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    Filling with gas - spilling/overflowing - how to prevent?

    I recently purchased a 2002 FX140 and am having problems filling it with gas at the gas pump. It flows in fine for a couple seconds and then backs up and starts coming out like its overflowing. I've tried reducing the flow rate of the pump by only pressing in the handle a little but it still ends up backing up. Is there any secret to doing this? Not a problem with my Seadoo. I've not tried filling from a can yet.

    I've tried two separate pumps. One at a gas station and one at a marina.

    Sorry seems like a stupid question but this is frustrating. I don't like spilling gas into the lake. I also want to fill it quicker. Pump a couple seconds wait a couple seconds and repeat gets old quick. Lots of power toys in my life but I've never seen this before.

    Thanks!


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    powerstroke specialist mikegp's Avatar
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    you're not alone , just do it slowly .


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    It has to do with the design of the filler neck, kawi redesigned it for majority of there skis in 2004, so air can excape while tank filled. Best advise that can be given is to go slow or unhook the ski from the trailer and tilt the nose up and fill

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    If it's anything like my 2013 FZS. First remove the top three plastic rivets from the rear panel in the storage compartment. Now when it's time to fill the tank,open storage compartment, pull the panel forward. You now can see the fuel in the tank. When the fuel level is about 3/4"-1" away from the neck on the tank slow down and watch for fuel next to the nozzle. If you follow my instructions and pay attention you won't spill a drop.

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    Mikefzr replaced that white storage panel with a clear one.

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    I thought about that,just worried about glare off the plexy

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    I find it helps if I don't put the nozzle all the way in and go slow.

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    If you get in the habit of putting your ski on the trailer a little tilted to the right, so that the cap is up a little higher, you'll get more fuel in there and also do it quicker.

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    Thanks for the input. During the summer I keep the 'skis on lifts in the lake. I either go to a marina to fill up (on the water) or haul cans of gas and fill it up on the lift. I have a feeling filling from cans would go better as their flow rate is so much lower than a gas pump. Its just a hassle to go get gas from the gas station (a little bit of a drive) and carry it from my car to the ski.

    Its not a matter of the tank being full. It over flows, when filling, when the tank is low also. It must be a function of the short distance from the fill opening to the tank?

    So, bottom line, no fix for this problem besides filling very slowly.

    Thanks again!

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    My ski's don't seem to have any issues, but the vent in my boat is small and the fuel entering the tank exceeds what air the vent can push out so it constantly burps gas back out. I've found that if I only put the nozzle into the fuel hole a few inches, and then keep the flow down a bit, it can push air back out the inlet hole as well as the vent and seems to keep up ok. If you push the nozzle all the way in (like your supposed to.....) it seems to cap off the top of the inlet and reduces the air escaping which causes the gas to back up and burp out.

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