps the lines clean too.

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Bucky
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Reply By:- Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:02

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:02
Thanks for the info everyone. Damn good place to get answers this forum!!!!

Cheers
Ev
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