Gas tank leaks

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Old 06-16-13, 03:34 PM
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Gas tank leaks

Hi everyone, I have a Sears power washer powered by a Briggs 4.5HP gas motor. I hadn't operated it for the past 7 or 8 years but I need it now. Yesterday I took from the spot where it was stored, checked the oil and gas tank. The oil was full but the gas tank was empty. I figured, what the heck, I'll put some gas in it and see what happens. Well, as soon as put some in, I noticed the fuel line was full of cracks and leaking like a sun of a gun. And, I also noticed that there was gas coming from the gas tank somewhere. But, I tried to start it anyway. It fired right up on the second pull. Surprised the heck out of me. However, I need a way of fixing the gas tank. The leak is at the seam where the 2 pieces come together. Does anyone know what I can use to apply to the seam to plug the leak that can handle gasoline? The gas line I can get anywhere. Thanks, Roger
 
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Buy a new tank.
By the time you paid someone to clean and braze it you could have bought a new tank.
 
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Joe is giving a suggestion for a metal tank... I assumed it is a plastic tank. Since you didn't give a model to look it up... which is it? Plastic or metal?
 
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It's plastic. They are bad about leaking at the seams and it requires tank replacement. You'll never get it to stop by trying to fix it.
 
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Sorry. I should have included that it is a plastic tank and I was afraid the only solution to the leak is replacement of it. I'll go to Sears parts direct and see what kind of money they want for a plastic tank.

Thanks for the replies, everyone. I appreciate you taking the time to answer.

Roger
 
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Old 06-17-13, 05:56 AM
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You might also try e-bay,,,,just use your part number and the words "Gas Tank" and you'll find a lot of them on there. Good Luck
 
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Get the model and serial # off of the engine not the mower. You'll find the part a whole lot cheaper not buying it from parts direct.
 
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It's hard to believe they want nearly $40.00 for a plastic fuel tank and fuel cap. Perhaps you folks can find it cheaper somewhere?

Sears 4.5HP Briggs & Stratton engine.
Model of Pressure washer is: 580761010

Thanks again for our help and suggestions.

Roger
 
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Model number off engine will be the big helper here or if you have the part number. Type in Briggs and Stratton Gas tank on e-bay and it will bring it up. Model number on engine will be on recoil housing on a little tap of metal just above muffler, if memory servers me correct.
 
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Old 06-17-13, 11:01 AM
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Part number 699374 and there are a TON of these on e-bay, here's a link to one under $25.00.
Briggs Stratton Gas Fuel Tank Lawn Mower Lawnmower Pressure Washer 699374 | eBay

Good luck,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I hope the post will stay, just help the guy out.
 
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