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Barrette's Small Engines Inc. - SmallEngines.ca FAQ's

How is the fuel tank serviced?
Fuel tanks are designed to keep your engine's fuel clean, vented and secure. If you spot debris in the tank or leaking gasoline, it's time for fuel tank maintenance. Never attempt to repair a damaged tank. It poses a risk of leakage, fire or fuel contamination. If you're replacing a fuel tank, use only parts recommended by the engine manufacturer. These parts will attach securely to your engine in the space provided.

Many fuel tanks are designed to use a vented fuel cap to prevent a vacuum from forming in the fuel line. If fuel is leaking from the cap, a properly fitted replacement cap can solve the problem.

Removing And Cleaning The Tank

  1. Remove the spark plug lead and secure it away from the plug.

     

  2. Use a fuel line clamp or other smooth-faced clamp to seal the fuel line where it attaches to the carburetor. Then, disconnect the line from the carburetor, hold the line over a bucket or fuel can and release the clamp. Dispose of all fuel in a safe manner.

     

  3. Check with a flashlight for debris and beads of light that indicate holes or cracks. Use a baster to remove loose debris. If you find damage, replace the tank with original manufacturer's equipment.

     

  4. Inspect the fuel filter (see "Servicing the Fuel Filter") for debris or deposits.

     

  5. Reattach the fuel tank or install a new tank, fastening it firmly with the cap screws. This is a good opportunity to replace the fuel line and filter, using original manufacturer's equipment.





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