water in gas tank

Discussion in 'Gas Engines' started by astull, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. astull
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    astull astull

    went to use my boat today and to my own stupidity after mixing the oil in i forgot to put the gas cap back on when i backed the boat in i got water in the tank. Before realizing i did this i tried to start the boat what do i need to too to get the water out of the system.the boat is an 87 bayliner with a 85 hp force outboard.
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    You are going to have to empty the tank to start with. If it is a portable tank the job should not be too bad. Also, take the connection off from the end of the fuel line to flush the bad fuel off. The carburetor has a drain screw on the bottom.
     
  3. astull
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    astull astull

    thank you for your reply tank is not removeable i believe i got all the gas out of the tank today is there anything i should add to the tank before adding new gas too it
     
  4. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    If the gas in your area has ethanol in it, that should absorb any small amounts of water left.
     
  5. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Go down to the local auto parts store and get some "dry gas". It's a fuel additive that will clean things up fairly well. Ethanol fuels will eventually too, but Dry Gas gets it done now.
     

  6. astull
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    astull astull

    Thanks for all the help this was a good lesson not to do it again what a pain in the but i can see why marine mechanics make good money
     
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