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Old 08 July 2020, 05:29   #1
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Help! Petrol not drained before transport...

Hi, tucked away my new Suzuki DF6AS and went to bed last night... then reading the manual last night realised that the fuel had definitely not been drained from the carb and filter lines before it was put in my car... there was no fuel in the tank, an external was used. It’s journey has been:

- Initial commissioning run in tank at the dealer

- 1 hour journey in the car laying on its tiller arm (the smell was strong... did it leak here?)

- a few hours sat on the back of the inflated boat in garden

- overnight on its tiller arm side

- 3 hour car journey laying on its tiller arm side (no smell...)

- now tucked away since last night again on its tiller arm

I know the answer is “go and look at it!” But for geographical reasons that isn’t possible. Next time I’ll be with it is Thursday evening.

Do I need to be worried? Or is what’s done is done and if so, what should I look for when I get to it next?

Thanks all...!!
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Old 08 July 2020, 06:20   #2
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Don’t really understand what the problem is, the worst case is the petrol runs out of the carb and line and evaporates. If that you only problem you have no problems.
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Old 08 July 2020, 06:36   #3
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Help! Petrol not drained before transport...

If that’s so, then great - the warning in the owners manual makes it sound like the engine will dissolve itself and explode... so perhaps I can just calm down!
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Old 08 July 2020, 07:10   #4
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It's all fine in my experience... I never drain carbs and as long as you lay down as advised it'll be OK.
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Ok phew. I won’t judge my recently reviewed dealer then! Thanks for the reassurance folks.
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Anything spilled will evaporate as mentioned above. Reconnect the fuel line, pump the bulb, and fire it back up.

Often outboards have a specific side they are supposed to be stored on.
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We’ve got a Suzuki Df2.5 for a sib tender and we never drain the carb for a journey or for a short period. As long as it’s laid down handle side down it is fine. We have previously transported it on a 12hr journey lying down in the boot with a nearly full tank but with the vent screw tightened down just due to really bad weather while taking the engine off and loading the car. Otherwise we’d empty the fuel tank into a fuel container. At the end of the journey, the following day we’ve taken it out of the boot, clamped it to the wheely flushing bin, started it on first pull and left it running for ten minutes. There has never been a problem. Just make sure you don’t store it for any length of time with fuel in, otherwise the fuel goes off unless you’ve added fuel stabiliser.
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