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Cleaning varnish out of gas tank #5230116 10/04/19 11:04 AM
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Just replaced the carburetor on a 6 hp lawn mower because it was filled with varnish from old gas. Plastic tank and adding a fuel filter. It's interesting that you can purchase a new carb with gaskets and fuel filters for $11 from China.

Re: Cleaning varnish out of gas tank [Re: Fitter30] #5230118 10/04/19 11:13 AM
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Berryman's B12 from WM for $3.12/can. Let it sit for a day or so then dump it and rinse with a little fresh gas. I add a little Berryman's to all of my OPE fuel.

Re: Cleaning varnish out of gas tank [Re: Fitter30] #5230236 10/04/19 02:00 PM
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Last year I bought a carb for my Murray Snowblower for $12.35 shipped from China. It looked like an exact match to what was on there. And ran like a top. I won't waste anymore time cleaning and old carb out , if a brand new one is so cheap.,,,

Re: Cleaning varnish out of gas tank [Re: Fitter30] #5230970 10/05/19 10:09 AM
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Thanks for the replies

Re: Cleaning varnish out of gas tank [Re: Fitter30] #5232603 10/07/19 04:52 AM
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lacquer thinner will clean out the gunk carb cleaner works too.


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