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#2717632 - 12/10/11 06:49 PM
Eskimo auger leaking gas
mww24 Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
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Loc: St. Francis MN
I got on the ice yesterday for the first time this year. On my way home my auger started leaking gas. I think it was leaking from the pressed in nuts in the side of the gas tank. Its a 4 year old eskimo mako auger. has anyone had this problem before? I noticed on their site you can buy a tank that straps to the auger and doesn't mount using the pressed in nuts. does anyone who has this style of tank have issues with leaking gas. the back of my suv got soaked and now reeks and it got on my shelter. I would like to resolve the problem ASAP. So any tips or tricks would be appreciated. thank you.
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#2717785 - 12/10/11 09:16 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: mww24]
PiedmontAngler Offline
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Registered: 01/11/07
Posts: 389
Loc: Duluth, MN
I have the same problem with mine. just ordered a new tank. Heard they are very quick about getting you a replacement. I used to put a old metal oil pan under my power head so any drips would be caught in that. I also recommend contacting a local fuel oil company to see if they have any fuel odor eliminator. I got a can from a buddy after an incident in my minivan and it too the fuel smell right out. The stuff I have is called ODOROUT. Good Luck.

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#2717821 - 12/10/11 10:00 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: PiedmontAngler]
uptracker Offline
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Registered: 02/27/07
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Loc: Sault Ste. Marie, MI
I think I saw last season that there is a quick fix for this. I believe it has to do with tightening the tank straps. Someone will chime in I'm sure.

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#2718004 - 12/11/11 08:15 AM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: uptracker]
mww24 Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
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Loc: St. Francis MN
thanks. Ill look into the odorout. I saw on eskimos website that they have a tank that only connects with straps. So im assuming that there are no nuts pressed into the plastic. I may just order one of those and rig it to fit mine.
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#2718318 - 12/11/11 03:59 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: mww24]
carpshooterdeluxe Offline
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Registered: 06/07/02
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Used my "new to me" eskimo yesterday for the first time...noticed when I unloaded it from the truck at the landing that there was some fuel leakage on mine. I figured at the time it was gas that sloshed out of the vent on the gas cap...now I read this thread and decided to look more closely at my auger. It appears that mine is leaking at the tank mounts. Thanks for the tips on fixing this!
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#2718890 - 12/12/11 08:53 AM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: carpshooterdeluxe]
TruthWalleyes Offline
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Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 5418
Loc: Minnesota
My eskimo barricuda leaked gas last year. I found that if i put less than a 1/4 tank i was free of leaks...Not the desired fix, but it worked the remainder of last ice season. Haven't even started it yet this year.
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#2719416 - 12/12/11 04:47 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: TruthWalleyes]
heat checker Offline
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Registered: 06/09/05
Posts: 501
Loc: Wood Lake, Mn
have any of you guys had your tank off previously? i took mine off to replace gas line, when a put it back on it started leaking, just got done taking it off again. noticed that two of the bolts are shorter- go on the side and the two longer ones go on bottom, didnt notice this when a iput it on the first time, because one of the longer ones went on the side and it punctured right threw the side.
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#2719792 - 12/13/11 06:43 AM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: heat checker]
TruthWalleyes Offline
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Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 5418
Loc: Minnesota
Come to think of it, i took my gas tank off last year to fix the throttle spring and maybe i did exactly as you said with the two longer screws. I'll have to check one of these days.
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#2720279 - 12/13/11 03:48 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: carpshooterdeluxe]
Koepper08 Offline
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Registered: 12/07/08
Posts: 136
Loc: Belle Plaine, MN
I have had leaks from where the gas line goes into the tank. Make sure the black stopper is pushed all the way in and tight! Give it a glance now and then, seems to wiggle lose...
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#2720308 - 12/13/11 04:30 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: Koepper08]
BD110 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/03
Posts: 1535
Loc: Duluth,MN,US
My three or four year old Eskimo auger was also leaking from one of the molded in nuts on the bottom of the tank. I was lucky enough to notice the slight difference in size when I removed the tank from the auger.

They list to types of tank kits on their website. One that was held on by straps and the bolt on type. I ordered an new bolt on (tank kit) as well. It comes complete with a new cap,grommet,line and filter along with the tank.

A very easy fix for $22.00 and change total with shipping included. I've dealt with their customer service in the past working on an even older Eskimo auger in need of a tank that was not listed. You just give them a call and a little info about the auger like make and serial number and they locate the part from stock. I'm hoping to see my new tank in tomorrows mail.

It's a plus that I keep a spare Eskimo auger on hand as well. Things break every now and then always good to have a back up!!
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#2720725 - 12/14/11 07:52 AM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: PiedmontAngler]
BD110 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/03
Posts: 1535
Loc: Duluth,MN,US
Piedmont Angler,

Quick update on my new bolt on style gas tank kit for my Eskimo auger. It arrived yesterday by Speedee delivery while I was at work. Got home this morning installed the new tank filled it with gas and fired it up. Let me know if you need any help or just shot the breeze.

Now I'm trying to figure out a system to drill two holes at a time!! grin
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#2721284 - 12/14/11 05:00 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: BD110]
silverbulletguy Offline
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Registered: 11/26/09
Posts: 608
Loc: St. Cloud, MN
Sell it and buy a strikemaster!
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#2721380 - 12/14/11 06:22 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: silverbulletguy]
mww24 Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 1111
Loc: St. Francis MN
Thanks for all your help silverbulletguy.
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#2721611 - 12/14/11 10:48 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: mww24]
silverbulletguy Offline
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Registered: 11/26/09
Posts: 608
Loc: St. Cloud, MN
A guy I know had an Eskimo and it leaked also. He replaced a number of things and couldn't get it figured out. Finally pawned it off on someone else and he bought a strikemaster and hasn't looked back since.

Sorry, I should've elaborated the first time. It was a few years ago and I just remember him complaining about it over and over and over and over and over....

I know it's probably not the answer you're looking for but it seems like a common problem.
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#2722455 - 12/15/11 07:47 PM
Re: Eskimo auger leaking gas [Re: silverbulletguy]
mww24 Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 1111
Loc: St. Francis MN
thanks for elaborating silverbulletguy. I thought you were trying to be a smart donkey. smile No harm no foul. I ordered a tank with no nuts on it and am going to rig a strap system up for it.
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