I would have expected that on a new engine, they would already have installed the higher quality rubber parts. You're probably right though - I'll see if I can find out from Tohatsu.
I have installed a fuel filter in line - but no a water separator. I didn't think it would do much good since the water is mixed with the ethanol which is suspended in the fuel. That may be something else I'll have to work on.
There shouldn't have been too much gunk in the tank because it came new with the engine.
Your third suggestion - running the carb dry I'll try and maybe that will help. Once I get past the current problem.
Thank you all so far. Really appreciate your input.
Saltwater Suzi and Cap'n Larry
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