How to Replace the Fuel Line on a Craftsman Weedwacker® 32CC Model

Updated February 21, 2017

The fuel line on a Craftsman 32CC Weedwacker® routes the fuel from the tank to the carburettor, providing the engine with a continuous supply of fuel for combustion. These plastic hoses, therefore, need to stay clear so the supply of fuel remains uninterrupted. For even a small drop in fuel supply can cause many engine problems and eventually will shut the engine down. Fuel lines will get clogged over time due to impurities in the fuel system. These impurities will gradually stick to the walls of the hoses.

Take the Craftsman's fuel container cap off the tank. Drain any remaining fuel still left in the tank into the approved fuel container. Unscrew the air filter box cover, next to the fuel tank, and take the air filter out of the box. Unscrew the air filter box and take it off the engine.

Move the choke lever into the closed setting. Pry the fuel hose off the elbow connector on the carburettor. Reach into the tank with the metal hook and grab the fuel filter and fuel hose with it, pulling them upwards into the opening. Grab the fuel line with the pliers and pull them out of the tank.

Cut off 8 to 10 inches of new fuel tubing for the fuel line. Cut one end of the tubing into a tapered, 45 degree angle, to aid in pushing the line through the engine. Unbend the metal wire and insert it into the fuel tubing. Push the tapered end and metal wire through the hole near the carburettor.

Continue pushing the line and wire until they appear in the tank. Withdraw the metal wire and bend it into a hook again. Grab the fuel line and draw it up into the tank opening. Cut off the tapered end.

Push the nozzle of the new fuel filter straight into the fuel line. Set the fuel line and fuel filter on the bottom of the tank. Connect the fuel line to the carburettor's elbow connector using your fingers, as the pliers may damage the plastic. Reinstall the air filter box and air filter to continue operation.

Things You'll Need

  • Approved fuel container
  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Metal hook (baling wire)
  • Scissors
  • Replacement fuel filter
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