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Old 12-30-2009, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ice in gas tank

a friend of mine just gave me an early 90's Arctic Cat Jag 440 for free. I already cleaned the carbs and put new fuel line on. I drained the fuel out of the tank. When i did this i found that there is alot of ice at the bottom of the tank. I really dont want to take the tank off because it goes all the way under the seat. I was wondering if there is any way that i can remove the ice from the tank with out having to remove the tank?
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yeah.... warm up the tank to well above freezing and then siphon out the gas, make sure you get it all out as the ice is obviously water in the ffuel
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I say remove the seat, you will be thankfull in the end. I installed a used seat/tank on my wife's Polaris a few weeks ago, I thought I sucked all of the old gas out of it. As it turned out, there must have been ice in the tank where I couldn't see it. All I know is I had to clean all of the carbs again along with the fuel pump. You will probably save time in the long run. Do it right the first time.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i turned the sled up side down to get the stale fuel out but the ice is too big to fit through the gas fill so i was wondering if there was anything that i could put in the tank to melt the ice so then i could just turn the sled upside down?
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When the fuel system freezes miles from nowhere you will regret not removing the tank and drying it properly. even fliping the sled will not remove all the water.
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Use a hair dryer blowing into the tank to melt the ice and then take a coat hanger with a rag crimped into it to dry it after turning upside down.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Careful using an electric motor near an open gas tank. The gas fumes will be pretty flammable and the sparks from the motor can ignite the tank. With hardly any gas in the tank, the mixture may be just about right for an explosion! If you decide to heat the tank, leave the cap on and heat from the outside, that will avoid the explosion potential. (ok, BC hat off)

It's really difficult to remove 100 percent of the water without taking the tank off. You will have a much easier time getting it all, then have a LOT better assurance that when you are on the trail that water won't be sucked into the fuel pump/carbs, stranding you alongside the trail.
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Take the tank off and bring it into the house and let it melt... Drain all of the water, use an air hose and get most out, let it sit over night, reverse process.
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Old 12-31-2009, 01:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If you do not have a gararge to bring the sled in to melt the ice just take something plastic to break up the ice then use a shop vac to suck it out. just be carefull not to crack the tank if its really cold out.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Do it right and remove the tank.
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