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Do any of you install a FUEL filter?

Was wondering if many of you install a filter in the fuel line.... On the more modern units?
I peeked in the tank today and saw a fair amount of fine debris.
I realize the older units would benefit from a filter which dont have the screen under the gas cap area
like the more modern units.
I do it on my bikes and lawn mowers.
so perhaps I may consider doing it when the opp comes around?
PS do any of you ever flush the gas tank?

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No . . . but I am thinking that I should. I am not sure what filtering gets done at the tank fitting or just before the carb bowl. When I looked at the fuel line on my Briggs 305cc it did not seem to have any in-line filter.

I would imagine that a filter would help avoid fuel issues. . . all of my boat engines have filters between the gas fitting and the carb bowl.

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these are gravity fed fuel systems, if using one make sure filter has a high flow rate or u might starve the motor. imo, waste of time, effort, and more troubleshooting if having carb issues. and wont stop ethanol or water issues.
u can try to filter it b4 putting it in by using a coffee filter

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I don't see adding one as a waste of time. In fact, if you buy a quality clear filter, it can actually become a diagnostic tool. Being able to see what is coming out of the tank or even if something is coming out of the tank can be a benefit. But you are absolutely correct that adding a filter that won't gravity feed reliably is a problem.

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If there's no filter at all, I would definitely install one. My current machine has a screen at the outlet from the gas tank, so I didn't add another filter.

Like vinnycom said, make sure you get a filter that is meant for gravity-fed carbs, not machines with fuel pumps. The gravity-fed-system filters use a looser mesh, so they let tiny things through, but they avoid creating too much of a flow restriction, which would starve the engine for fuel.

This Briggs filter is suitable for gravity-fed machines like blowers, part number 5018K:



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for motors in a dusty environment, yes.
for snowblowers, meh. make sure gas can and tank are clean(ish).
afaik, especially for the older snowblowers, manufactures for decades havent used them.
the biggest problem is people letting gas stay in their machines for long periods of time...and ethanol, now they got to remember to change fuel filter.
i find it odd that theres no air filter, but i understand why not.
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This funnel will also separate water .http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Funnel-AF3C...ds=fuel+funnel
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Gravity style filters are a very good and inexpensive insurance policy. I added a filler inlet screen and will add an inline filter too. Some machines like CC HD series are being built with metal fuel tanks. Unless you coat/seal them, they will most likely rust or corrode over time and you will have big reliability issues. Of course this will happen during a major storm. Better safe...
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Those little cheap red round ones, like what Briggs sells (previous photo), has the small screening, enough to let fuel flow in, yet keep debris out ...
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these are gravity fed fuel systems, if using one make sure filter has a high flow rate or u might starve the motor. imo, waste of time, effort, and more troubleshooting if having carb issues. and wont stop ethanol or water issues.
u can try to filter it b4 putting it in by using a coffee filter

I can attest to this notion due to first hand experience. My 89 Yamaha ys624 came with e sediment tube under the fuel petcock, unfortunately it was missing when I got the machine as the original owner broke it and had a shop replace it with just a fuel line. I installed a 90 degree fuel shut off valve and installed a fuel filter as well, after a few uses it was evident that there was fuel starvation as the machine would die after a few minutes of use, at first I thought it was a fuel vent problem but that was not the case, replaced the fuel filter with a straight fuel line and issue was resolved.

The YS828 that I have does have a filter though as that unit comes with a standard fuel pump and is not gravity fed.

picture of the YS624 with the filter.

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