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Old 05 June 2008, 15:01   #1
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fuel primer bulb replacement

hi all, how many squeezes does a proper functioning fuel primer bulb need? think I need a replacement as mine took 5 or so today & still didnīt feel hard, started though & fine thereafter.

Whilst I do this Iīll replace the filter & water separator as I read here its an annual job or its a faf to get off. Do I just need a suction type pump (looks like a small bike pump) to suck the fuel through post fitting?

Was it just the Tempo brand I have to avoid?

Sorry a few questions, appreciate any advice.

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Old 05 June 2008, 15:34   #2
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How many times to make it go hard........

You should be ok if the bulb is not cracked or damage in anyway........

Depends on the lenght of fuel line from the tank, and when you last used the boat.

If in doubt replace it as you could break down and not get fuel to the tank, there not too expensive, and its a bit akward to get stranded...........

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You should be ok if the bulb is not cracked or damage in anyway........

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Not so. It can look perfect and still fail. Just happened to me.
Rest of post is good advice.
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thanks all & much appreciated. My thoughts entirely a new 5e bulb can be the difference between being stranded & getting home safely.

Weekend now sorted!

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Check that the vent on the fuel tank was open as my did the same untill the vent was opened

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Always, always, always, carry a complete spare fuel line with you as well.
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thanks all & much appreciated. My thoughts entirely a new 5e bulb can be the difference between being stranded & getting home safely.

Weekend now sorted!

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Agree with Prairie. Have save me once...

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The concept is good, and great advice for most, but...

I have an underdeck fuel tank, and the only place the fuel line is accessible is at the filter (I repplaced the mounting bracket, and it's just barely accessible there, from experience) and the jump between the transom and the outboard. A spare fuel line would be a waste of space, as I doubt I could replace it on my own sitting on the trailer with my garage tools handy.

Definitely avoid Tempo, unless you can do a thorough check of the part before purchase. The Tempo bulb I bought wouldn't even pump air, much less fuel (squeeze the bulb, and that was it until it decided to reinflate an hour later.) In addition, every fitting that had been designed for my tank and motor had to be slightly modified to fit, lock, or not leak.

A fuel bulb that doesn't stiffen up can be caused by a few things: a leak past the bulb (motor side), incomplete sealing on the intake of the bulb, just to name two.

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