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Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician
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Experience:  40 yrs. experience with complete engine repairs both inboard/outboard and MerCruiser Certified Technician.
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Float stuck in the open position, causing fuel to leak from

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Float stuck in the open position, causing fuel to leak from vast. Fuel system was gone through in the fall, and it was fine till after fuel pump was replaced.
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Customer: Was leaking fuel last year but not as much and from a different place. Was repaired in fall and was find. After winter wouldn't start. Fuel pump was replaced and it ran but then was leaking fuel from bottom of vast. Float was stuck open. Was running fine but fuel was leaking out considerably. Had the vst opened up and they said there was debris particles in reservoir. Flushed it out and it it worked good with no leaking. Only drove boat a short distance and parked it it sat for 1 week and when I stared it, it was leaking again.
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Customer: Don't think so. Running rec fuel in it because they said that's what caused the problem to start with. The ethanol in the regular fuel.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Hello. My name is Tan.

The debris is causing the issues. Some times the debris comes from the fuel lines deteriorating. The other cause could be contaminated fuel. The debris that was cleaned out of the VST was it black particles?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
but all fuel related parts,lines, seals, prints etc. we're all replaced in the fall. Supposedly fuel from supplier was tested and found clean.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

If it was all cleaned where is the debris coming from? Have you opened the VST tank up yet and checked for debris again? Was the inlet needle replaced or just cleaned?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They just cleaned it.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It hasn't been taken off again.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Maybe I don't understand what is your question?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How to correct the problem from happening again.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

What did they find when they cleaned the VST before. We have to know what the contaminate was to stop the problem from happening again. If it is still leaking then they didn't clean the system as good as they should have. The contamination is coming from somewhere and we have to know what it is to stop it.

The contamination can only come from deteriorating fuel components or fuel. Get fuel from somewhere else and replace all deteriorating fuel components. That is how you stop it from happening again.

Does this make sense?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can any debris get pass the fuel filter. All parts were replaced. Could debris have gotten in when changing fuel filter?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Excuse me. When they changed fuel pump.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Yes the fuel pump can leave debris. The fuel filter will catch allot of debris but not all. To get more of the debris you would have to go with a smaller micron filter.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can you let fuel pump from from the pump before it gets to vst to flush out any other debris?
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Disconnect the fuel line from the top of VST. Direct hose into a container and squeeze the primer bulb. Then you can look in the container for debris.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you think there is any reason I can't do this myself. I'm fairly competent and I don't want to have them take the boat out of the water. But I do want to remedy this situation quickly. Mechanically I've had some some experience working on motors.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

This is pretty simple. Just locate the fuel line coming from the fuel pump on the engine then follow to the VST. Disconnect from VST. Get a clear container direct fuel line into the container and squeeze the primer bulb till you get a good amount of fuel. Then inspect the fuel for debris. If clean reattach the fuel line to VST. If dirty dump container and try again do this till fuel is clean. If the fuel continues to get contaminants then we need to find the culprit of the contamination.

Post back with your findings.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Your welcome....................Please don't forget to positively rate my help as that is the only way I get credit for helping you.

Follow up questions are always welcome even after you have rated.

THank you..........Tan