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The Trouble with Non-OEM Fuel Lines

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The Trouble with Non-OEM Fuel Lines

Mercury Outboard w fuel line

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We receive many phone calls about boat motors not running properly. If time allows, we may make a few suggestions over the phone.  Troubleshooting boat problems up front on your own may save you time and money if you choose to handle some basic tips.

So, when discussing the poor performance complaints, common symptoms include:

-Motor will not start
-The engine runs fine for a while, but then shuts down and will not restart
-Loosing power periodically and then when running on plane

Mercury Outboard w fuel line

When hearing of these symptoms, we suggest checking for fuel leaks, reviewing all fittings and connectors for leaks and testing the fuel bulb.  We also ask if the fuel lines have been replaced and if so, what brand has been installed? When the answer is the fuel lines have been replaced by lines purchased at a large discount store, we usually suggest purchasing OEM fuel lines and installing them with new fittings.  The life of non-oem fuel lines is very short since they are manufactured with inferior materials to save money.  The quick deterioration of the generic lines can cause boaters more problems than the money saved up front.  Frequent replacing of lines and time lost on the water is far more costly than simply purchasing the OEM lines from the get go.  If fuel lines have never been replaced, they still may need to be changed out with new OEM lines to insure fuel can reach the motor with ease.

Need new OEM fuel lines and fuel related accessories? We can help.  Our online parts store allows you to select your motor and review the engine diagrams on the screen.  Simply place items from the microfiche drawings in your shopping cart & check out.  We usually ship orders the same day so you receive your order quickly.  Additionally, readers of our blog can enjoy $10 off orders of $50 or more by entering 10save10 coupon code at checkout.

To recap- fuel related problems can sometimes be self diagnosed and fixed at home.  We recommend using OEM parts especially with your fuel lines and connectors.  We are also happy to do the work for you, please call or bring your boat in for Kansas City boat service.  There is nothing better than a fun day out on the water with friends and family.  We take pride in quality workmanship and will get your motor running in top shape.