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Old 02-06-2008, 04:49   #1
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Fuel and Water in Bilge. Where from?

We have a Carter 33. Just had a new plastic fuel tank and new hoses and pipes fitted. The Volvo engine was new when we bought her and has now done around 100 hours. At the same time the fuel tank was fitted we had a new Volvo seal, prop and propeller fitted. The hydraulics were also disconnected and re-done for the wheel steering.
We have a leak that was there before this work was done, we did think this would solve the problem, it hasn't.

Please any help would be greatly appreciated. We have checked all the normal places - exhaust, engine nothing. The smell of diesel is strong when we open the hatch in the cockpit through which we can see the prop etc. A handy addition by a previous owner?

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We had the same problem. Turned out it was a loose hose clip at the back of the fuel tank (breather hose). Check all the hose clips. diesel can slither out without much effort. Make sure the clips are all tight.
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Wink Tried that- thanks

Thanks for such a quick response. Unfortunately, we've done the hose tightening. We thought the yard may not have tightened them properly.
Thanks anyway.
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Hi
Just a suggestion,,
Do you have two clips on the hoses?
Diesel is a very fine fuel and it will leak easilly.
I put double clips on all the ends of my hoses and all my leaks stopped.
Just a suggestion.

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Old 02-06-2008, 08:33   #5
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Thanks Jim

Will look into that asap. Not sure whether they are double clipped or not. Will def try it if not.
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:00   #6
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I've never used it for fuel leaks, but I have had good results using a fluorescent dye additive to find oil leaks. Eg.:

Fluorescent Leak Detector Dye (Oil and Fuel Systems)


You will also need a UV lamp.
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Thanks

Thank you so much , will def order some of this.
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Should check return lines and tank sending unit as well as fuel vent.

Sometimes, vent hoses can clog with salt, wax, dirt or even bees/wasps.
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Thanks All
We have solved the problem.
The leak was coming from the secondary fuel tank. We had forgotten there was one.
Duh!!
Many thanks to all who tried to help.
Molly Sparrow - wife of Cap'n Jack
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