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specktrout posted 06-30-2002 05:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for specktrout   Send Email to specktrout  
Went out fishing today and got to the end of the marina before the engine quit. I recently installed asee through fuel filter so the problem was real obvious- The gas line was almost compltely full of water. We had a particularly bad storm in my area several days ago and the boat didn't have the cover on so i figure the water somehow got in through the gas cap venting. I was able to siphon off about a gallon of fuel into an extra tank and it appeared the water was almost all gone at that point. I was able to get the engine to run (roughly) and get in on the trailer. Once I got home I added some starbright water absorber to the gas tank and again siphoned some fuel into a glass jar- it did not appear to have any more water globules. I ran some engine tuner through the motor to try to prevent any serious carbon build-up. My question is- Do you think it is safe to run the rest of the gas through the engine. There is about 20 gallons left and although I would prefer to just drain the tank and get rid of it, I have no idea where to dispose of it locally. The engine is running great in the back-yard. Do you think it would harm the engine to take the boat out tomorrow and run the rest of the fuel out? I would of course bring a second tank with brand new gas in case it stops again. Afterwards, I planned on re-running engine tuner and carb-cleaner through it.
PFSQUAN posted 07-01-2002 08:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for PFSQUAN  Send Email to PFSQUAN     
Sounds like you removed most of the water. I would definitely run the boat to remove a few more gallons of gas, then take a peek inside and look at the fuel at the bottom. Usually you can spot the water beads so if none are present you should be safe. Just top off the tank and you are ready to go.

Most important, try to ascertain how the water got into the tank and remedy that situation.

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