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    Went kingfishing sat. boat ran great 20 miles out,on the way in at wot eng would miss. found fuel bulb weak but not flat, had to pump bulb every 2-3 miles. anyway inspection sun am what looked like water in fuel filter drained to find a redish like algae when drained filter no water. stopped at west marine for a new raycor filter element. is there anything i can put in tank to clean it? Help
    Carolinafishin[br]1978 Mako 25 CC[br]twin 225 rudes[br]Carolinabeach, NC[br]

  • #2
    Are you sure it wasn't rust?
    Sarasota, Florida

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    • #3
      Funny you should talk about red gas. I just got my boat in the water this week and had not gone for a test ride yet, which was what I was going to do this morning. Motor would not stay running. Motor was not getting gas and being a fuel problem the first thing I changed was the Raycor which only had a few gallons through it - But as it turns out, the actual trouble was with the 2 new Tempo squeeze primer balls that I replaced this year. Believe it - both were bad and would not pass gas through the ball. Seemed to me that the valve inside the end of the balls were sticking closed. After the Raycor, I changed the squeez ball under the CC. Still would not pass enough gas to keep the motor running. I needed to change out the second one near the motor. All of this took about 5 hours to figure out today and 4 seperate trips into the river to test out the boat. Each time only to find that the motor was gas starved - and needed to pump up the ball to get back to the slip. Anyway, I did also notice the gas being red when I removed the balls and the Racore filter. Seemed to have a different smell also. I recently drained off about half the tank (to replace the gas tank level sensor) and put the gas into the cars and it ran OK. I probably need to get the tank filled and start using it. Has anyone else had problems with Tempo primer balls?? I have been using them for the last 25 years and never had a problem.

      Mike
      1973 22 CC Milford, CT USA[br]

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      • #4
        I had problems with a Tempo primer ball also. Finally bought a Quicksilver ball and the problem was solved. I had a lot of hours tied up trying to figure out what the problem was. Then, after I replaced the old ball with a Tempo, I still had the problem. I was stumped. Finally, I figure it had to be a bad ball and it was. I learned a good lesson then. REPLACE WITH ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT! My brother owns his own auto repair shop and he gives me hell when I go to a discount auto parts store for parts. He always tells me to go to NAPA and pay the few extra dollars for the BEST part. It's finally sinking in.
        Tony C.[br]S. Daytona, FL[br]Boatless...for now[br]

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        • #5
          Tempo ball's are nortoris for that.

          Never buy a Tempo ball. Buy the OEM for your motor.

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          • #6
            I usually do use the OEM stuff but I was in Boaters World back in Feb and knew that this was the year to change out all the primer balls so I bought them. Won't do that again. The ones that I bought that solved my problems were OMC parts but I figured on a Sunday afternoon Yamaha or OMC - there wasn't much difference (don't think the motor would care). Luckly while I was searching around last night I found my receit for the 3 balls and you bet that I am taking the 2 I have left back to Boaters World for a refund.

            Mike
            1973 22 CC Milford, CT USA[br]

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            • #7
              I had the same problem and was told by a local dealer that the new additives they put in fuel today actually break down a lot of rubber components, soften them up and make the check ball stick.
              [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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              • #8
                If that's happening to the check valves etc. inside a new primer ball designed for the "New Gas", I wonder what it's doing to the rubber type parts and products inside the motors??? I may remove my primer balls this winter and store them dry inside the house.

                Mike
                1973 22 CC Milford, CT USA[br]

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