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Speedo66 posted 08-16-2006 01:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for Speedo66   Send Email to Speedo66  
The factory Mercury fuel hose connector that attaches to the factory portable fuel tanks is difficult to get on or off the tanks on my '04 150 Sport. I'm required to get down under the seat and play around with it to make it work. My last few boats the connection occurred easily.

Any recommendations on how to loosen it up? Can it be lubed in some way (although I'm thinking the gas would act as a solvent)?

I have this daydream of not being able to change tanks quickly in a risky situation, like while running the East River in NYC (which I did Sun.). ;>)

Steve

jimmy c posted 08-16-2006 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
Steve check to see if anything is rustiing from E10 fuel.
We had the old type Merc bayont RUST and stick...seams the pin was plain steel and rusted causing it to stick. i changed it to the newer type ,also changed the fuel line and bulb ( 1994) I cut open the bulb and found black gunk inside...seams the E10 is cleaning the fuel system.
vink posted 08-16-2006 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for vink  Send Email to vink     
I have the same problem. There is no rust at the connetion.
I hope that someone else that has had this problem offers a solution.
bsmotril posted 08-16-2006 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Could be the O'rings in the fittings are swollen up from old age, or dried out and cracked, causing the fitting to bind. Something as simple as lubing them with weather strip lube, or replacing them, might fix it up good as new.
Speedo66 posted 08-17-2006 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
Thanks for the answers. The fittings are relatively new ('04) and there is no apparant rust.

I'll try some silicon lubricant this weekend and see if that helps.

Steve

jimmy c posted 08-17-2006 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
SDteve I have a Montauk which I installed a 3 way fuel valve under the RPS....one fuel line to each tank and one main....all you have to do is to reach under the seat and turn the valve to change tanks when under way....this might be the the way to go for you.
Speedo66 posted 08-18-2006 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
Jimmy, I like that idea. That would definately solve my problem, and releave a little angst. ;>)

Thanks!

Steve

BlackMax posted 08-18-2006 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for BlackMax    
Any kind of oil lubricant is all you need.

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