Posted by will (188.8.131.52) on May 02, 2004 at 17:49:13:
In Reply to: Water in the engine posted by Richard on 15:54:11 05/02/04:
I recently had a cstomer with water in the gas. I have an old hand crank, black and decker, pump that I use to change oil. I put a piece of copper tubing on the end of the hose and used the copper to reach the bottom of the tank. Half a gallon in a plastic milk carton quickly revealed water on the bottom of the jug. Water is heavier than fuel and goes to the bottom. My fuel fill is on the cockpit floor and it rains a lot here in the pacific northwet. I keep a good o-ring on it and a little grease to help it seal. A good water separating filter is a must. There is a drain plug on the bottom of the carb. If you have an electric fuel pump you can jump the oil pressure switch, drain plug out of the carb, to help get a small amout of water out of the system after you get it out of the tank. Don't make any sparks and don't spill any in the bilge. Jump the switch remotely to avoid sparks. This is not a way to drain the tank of water, just the carb and lines. Your drop tube for fuel pickup does not reach the bottom of the tank so you can have a lot of water before it is picked up, this is why you need a pump and an extension to reach the bottom of the tank.