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I gots me a hedge clipper that's probably 25 years old. HCR-1500. It always has these mysterious drips coming from the bottom of the gas tank. I replaced fuel lines, the gas cap, and the plug that goes into the fuel tank. Yet the leaks remain. Do these plastic gas tanks go bad?

Other Question: If I buy a new tank, does it come with the bigger plug with the holes for the fuel lines to go through? Trying to thread the fuel lines through the smaller plug is a major PITA. Thanks in advance.

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Gas tanks do deteriorate with age. Good luck finding a new one for such an old machine. When replacing the fuel line cut the end at a sharp angle, feed it through the hole and grab the end with a small hook. Cut it square and fit the filter.
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Also some lube on the line makes going thru that little hole a whole lot easier.
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Also some lube on the line makes going thru that little hole a whole lot easier.
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Gas tanks do deteriorate with age. Good luck finding a new one for such an old machine. When replacing the fuel line cut the end at a sharp angle, feed it through the hole and grab the end with a small hook. Cut it square and fit the filter.
Thanks, Roy. I had no idea that the particular type of plastic would deteriorate. Especially since it sits in the barn all the time.

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Gas tanks do deteriorate with age. Good luck finding a new one for such an old machine. When replacing the fuel line cut the end at a sharp angle, feed it through the hole and grab the end with a small hook. Cut it square and fit the filter.
Thanks, Roy. I had no idea that the particular type of plastic would deteriorate. Especially since it sits in the barn all the time.

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I learned that on my wedding night.
LOL I bet you won't have a lot of trouble squeezing that little hose in there then!

I have a few old plastic tanks around as old or older and they do not leak, but the fuel lines and grommets do now and then. The pain is having the right sized hose on hand. I find that there's several possibilities.
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My hardware store carries 9 rolls of the different sized small fuel lines. Even then he can not match all of them he tells me.

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[QUOTE=hotajax;12237759]I gots me a hedge clipper that's probably 25 years old. HCR-1500. It always has these mysterious drips coming from the bottom of the gas tank. I replaced fuel lines, the gas cap, and the plug that goes into the fuel tank. Yet the leaks remain. Do these plastic gas tanks go bad?

Other Question: If I buy a new tank, does it come with the bigger plug with the holes for the fuel lines to go through? Trying to thread the fuel lines through the smaller plug is a major PITA. Thanks in advance.[/

I went through the same issue with my 20+ year old secondhand Echo backpack blower. For the life of me I couldn't find the source of the leak anywhere until I removed the tank filled it with soapy water and pressurized it. Where the bracket held it to the frame was worn thin and the vibrations eventually caused spiderweb cracks in the brittle old plastic. So in my experience they definitely go bad. My replacement tank didn't come with a new rubber grommet that the fuel line(s) go through but they should only be a few bucks from Echo. the new tank was worth it for me, and if your machine runs good I think it would be in your case as well.

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Do these plastic gas tanks go bad?


Corn squeezins damage all kinds of stuff.

Couple of kits I got had a small diameter wire about 8-10" long with a small hook bent in one end. Fish it into the tank through the filler neck and through the small hole, then into the hose/tube. Pull it back through the filler neck and it pulls the line through the hole. Helps to hold the line taught so it stretches a bit reducing the diameter. When it relaxes, it goes back to normal diameter and seals the hole
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