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Re: 3204 update...

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Stick welding

05-19-2013 07:46:02

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No, actually. I checked the screen that could be seen from the outside and it looked clean after I pulled some fibres out and no more fibres showed up when I later checked it. No one ever mentioned taking the elbow off and that the screen actually threaded backwards out of the hex piece with an allen wrench. Had I known that, I would have taken the screen out originally. Sometimes it's hard to know even the simplest of things, when you've never done it before. Just like I know a few simple welding tricks that a lot of people would never think of.

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05-19-2013 12:27:02

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 Re: 3204 update... in reply to Stick welding, 05-19-2013 07:46:02  
Dave, I'm only pickin' on ya...

but I did tell you to remove the inlet line from the elbow and check it for strong flow. Unless your engine's setup is different than mine... you need an 11/16" and 9/16" wrench. You remove the inlet line from the elbow first. Then you remove the outlet line from the pump above the elbow... then you remove the elbow and strainer. You can't remove or clean the strainer without removing the elbow... at least on the 3204T in my 4H.
I will grant you this... it's not the most intuitive thing to find unless you are familiar with Cats...
On my machine... when it gets the staggers... that is the first place I go. I've probably cleaned the damn thing 200 times over the years. The sludge looks like bark... but it's more likely the sludge that results in a tank that's had some water. It's a task to avoid water if you're lugging fuel around in cans, barrels and portable tanks...


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05-19-2013 15:03:03

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 Re: 3204 update... in reply to RodInNS, 05-19-2013 12:27:02  
I thought the strainer was part of the hex piece. I rinsed the whole thing with the elbow in gas. At least now, I know how it goes together. I did have good fuel flow from the line before the strainer. It sounds like my setup is the same as yours.

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05-19-2013 17:57:10

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 Re: 3204 update... in reply to Stick welding, 05-19-2013 15:03:03  
Yep... Now, here's the sad part. You might as well get those two wrenches and whatever you need to remove the side panel if that has to come off... and put it in a tool kit on the machine. Once that crap is in there it's very difficult to get out, even by washing the tank. Best be prepared...


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Stick welding

05-19-2013 20:25:38

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 Re: 3204 update... in reply to RodInNS, 05-19-2013 17:57:10  
There is a drain on the tank for water. I'll just have to open it more often to drain any crap in the bottom out.

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Stick welding

05-19-2013 07:48:43

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 Re: 3204 update... in reply to Stick welding, 05-19-2013 07:46:02  
By the way, what's up with the Cat parts book being wrong for the inlet fuel hose?

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