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Fuel hose routing

The fuel hoses became brittle and broke off. I need to know if the tank outlet hose should go to primer inlet or carb inlet.Your help is appreciated!!

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  • marquis28 Sep 25, 2008

    good luck....I have the same problem after hurricane Ike

  • JCarr35392 Sep 29, 2008

    The fuel lines broke off. I ordered new ones but do not know how to put it back together. ALso, a new primer bulb. I have lost the owner's manual. Please help!

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I would expect the hose to go:
fuel tank -> primer pump -> carburettor -> (overflow) fuel tank.

Good luck, they tend to be very fiddly.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

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