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Water in fuel

Discussion in 'Boats' started by Garfield28, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Garfield28

    Garfield28 Member

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    G'day all,

    On Sunday I went out with my boys to drop the crab pots and throw out a line. Started off normal left the boat ramp, went past the 4 knots area and opened her up and she was doing the normal 60-65 kph and all was good. Stopped at an area to drop the pots and knocked her out of gear while I pinned some bait in the pot and dropped them both, then things didn't seem right.
    Started to creep off from the spot and pushed the throdle down and it was going but not fast, it was like it wasn't responding pretty much. Anyhow did this for about a 150 meters then just conked out. Tried to kick her over and she wouldn't start. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and it took a bit but she kicked over but there was plumes of smoke and it was running crook then conk out again. In the end I called marine rescue for a tow and got towed back to the boat ramp, and when I got home I was talking to a mate about it and he said sounded like dirty fuel or water in the fuel. He asked if I had a water separator which I said I do. He asked had I drained it, and me being a boating novice and dummy said I didn't even know that you had to. After I hung up I went up into the boat to suss out this water separator, and sure enoghe I loosen the little but underneath and there is heaps of water in it.

    I'm no expert and I know nothing much about outboards but I believe I have water in the fuel. My question and concern is, now that it has caused problems with the motor it obviously got in and I'm concerned now that my outboard is stuffed. Is this the case - or is there anutgany I can do to get it firing again?

    Thanks
    Geoff
     
  2. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    Firstly what type of outboard? 2st or 4st, ? Carby or furl injected. If its and old carby job it should just need a clean out. Either way mate take it to a dealer that specialises in your brand.
    Cheers Pete
     
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  3. Garfield28

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    Thanks for the reply mate, It's a @ stroke saltwater series 125.

    Yeah I took it to the mechanics this arvo.
     
  4. Madfisher

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    Let us know how you get on mate. Should just need a good clean out of carby and fuel lines. One tip never use E10 fuel as the alcohol attracts water.
    cheers Pete
     
  5. Garfield28

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    Yeah will do mate.

    I spoke with the mechanic this morning and told him I believe it was water in the fuel and he said he's gonna have to do the carby etc and also drain my tank.... and it is nearly full too :(
     
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  6. Madfisher

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    Lucky you have not got a fuel injected engine mate, you would be then up for thousands of dollars.
    good luck Pete
     
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  7. Garfield28

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    Mate that is all I need! Still haven't confirmed it yet with the mechanic that it is water in the fuel nor a price so fingers crossed.

    That same day though when I was 200 meters from home the diff slipped in my wife's car that was towing the boat. It's a KIA sorento and we cannot get the part for probably anything up to 16 weeks, and have been warned thousands of dollars to get done.
     
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  8. Madfisher

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    O dear, not good at all mate, is it still under warranty>?
     
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  9. Garfield28

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    Mate, as luck would have it, murphy's law it jun finished the 5 year factory warranty in the last few months.
     
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