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A very large percentage of our “won’t run” work is traceable to water in the fuel system. An even larger percentage of customer return work is “Water Again” as we solve “won’t run” issues. As the Federal Law imposes more on manufacturer’s the impact of unwanted water gets worse. Neither of us are winning this war on water. So we are going on the offensive! We are mounting an assault, and want your help.
You would think in the dry years, with little rain, that the problem would not be so bad – far from true, just set a glass of ice water on your best furniture! Condensation occurs in the carburetor, in the equipment gas tank, in your gas can, the gas station’s in ground tanks, the delivery truck, and in the fuel depot storage tanks every single day of the year. All of this quantity gets fed to engines thru a very small orifice. So small is this orifice that gas will go thru it but just 1/10th of a drop of water will not. So the fuel gets stopped at a water plugged orifice. Sometimes, when you have a glitch and fiddle with it long enough, you get lucky and force the “water cork” thru the orifice and the problem goes away for a bit. Other times, while running, during this more dynamic state, versus pulling a cord or cranking with electric start, the engine cough’s a bit as it swallows the water, and begins to get some real “food”, and the engine begins to run again.
Some fuel filter’s stop the water and may even for a while let gas get thru. This is the ideal situation, and as life would have it, is not the commonly found result. Usually some water gets thru fuel filters eventually. Bowl type carburetor’s have a water trap that helps delay the “water cork”.
When we find water, (or nothing, because it’s now gone), we assume water is everywhere in the fuel system. We drain, flush, replace, inspect, etc every part of the system of all water with only two exceptions – The equipment tank and your source of gas. Although the equipment tank does not always get removed and or drained and cleaned, we do get 99.9% of the water out, and then treat it with Isopropyl Dry Gas or better yet We Use and recommend and Carry B&S Advanced Formula to allow the remaining water to pass thru as modified fuel. All too often people take home a repaired unit and “fill-her-up” with contaminated fuel, only to become frustrated soon after. That frustration also gets passed on to us. In the old days, Gasoline had more dry gas in it. Vehicles today will usually pass the water without notice due to higher pressures. So we need to add Isopropyl dry gas regularly to small engine fuel systems. Fuel caps may be a large source of water ingress from rain. I wish I knew how to eliminate the problem from reoccurring.
Incidentally, just about all the above is true of dirt,
although it does not condensate, it does grow by way of deposit and fuel based
mold. Fix even these problems often by using B&S Advanced Formula which we carry -
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