Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: georgia's toe-nails of the foot hills
Re: Gas / float needle mystery.
It is possible the fuel, if there was some present, could have evaporated from a 'warm' engine, or stored in hot weather(sun shine on metal shed==high temps).
It is also possible the level was actually not measured correctly on the dipstick.
Sometimes 'drool' down the sides of the filler neck will appear on the dipstick throwing the measurement off, indicating higher levels than are true.
I have one setup that decided to drizzle most of a tank of fuel onto the garage floor. It got both a new needle & seat, AND a cutoff valve. I value my preservation such that I try to never forget to close the petcock upon shutdown. It's easy to remember to open it because the engine will not start until it is opened. Perhaps the fuel in the float bowl evaporates or is non-suctionable into the venturi until the petcock opens, but I must open it or the engine won't start.
The black/red B&S versions work, but seem to be priced as if the plastic was made from virgin Naugas, or similar. I guess worth it at the price they ask, though grudgingly.
Years ago I bought an ignition key, and have not taken it out of the lock cylinder in 20+ years. If I attached a dummy petcock to the keyring, it might remind me to use the petcock when I switched the engine to OFF. Or not.
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