Ford F-250 Super Duty Fuel Tank
Maintenance Tips for Ford F-250 Super Duty Fuel Tank
Our interactions with the Ford F-250 Super Duty fuel tank are often limited to refueling at the gas station, but every now and then they do require a bit of care and attention. Fuel tanks are particularly vulnerable to corrosion and contaminants in the fuel, and if left unattended this could lead to problems in your truck's fuel delivery system as well as in engine performance.
Proper use and maintenance of the fuel tank is really not that complicated, and leans more on common sense than specialized tools. To help you get started, here are some tips you can follow:
- Don't let the fuel tank come close to empty.
Aside from potentially finding yourself out of gas on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere, low fuel levels may also cause the inside of the tank to rapidly heat up and damage the electronic sensors inside it. Gasoline and diesel actually make good heat absorbers, and keeping the fuel levels high will also maintain the temperature inside the tank at a safe level.
- Don't let fuel sit for a long period of time.
If your truck will be idle for a long period of time, you may want to consider draining the fuel out of the tank. This is because particulates from the fuel might settle down at the bottom of the tank, making it harder to remove by the fuel filter. In addition, stagnant fuel may also encourage the growth of algae inside the tank, clogging up the fuel lines. You can siphon the tank onto a gas can or a similarly container, and refill it once you are going to start driving your truck again.
- Use only clean fuel.
Not sure if the cheap gas they're offering at the roadside? It's better to be safe than sorry and just find a reputable gas station. While less expensive, low quality gas may not be refined properly and might contain harmful particulates that can clog up the pipes and damage both the tank and the engine. And once the fuel tank is contaminated, you will need to have it flushed or even replaced in order to completely remove the contamination.