V2019 Polaris 570 Four Wheeler

Robert Owner Pennsylvania Posted   Latest   Edited  
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2019 Polaris Ranger 570 567CC

Hello All,

Thanks for your thoughts ahead of time!

A close friend sent me the attached pictures.

The vehicle ran great in April but then would not start. The suspicion is that someone perhaps put something in the furl tank as the four wheeler sat outside unsecured.

Please look at the pictures, one of the fuel sock, and the other is of the fuel tank interior. Your thoughts of the ;stuff' especially in the tank?

Thanks again for your thoughts!

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Dan Owner/Technician
Texas
Dan
 

… Looks like pure D RUST to me. What does it TASTE like ? lol {8^)~ … Dan H. … Hobbs … South Texas

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
   

Actually, I haven't tasted it, Dan. I will give that a go ASAP, Dan Thanks. 😊

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Wayne Owner/Technician
Ontario
Wayne
 

Well, considering the age old talk of sugar…. I have seen DEF poured in a car, its not that. I have also had Muriatic Acid poured in my kids yamaha and its not that either (found the bottle in the bush). My guess is a nasty bastard with a bag of sugar.

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
 

Wayne, that is a real possibility although it had to be a bunch of pounds of it. The color does support it, though. Thanks, Bob

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Bradley Educator
Ohio
Bradley
 

Does it dissolve in warm water? Sugar will

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
 

Thanks, Bradley! I will give it a try ASAP!

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
Matthew
 

I've seen similar stuff in farming vehicles. Usually it's something that has sat for a long time and had a chance to solidify, or mostly calcify, then add fuel and the process repeats over time until you have what you have there. Poor fuel and possibly additives or water will make a crusty mess over time. Does it have that old fuel smell when you break it apart?

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
 

Great idea, Matthew. ASAP I will do that. Thanks, Matthew!

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Jt Owner/Technician
North Carolina
Jt
 

My guy said he's seen factory gas tank sealer that wasn't removed at factory or the desiccant. Said he's seen similar color, just not that quantity and usually in motorcycles. He came here from Texas…just a guess. If fuel wasn't so expensive…maybe someone has an oil company chemist as a customer, they'd probably recognize it in a heartbeat or know someone who would. Good luck. Keep us posted.

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
 

You know JT, one of my first suspicions was that it was a factory coating. The size of it encouraged that suspicion. I actually did know a chemist from Sunoco years ago, but that was a long time ago. I appreciate it, JT!

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Robert, You are suggesting this stuff could not have been there in May? I would guess different. Excess buildup of fuel stabilizers that have crystalized over several seasons can do this. Most fuel stabilizers on the market are not as reliable as advertised. I am no fan of Stabil products for this reason. Without a chemical test it can be anyone's guess. Paying the extra for no Ethanol…

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
 

Thanks, Glenn. You are correct - I have no proof it was not present longer. You make a good point regarding fuel stabilizers. You know, back when I was wrenching full time, I did send (to a lab) a sample of some stuff found on the backs of the intake valves on an engine in a vehicle belonging to a teacher. They tested the stuff that turned out to be Caro pancake syrup. Thanks, Glenn!

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Darren Owner/Technician
Arkansas
Darren
 

Considering the tank is plastic my guess was something was put in the tank by accident, deliberate or perhaps it went under water? Any chance the evap system dropped down or broke and through temperature swings and some shallow water it got drawn in? Sugar does not dissolve in clear gas but add moisture and it can. seems quite a bit for accidentally but who knows, maybe some one ran low/out of…

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
 

Good Thought RE vinegar, Darren. I will check it out ASAP. Thanks, Darren.

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Jon Owner/Technician
California
Jon
 

Taste it

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
 

Actually, I haven't tasted it, Jason. I will give that a go ASAP. Thanks. 😊

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