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Old 06-08-2015, 03:18 PM   #1
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A littleDirt in gas


I filled my mower with gas and hurried to mow.

Its dry here and I stir up clouds of dust in some areas. After mowing I noticed the gas cap was hanging down cause I forgot to put it on.

There was dirt in the neck of the gas tank which I wiped out with a paper towel. Then I added a little Seafoam.

Is this likely to be a problem?
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Not going to do it any good, but I would not waste time worrying about it.
Sea Foam is great stuff but not going to do a thing with soild grit.
I have filters all all my mowers to catch solids before they become a problum.
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Old 06-08-2015, 06:23 PM   #3
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Joe, what kind of filters? Do you mean over the hole for the gas? Where did you get it?


I noticed, in my car, where the windshield fluid goes theres a little screen and I thought that was a good idea.

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Search for "small engine fuel filter". This is what Joe meant.

Larger engines are usually equipped with an in-line filter. Smaller and more compact engines might have one inside the fuel tank on the supply line.

If you install an in-line filter make sure you get the right type. There are filters that only perform with a fuel pump and will not work with the engine's suction or gravity.
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Nanuk, is the gas opening the same size on each brand of mower or engine?

I have a Toro.
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By gas opening, do you mean the size of the fuel line?
There are after market filters with ends that fit both the 1/4 and 5/16 lines.

Again, make sure the filter you buy is not designed for engines with a fuel pump unless your Toro is a tractor (in that case a filter is already present). Also note that fuel filters have a flow indicator as they only work one way (designated inlet/outlet). Amazon has a good collection with user reviews that answer most questions. Before anything, however, check whether there is room for adding an in-line filter.
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Nanuk,

Yes, when I take the gas cap off I called the hole where I pour gas the 'opening'. Its about 2" in diameter.

Its a push mower, self propelled.
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The tank cap is not where the fuel filter goes. The filter is placed in the fuel supply line (from the tank to the engine), meaning you cut the tubing at a convenient location and insert the filter.
Search "in line fuel filter" in YouTube. The second video is about installing this kind of filter on a generator.
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Thanks.
That is something I couldn't do but I'll ask next time I take the mower to the shop.
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