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Any Ideas Of What's Happening To My Fuel ?

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Posted August 17, 2012 - 05:25 PM

I wish all fuel tanks had a low spot, or "sump" for the water & alky to settle into, along with a petcock to allow easy draining of the stuff! Having the fuel valve in the bottom of the "main floor" of the tank, above this sump.

Yeah, that would be a good idea.

I know that light aircraft all have a setup like that.

Back when I owned a Cessna 140, part of the preflight inspection included opening each petcock (it had a tank in each wing) and draining a bit of fuel to check for water.

The other 'cardinal rule' was that you always fueled up AFTER each flight to minimize condensation.

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Posted August 17, 2012 - 06:42 PM

That's the good thing about the older engines with a glass bowl filter/water trap. At a glance you could see water in the bowl.

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Posted August 17, 2012 - 06:56 PM

I had a McCulloch generator from the 70's with a 7hp Briggs that had one of those glass bowls on it. Not only could you see the water or other debris you could deal with it in a couple of minutes. It seems fuel related issues are one of the most common sources of problems seen here.