I think I have something in my fuel tank
that is clogging the fuel
intake on my Perkins
. I was out on the boat this morning running about 2000 rpm
. The motor
was purring along just fine. I ran it for about 15 minutes at 2000 rpm
until I cleared the channel. I then pushed it to a little above 3000 rpm. After a minute or so at the higher rpm, the motor
died....no sputtering, it just quit like I had pulled the shut off valve. The motor restated just fine and continued to run flawlessly at 2000 rpm or lower.
This is the second time the motor has quit on me unexpectedly.
What I believe is happening is that there is something in the fuel tank
that got sucked up into the fuel
intake when the motor started pumping more fuel at 3000rpm, starving the motor. When the motor died, the debris fell back to the bottom of the tank.
What I'm thinking of doing is to run most of the fuel out of the tank (I have about 8 gallons or so left in the tank) then unscrew the fuel pickup tube and remove it. My idea is to get another pump, maybe a hand held or a cheap bilge pump
, attach a long flexible tube to it, and start pumping out the bottom of the tank. I'll pump the remaining fuel into a portable tank but with a strainer of some sort to catch any debris. Hopefully, whatever is clogging my fuel line will either get sucked up by the pump, or get wedged in the intake of the tube and I can simply pull the tube out with the debris on the end.
Does this make sense to you guys? I'm looking for the easiest way to clean out the tank without removing it from the boat.