Mercury Quiksilver Fuel Tank Pickups
Hi all, I have two 22 litre Plastic Gasoline tanks as the main fuel storage for the Avon SR5dt4.
These are genuine Mercury/Quicksilver tanks, maybe 5 years old, red in colour, plastic handle across the top. The quick connect fitting is molded into a plastic fitting which has 4 screws holding it to the tank and a clear plastic level indicator (small yellow indicator within the window).
I recently thought to remove the plastic pickup-gauge fitting, to check the tank for any debris/sludge/bacteria etc.
I was pretty surprised to find that the internal plastic pickup pipe had fallen into the bottom of the tank 1. The pickup fell off with a tiny amount of hand pressure on tank 2, plus the plastic pickup tube was severely kinked. There is no apparent clamping method to attach the pickup tube to the plastic assembly.
I mananged to get one new replacement pickup-gauge assembly via a Barrus reseller (French Marine Motors -very helpful), the other is on back order. Note also that the pickup assemblies do not come with a replacement rubber gasket and this is very likely to tear when removing/replacing the pickup assembly.
Obviously any of these faults will cause the engine to suck vapour and not fuel. Anyone with these tanks, beware!