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Bobcat fuel pick up tube repairs

Discussion in 'Skid Steers' started by willie59, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. barnbuilder

    barnbuilder Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2014
    Waxhaw, NC
    I have a 2004 A300 and I have to blow the line out about twice a day. So I'm guessing I have no check valve. Could the blockage be algae? I don't know how I could have that much trash in the tank. I Drained it last summer and the fuel was clean.
  2. crewchief888

    crewchief888 Senior Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    quick tip for flat primer bulbs...

    check your fuel cap, bobcat uses a vented fuel cap, if the vents are plugged or you have an unvented aftermarket cap, the primer bulb will suck flat eventually, all depends on how much fuel is in the tank...
    the more fuel in the tank the less time it takes to suck the primer bulb flat.

  3. willie59

    willie59 Super Moderator

    Dec 21, 2008
    Service Manager
    Knoxville TN
    If you have a floater in the tank that can be a real PITA to deal with. There is a drain plug on the bottom of the tank, but there's no guarantee you'll bring the floater out with it and the only way to pull the tank is to pull the engine and pump frame.
  4. Birken Vogt

    Birken Vogt Charter Member

    Nov 30, 2003
    Grass Valley, Ca
    If you suspect a floater you could make a modified pickup tube. Take a good length of rubber fuel hose that fits over the pickup tube and put a bunch of holes in the sides and cut the end in a vee. Rig it up so the hose can lay mostly flat on the bottom. That way the floater has to plug all the holes at once to starve it out. Not sure about access in these tanks but you can also cover the end of the pickup with a bag of metal fly screen zip tied around the tube like a tea bag.
  5. 1fastmofo

    1fastmofo Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    gulfport ms
    On a t190 my drive belt shredded and broke a rubber return line for the fuel, problem is I don't know where it goes other than I assume it went to the tank...
  6. NinePine

    NinePine Member

    Aug 18, 2018
    Holland, Michigan
    Hello everyone,
    I have never had any experience with fuel pick up tubes on these machines and hope to delay it as long as possible. I have had experience with trying to work on something, or trying to manipulate something without being able to see it. I purchased an endoscope on amazon for under $30.00 for these situations. The brand I purchased was Depstech, but there are several brands available. It is a camera on the end off about 20 foot of cable. This camera generates its own wifi. I had to download free app to my phone, then you connect to camera wifi and the image from the camera displays on your phone. The camera has a ring of led lights surrounding it which can be brightened and dimmed. The one I got came with three attachments, magnet, hook and a mirror that allows you to view 90 degrees to the side of camera. The unit is water proof ( I have used it in a clogged drain). The cable is very flexible, but will hold a bend to keep it in position if needed. I would guess the camera is about 3/16 to 1/4 of an inch in diameter and the cable slightly less than that. At the price point I did not expect much, but have been pleasantly surprised. I am here to tell you if you use it one time it will pay for itself. I am not trying to hijack the thread. I just think from the discussions so far this device could be helpful. Good luck to all.
  7. Alan Gage

    Alan Gage New Member

    Jul 19, 2019
    NW Iowa
    Thank you for the very helpful post. Just did my late 80's 873 and it was a snap. My side cover on the right side is higher so the tire doesn't get in the way at all. Good access to the top of the tank. I was quite disappointed as I pulled my tube out to find someone had already done this job and there was no problem with the tube. Then I was very happy when I found a big wad of junk sucked up the tube and stuck in the elbow. Less than 20 minutes start to finish.