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Old 04-08-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Fuel Selection

Hi: The port fuel tank in my 1979 40 Marine Trader is not drawing fuel properly. ...I have about 200 gals in port and 50 in starboard tank. I shut the valve on the starboard tank to equalize fuel in tanks and both engines gradually started to lose RPM after about 5-8 minutes. I'm thinking maybe the fuel line or vent is partially blocked. Any ideas???

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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Undue the gas cap if the problem still exists its not the vent. Many tanks have a valve at the tank to open/close, make sure the valve is open. I draw from only one tank at a time the other two are closed.

When is the last time you changed filters? Do you have primary filters like Raco. If you have Racor you can install a vacuum gauge that screws into the top that will tell you if filters need to be changed.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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I did check the valves...The valves on the port tank turn several times lock-to-lock but the valve on starboard tank is different and designed to turn 1/2 turn open/close... I'll check the filters today...a likely culprit indeed!
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Yes, a clogged fuel tank vent is a very likely cause of the symptoms you describe.

You can't draw fuel out of the tank unless air can get in to replace it.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:32 PM   #5
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I did check the valves...The valves on the port tank turn several times lock-to-lock but the valve on starboard tank is different and designed to turn 1/2 turn open/close... I'll check the filters today...a likely culprit indeed!
It might be the valve is the problem? Might just turn 1/2 turn like the other one does.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:14 PM   #6
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The stbd tank sounds like it has a ball valve on it. The port tank sounds like it has a gate or globe valve on it. It is possible for the gates or discs to fall off the stem and cause the valve not to open.

Just a thought.
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