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This is what happens when you don't change your fuel lines


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#1 scrutch

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Posted November 19 2010 - 06:36 PM

1999 OEM Mercury fuel line. Lines are getting changed (obviously).

I split the line with a knife and separated it with a toothpic.

Question is: Are there any fuel lines that I can replace this with that won't do this?


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Posted November 19 2010 - 07:17 PM

Yes, EBM line. :D


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Posted November 19 2010 - 07:40 PM

Interesting, I have a short piece of new merc line and I can see the plastic liner inside it too.  It just isn't separated yet.  Is that from ethanol or what?  You'd think they would learn from this and make something that works.

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Posted November 19 2010 - 07:42 PM

Do I sense bias against Mercury products? I have had the same Mercury fuel lines on my boat for sixty-eight years and have never experienced a problem.  Would I lie?  :D

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Posted November 19 2010 - 07:53 PM

I had the same problem with the lines on my Johnson 30 horse. Truth is this can happen with nearly any fuel line, just depends on the conditions they've been exposed to over the years.

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Posted November 19 2010 - 07:54 PM

Does your boat run on vegetable oil Mike? 

Is it Merc?

Is it age?

Is it ethanol?

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Posted November 19 2010 - 08:22 PM

It is ethanol that caused that if you go to your auto  parts store and ask for the ethanol resistance fuel line they should have it   

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Posted November 20 2010 - 02:13 PM

Yes, EBM line. :D


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Posted November 21 2010 - 11:58 AM

Ha ha!  Good one Scott!  Naw, the problem we had also knocked out 7 Mercs and 2 other Yammi's at the same time in our area --> Ethanol.  I suspect the same issue is at play here, but I'm no mechanic, so I'm just speculating.
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Posted November 21 2010 - 01:32 PM

Ha ha! Good one Scott! Naw, the problem we had also knocked out 7 Mercs and 2 other Yammi's at the same time in our area --> Ethanol. I suspect the same issue is at play here, but I'm no mechanic, so I'm just speculating.



Uh Glenn,  whaddya mean "knocked out"? 

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Posted November 22 2010 - 01:31 PM

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Posted November 22 2010 - 04:15 PM

I have been reading about this lately. It is the ethanol. If you use a mercury fuel line get the gray line with red lettering on it. It seems there is a lot more ethanol than there used to be.

Here is a good thread about it.

http://www.bbcboards...imer-bulb-first
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Posted November 23 2010 - 06:57 PM

I have been reading about this lately. It is the ethanol. If you use a mercury fuel line get the gray line with red lettering on it. It seems there is a lot more ethanol than there used to be.

Here is a good thread about it.

http://www.bbcboards...imer-bulb-first



Been there, read that.  Excellent thread on this subject.  Thanks Yankee. 

Incidentally, the "expert" on that thread is a guy named Don Weed.  He's from European Marine in Greenville, SC.  He is awesome on all things Mercury.  He has helped me out several times and he's been right on the money every time.

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Posted November 23 2010 - 08:58 PM

I have heard nothing but good things about Don. He has a great reputation. I don't know how many will take his advice but, I can assure you that I am changing my lines from the tank back.
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Posted April 11 2012 - 04:55 PM

1999 OEM Mercury fuel line. Lines are getting changed (obviously).

I split the line with a knife and separated it with a toothpic.

Question is: Are there any fuel lines that I can replace this with that won't do this?


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I know this is an old thread, but I just encountered the problem, and, just found this thread.

This is the same thing I found in my 2003 Mercury 150 EFI. I thought I was seeing bits of varnish in the fuel system, but it turned out to be plastic :(

Richard at Mare Inc. in Thurmont, Md. explained it all to me today after I just happened to mention seeing varnish in the fuel line.

And this afternoon I check my email and find BoatUS is reporting on April 2, 2012 EPA has taken the next step to putting E15 on the street :(

I've got a 2003 Ranger 185VS, am I looking at changing out my plastic fuel tank, and black rubber fuel lines as well??????




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