Motorcycle Fuel tanks are very important part of the bike. It acts as the petrol provider through the stop valve that is connected to the carburetor. When the fuel at its low level the user can turn the valve positioned to the reserve position. So the valve can be turned to stop position, Normal flow position and to reserve flow position. Most of the motorbike riders don't know about this valve and its positions. Also the valve fitted on the left side of the tank does have a fine filter too. A rusted fuel tank if allows the rusted particles with the fuel flow, the filter will collect them. If lot of rusted particles is collected in the filter the flow of fuel may be blocked and the motorcycle will stop. Then the rider must carefully remove the filter along with the small rubber "O" ring and have to clean the small plastic filter and fix it back in position. Here are some notes on it for your protection, smooth operation and to save money on repairs and replacements.
When going to fill your tank at the petrol station, switch off your engine and then open the fuel cap. Once it is securely closed only start your engine.
Never fill the tank up to the top mouth level to prevent expanded gas from making explosion..
Always fill the same quantity of fuel in to the tank to prevent corrosion.
Whenever you visit your mechanic ask him to drain the carburetor. If found any water in it, remove and clean the petrol tank.
Otherwise your tank walls will get rusted and can get ruptures at the metal joining points.
If you get petrol smell near your motorbike, then run your hand on the bottom sides of the tank for oozing petrol. If found any immediately replace the tank or repair it. Otherwise it can catch fire in this leaking condition from nearby sparks or open flame points.Some motorbike riders felled as victims from the leaking tanks catching fire. Also overfilling too can cause the fuel tank to catch fire. Most of the Indian and Japanese Motorcycle tanks are made with thin metal sheets while the motorcross petrol tanks are made with hard plastic.
Clearly understand the positions of the fuel lever (Fuel Strainer) that is fitted on the tank where there are three positions for it.
Most of the motorcycles are fitted with a small fuel filter in the fuel valve assembly.
Whenever going for to service your motorcycle, ask the mechanic to clean this mesh filter (screen) and the cup too.
While riding motorcycle with enough petrol in the tank, if you don't get petrol to the engine, first check for clogged fuel valve cup and plastic mesh plate.
Motorcycle new fuel tank price in Sri Lankan is around Rs. 20,000/- - Rs. 25,000/-
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