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Stuck Fuel Level Guage on Gas Tank
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posted 10-30-2006 01:14 PM ET (US)
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..
posted 10-30-2006 02:06 PM ET (US)
These are cheap gauges.
Have a look at the way they are built...
Shake the tank.
Enjoy your Sport
posted 10-30-2006 07:47 PM ET (US)
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
posted 10-30-2006 07:49 PM ET (US)
Can I have an Amen
posted 10-30-2006 08:18 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 10-30-2006 09:42 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 10-31-2006 07:33 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 10-31-2006 08:05 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 10-31-2006 12:58 PM ET (US)
Solved. The BW dealer has agreed to replace both defective tanks. If a root cause is found, I'll post the findings.
posted 11-02-2006 11:51 PM ET (US)
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!
posted 11-03-2006 07:23 AM ET (US)
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?
posted 11-08-2006 12:56 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 11-09-2006 12:41 PM ET (US)
"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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