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rbm posted 10-30-2006 01:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for rbm   Send Email to rbm  
I was fueling the 6 gal Mecury OEM tanks on my 150 sport yesterday. I noticed that the guages were stuck on empty.
any clues on how to the guages get stuck and how to "unstick them" ?
These tanks are less than 6 months old..
alfa posted 10-30-2006 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for alfa  Send Email to alfa     
These are cheap gauges.
Have a look at the way they are built...
Shake the tank.

Enjoy your Sport

Barney posted 10-30-2006 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Welcome to the world of worthless junk. My Yamaha 6 gallon tank gauge fell into the tank within the year. I pitched it. This stuff lasts as long as well...nothing much. I don't rely on any marine gas gauge. Sorry for the rant. There are many things that don't last very long (as long as they should) that are put in or on a boat. Jim
Barney posted 10-30-2006 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Can I have an Amen
frontier posted 10-30-2006 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Take it back where you bought it and allow them the opportunity to make it right. If that doesn't work, write to Mercury. These companies want and need to know about defective products.
dmeswi posted 10-30-2006 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for dmeswi  Send Email to dmeswi     
When I bought my new 130 Sport over one year ago, I also bought a spare 6 gallon tank. After a couple of refills both tanks continued to read "empty" even when full.

I took both tanks back to the dealer and found they were having a problem with the floats becoming saturated and therefore they would not float to the top when full.

They replaced the floats and both tanks have been working fine for the past year.


Speedo66 posted 10-31-2006 07:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
I know this advise won't help those who already own tanks, but if you are going to replace or buy new, I had good luck with Attwood tanks.

I had two 12 gal. tanks on my Menemsha and after taping the fittings, they did not leak or weep and best of all, they were translucent. The fuel level could be seen through the side of the tanks and no gauge was required.

A failsafe system that just took a glance for accurate fuel level determination. I don't understand why more manufacturers don't do it.


disneycaber posted 10-31-2006 08:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for disneycaber  Send Email to disneycaber     
We just put our 2004 150 Sport up for winter storage here in New Hampshire. For the third year in a row we told the service desk that once again one of the fuel tank gauges was not working.Two tanks have previously been fully replaced under warranty and I was told that this one would be also.
rbm posted 10-31-2006 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for rbm  Send Email to rbm     
Solved. The BW dealer has agreed to replace both defective tanks. If a root cause is found, I'll post the findings.
sosmerc posted 11-02-2006 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
Fuel tank sending units, whether mechanical or electric, have always been a gripe of mine...they rarely seem to work well, or last long or represent any degree of accuracy. Thank goodness for FloScan instruments and now, thank goodness for SmartCraft and the fuel flow data now available.
I put portable fuel tanks in the same category as trailer lights.....JUNK!
swist posted 11-03-2006 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
What sosmerc said. In an industry where it is rarely possible to pay too much for something, decent fuel gauges (of any type, permanent or portable) and trailer lights simply cannot be had. What's the "high end" for these things? $29.95 or something like that?
Boboe posted 11-08-2006 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Boboe  Send Email to Boboe     
Speaking of stuck guages:

My fuel guage always sticks on the level it was at when I turn the engine off.

I have a 45 gallon tank and if I drive it down to 1/8, when I go to fill it up it only takes 25 gallons meaning 20 left. Is this type of mis-reading common?

swist posted 11-09-2006 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
"I have a 45 gallon tank and if I drive it down to 1/8, when I go to fill it up it only takes 25 gallons meaning 20 left. Is this type of mis-reading common?"

Yes. All boaters need alternative methods of tracking their remaining fuel.

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