new owner of a fiat ducato

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by daveshott, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. daveshott

    daveshott Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2012
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    norfolk
    Ok I feel so stupid about this , i am probably not the first one to do this , but I recently could not resist buying a fiat ducato compass 1.9 turbo 1992 , ok it cost around 5,000 and so far i.ve spent 300 on a new batery new radiator and service parts , but the BIG MISTAKE WAS TO PUT £20 POUNDS WORTH OF DIESEL IN THE WATER TANK !!! . Shame on me should of had my specs on , but could someone tell me if i have to exchange the tank and pipes to the outside of van , i have not pumped the liquid round yet ! has anyone got some good advice for me ! ok i know i should of had specs on ! thanks dave
     
  2. aba

    aba

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,793
    Likes Received:
    1,119
    Location:
    yorkshire
    hi and welcome to fun.

    you are not the first nor will you be the last to have this accident.
    someone will be along to advise shortly.
     
  3. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,426
    Likes Received:
    25,080
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Who's a silly boy then !

    The answer is already here somewhere, not easy but many flushes of detergent I think, much easier if you haven't run a tap and got in the pipes as well.

    Use the search facility, it might take a bit of looking but it's here somewhere.
     
  4. Heyupluv

    Heyupluv Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,862
    Likes Received:
    1,585
    Location:
    France,
    Dave, have a word with Jim..(Scot jimland) on here..he did work in the food industry, he may be able to help you get rid of the taste and smell of Diesel out of your fresh water tank:thumb:...Good luck
     
  5. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Messages:
    11,066
    Likes Received:
    13,669
    Location:
    Heavan
    Dave, me, I would empty it out, contiunally flush it through with the clean tank type stuff you get for water tanks.

    I never ever drink out of mine anyway and have bottled water, even the dog does.

    Sorry about your mishap, but it has made me giggle, :Doh:

    Never heard that one before.
     
  6. aba

    aba

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,793
    Likes Received:
    1,119
    Location:
    yorkshire
    having said all that though and you may be able to flush it but as its an older tank you may benefit from a replacement.
     
  7. daveshott

    daveshott Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2012
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    norfolk
    water taank

    yes i was guided by the auction centre , but without specs i kind of guessed ! worse thing happen at sea heh :Doh:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Popeye

    Popeye Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    Messages:
    7,706
    Likes Received:
    16,898
    Location:
    New Forest
    Well "Daveshott" that takes some balls to come on here and admit to a cock - up of those dimensions.

    I watch customers switch Diesel and Petrol every week on our forecourt but I've never seen Diesel in the water tank.

    As a matter of interest, I serviced my Ducato before I set off to Garda and found some a**hole had put screen-wash and water in the PAS reservoir. They are only inches apart but not advisable. I had to carry out multiple flushes before I got shot of the water.

    Welcome Dave, you'll feel right at home here where there are more nutters per capita than any other site on this interwebbynet thingy....Griff...:thumb:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. daveshott

    daveshott Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2012
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    norfolk
    water tank

    Hi thanks for your comment i know it was a silly thing to do , but heh wont do it again ever , easy job fitting a new rad , and runs well first outing for us will be end of july with a bit of luck
     
  10. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    As already mentioned, use detergent, this will break down the diesel, but it is a long slow process..

    Fill it with hot water and detergent and allow it to soak overnight then empty and repeat. If the tank can be agitated that would help or a brush on a bendy stick is a possibility. Then flush it through with lots of hot water until completely clear of detergent. The flush may have to be repeated many times.

    Finally fill with fresh cold water and a big dose of bicarbonate of soda.. leave overnight then flush with fresh water.. this should remove the taint ..

    I have also heard that using concentrated orange juice in the final flush will also help remove taint ..

    good luck
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. daveshott

    daveshott Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2012
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    norfolk
    tank

    thanks jim will try this , I may be able to get hold of a 2nd hand tank too , but its a bt of a nightmare ! thanks again

    dave
     
  12. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    18,326
    Likes Received:
    21,630
    Location:
    Narrfoook
    Hi Dave,
    do not worry mate.. you aint the 1st and wont be th elast.. And it is not as if it is the end of the world :BigGrin:

    There should be a large plastic cap/lid affair on the top of the tank
    Remove that and have a grope around inside the tank in the diesel feeling for a tap.

    Place a suitable receptical under than van to catch the diesel in and undo said tap

    Leave the tap open and squirt washing up liquid all around the inside of the tank

    Get the hose in there and have a bloody good squirt about...

    Then once drained and the basic residue is removed you can start the clean up

    Yup, pure orange juice is pretty good at killing most smells..

    But one that has not been mentioned yet.............

    After you have done the detergent thing, the juice thing, and repeatedly flushed it all out, stick a whole bottle of Milton ( baby bottle sterilizer fluid ) in the tank and then fill it right up.

    Leave it in for at least 24 hours then do the flushing out thing a couple more times
     
  13. wivvy's dad

    wivvy's dad Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Messages:
    3,218
    Likes Received:
    1,807
    Location:
    48.066895,12.862673
    Would Coca-Cola be any good?
     
  14. joner8888

    joner8888 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    2,190
    Likes Received:
    1,971
    Location:
    somerset
    Go to a local motor factors
    Buy TFR trafic film remover.
    Pour in the tank, top up with water
    then keep flushing through.
    It is a really strong detergent for cleaning commercials and it`s job is to remove grease or diesel:thumb:
     
  15. DESCO

    DESCO Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Messages:
    2,651
    Likes Received:
    267
    Location:
    London
    Have used Coca-Cola on grey water tank to freshen, but don't think it would work on diesel.
     
  16. Terry

    Terry Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    10,722
    Likes Received:
    6,224
    Location:
    South yorks
    Hi Dave have a look under your van at the tank to see if it has a screw on cap underneath :thumb:If it has unscrew it and let all drop then flush as Jim says
    terry
     
Loading...

Share This Page