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    Hello all, I have a 19ft jet boat with saddle tanks that hold approx. 12-13 gallons each side. The issue I am having currently is that one side is pretty much completly draining, without the other side moving at all. I never had this issue before and I have owned the boat for about 10 yrs. or so. The only thing that has changed recently is my motor combination, but the fuel system has stayed the same, lines, pump, ect. I checked the tank and nothing is clogging the pickup, so I know that's not the issue. I was wondering if something weird like an air/ vapor lock could be happening on that side? At this point I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks.

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    How is your system plumbed? Dual draw / dual return?
    Is there a selector valve? Are you running a filter for each tank? Lots of variables could come in to play.
    Simplest place to start looking is check that vents are clear, check lines for blockage.

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    Also check for a pin hole or crack in the hose on the full side, i have had the same problem before.

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    see if the pickup tube may have broken off on the side that isnt drawing

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    the system is plumbed as follows: not 100% sure but if I remember correctly I have a -10 line coming from each tank ( and yes they are equidistant or at least very close to it) into a t fitting. That feeds a bg 5000 fuel filter, the filter is plumbed directly into my fuel pump and from the pump is a another -10 or -12 but I think it's -10 to the regulator, (it's a dead head). I checked the non drawing tank with a bore scope, nothing blocking the pickup, I put a coat hanger down it and visually seen it go into the tank. Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming! as I am at a loss...

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    fuel hose collapsing?

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    futs, that's a definite possibility, but I'm not sure how I would know if it was doing that or not. The lines are all braided and not soft anywhere from what I can tell.

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    Check your'e pickups I have seen them suck air after time and you end up with the situation you have. Easy way to check is hook up one tank at time thru an electric pump with clear hose and watch for bubbles. If no bubbles, go with what futs said and check the internals of the rest of fuel lines. If you cant come up with a cheap electric pump and clear line the disconnect one tank at a time and pump into a clear container again watching for bubbles. Make sure to plug the other tank for the test. M

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    thanks ol guy, sounds like a good idea.

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    I agree with the one tank at a time theory to diagnose the problem. Simply unhook the good tank and cap off the line. If it is pulling air you should be able to find it. If it is sucking the hose collapsed you should be able to find that as well. More than likely the filter is partially clogged and it draws from the side of least resistance. You can always blow air back through the line to the tank not drawing and ensure it cleared out that way. Or cap of the line at the tank and put air into the line from the pump end and make sure there are no leaks.
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    I've had this happen a couple times and both times it turned out to be a cap not venting.

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    thanks squirtcha, how did you determine it was the cap not venting, and how did you fix it?

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    We lost a race a couple years ago when the thing ran out of gas, with one tank almost complete full. Had never happened before. Two tanks did equalize the the fuels after 5-6 hrs. Exactly the same in each tank, on e empty, on full. Turned out to be the vent line collapsed and kinked completely shut.

    If its not the supply lines, check the vents. If it vents thru the caps, remove the full tank's cap and see if the tanks equalize sitting on the trailer.



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    thanks gn7, definetly will do if it's not a supply line problem. I have a hunch that it's probably the fuel fill cap not venting properly.

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