So I'm working on Saturday, and the fuel is a little low. Normally I'd just load the big tank into the back of my truck and take it over and fill it up with off-road diesel. It's dyed diesel, and about 30% cheaper than road diesel most of the time. But the fuel place that I buy from is closed on Saturday. what to do.
I can get road diesel, but I hate paying the extra 30%. Darn it, gotta go. So I found a plastic diesel container that I have, and went off to buy 5 gallons of road diesel. I'll put a little in the tank to tide me over the weekend, until I can get a full tank of offroad. Problem solved, I spent the rest of the day doing tractor stuff.
When I fill my tractor from a 5 gallon can, I can never get all of the diesel out of the container. There's always a half-pint or so left. So I didn't think much of it when I had a little sloshing around in the can when I left to buy the road diesel. But diesel, in a can, left a long time, is EVIL. PURE EVIL.
My tractor was running just fine, and then started having problems when I was going up or down an incline. Fading out, no power. I thought at first I had run out of fuel, but the gauge showed half-full. Eventually it just stalled out.
I could not figure it out, so I started with the simple stuff -- is the air filter clogged? No, almost new. Is the battery low or dead? Nope, checked fine. Air and fire, check. Now for fuel.
Is the fuel filter full? Yes. But when I pulled it off I looked into the center hole and noticed something odd. It looked like jello. I poured it out, and it was sa gelatinous blob of something. Algae maybe. Evil. Ok, off to the store for a new fuel filter.
I get the new fuel filter in, and use the hand-operated lift pump to fill it. But I crank it 50 times, and I'm not filling the filter. I pull the filter off, and crank it. very little flow. I should be getting a good squirt of diesel every time. Weird. Ok, back another step
So to save myself a few bucks, I've now spent 5 hours messing with my tractor, and none of the stuff I was going to do is getting done. I ended up having to drain every bit of fuel from the tractor and then bleed/fill all of the tubes and pumps and valves.