Looking for Water

Looking for Water by mikeysklar
Looking for Water, a photo by mikeysklar on Flickr.

Yesterday was the first cloudy evening we have had in a week. I took the opportunity to dump some fuel in the grease car and take off for Elephant Butte Lake. Unfortunately, the gas cap on the Mercedes was stuck to the point that I had to get some vice grips from the tool shed to open it. My guess is that biodiesel is eating away at the gasket on the fuel tank cap.

The landscape around the lake changes so quickly that I cannot even keep up. I've started taking pictures of different areas to explore for possible skimboarding. Now I need to figure out how to get to them. The roads are limited and most of the sand is too loose for me to drive in.

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Carlos said...

Put some wax or grease on the fill tube lip. It's not the biodiesel that's causing the problem, the seal is drying out and bonding with the metal. You also need to vent the tank if you haven't already.

Mikey Sklar said...

Thanks Carlos. Do you have a link so I can learn more about venting? I did some searching and it was suggested that a carbon filter be used for fuel tanks rather than directly into the atmosphere. How do I do it?

Carlos said...

Just drill a hole near the top of the neck or on the cap itself. Check your local emissions reg's. Some states require a sealed fuel tank.
If you decide to put the vent line on the neck, drill the hole at the 12 o'clock position just below/behind the lip. The hole should be same diameter as the line to your filter. Most American made cars have a vent hole at the top of the fill port but some imports don't.

Mikey Sklar said...

Thanks Carlos. I like the idea of a vent hole in the cap.

Bender said...

Drop the air pressure on your tires to 10 to 12 pounds and you will make it through the sand I live by the dunes and I seen an amc pacer go up the dunes. Two wheel drive 390 cid I was surprised .