[DML] Re: Water in gas?!?
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[DML] Re: Water in gas?!?

  I don't have a lot of experience with water in the fuel on our 
Deloreans, however I am familiar with the K-Jetronic system on other 
vehicles.  So my two cents may be a little off.

  First off I don't think you need to worry about blowing a head 
gasket during the backfire, possibly damaging/bending the fuel 
metering flap or blowing out a weak muffler but the head gaskets 
should be fine.

  From past experience I know that the fuel distributor can be very 
picky about any water of debris in the fuel supply.  The fuel 
distributor itself is non-servicable but if you were to take it apart 
the fuel metering piston (the correct name escapes me) will not fit 
back into its bore with fingerprints on it.  Not dirt, just oils from 
fingerprints.  So you see the tolerances are very fine and the fuel 
supply must be clean.
  If you have enough water in your fuel that it is coming out of the 
injectors cloudy I would recommend draining the fuel tank completely 
and starting with fresh fuel.  Also change your fuel filter.  I know 
it's a hassle, but it's better than having to replace your fuel 

Matt Smith

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Phil Priestley <phil@xxxx> wrote:
> Last time I took the D out it was running well until I pulled in 
> get gas. The tank was fairly empty so I filled it and took off 
> about a mile later the car started hesitating like it was starving  
> for fuel. I was sitting at a light and when I gave it gas to take 
> the engine died but restarted when I turned the key. The car kept  
> acting like it was starving for fuel and after a block or so it  
> started running fine.
> Yesterday I pulled it out of the  garage to take it out for a run 
> as soon as it was in the driveway it died. I restarted it and it 
> again. I  pulled the fuel pump and verified that it was working by  
> jumping the relay connectors.  I finally pulled an injector and 
> it in a bottle , jumped the relay again and pushed down on the air  
> flow meter.  The fuel that sprayed out into the bottle was a 
> and seems to have a lot of water in it.  Put everything back and  
> tried firing it up again thinking If I could get it running It 
> pull the water through the system. After cranking it  a couple 
> there was one hell of a backfire but no starting.  The battery was  
> almost dead from all the starting attempts and It wouldn't start 
> a jump so It was pushed back into the garage.
> This morning I took it off the charger and tried to fire it up. It  
> starts but as soon as fires up it dies and there seems to be a 
> amount of water coming out of the the exhaust . I would hate to 
> that the back fire could have blown a head gasket and they were  
> changed 200 miles ago. I'm not looking forward to having to pump 
> a full tank of gas for a little bit of water in the bottom but was  
> thinking that since gas floats on water I might be able to pump a 
> or two out and get the bulk of it, then add a fuel drier and run 
> tank of gas out and refill.  Anyone have any ideas?
> Phil Priestley
> Vin 2105
> http://alessandros120.com/
> (503)370-9951
> 1(866)225-7985
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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