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Fuel leak

PostPost by: Robbie693 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:49 pm

errr hmmmm, I'm worried now.

I ploughed ahead before I read your reply Roger. I ended up doing a full turn with the spanner :oops: . It was however not tight until then and I don't think I swung on it excessively. It did feel like I'd just nipped it up.

I'm hoping it'll be ok, there are no leaks at the moment after running in the garage for 5 mins or so but then it would take a few miles of use before it leaked before. I'll have to wait and see.

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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:04 pm

Hi Robbie,
I don't think your 1 turn will be over the top. If its now not leaking leave it alone. Any future leakage will be taken care of with just 1 'flat' max turn on the nut.

Sounds like its sorted.....

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:07 pm

Hi Robbie,
Sorry if I caused you to worry unnecessarily but I had visions of you winding on a full turn after it got tight and crushing the olive completely. As Alex says don't worry about it....if you just nipped it up as you say and it's not leaking it will be fine.
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:29 am

Thanks chaps for the reasurances - I'll rest assured!

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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:59 pm

Ah Good!! 1 happy chappie..

Have fun.

Clocks forward three weeks this weekend. :wink:

Just need to get that salt off the roads now.. :roll:

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:44 pm

Clocks forward three weeks this weekend. :wink:


I'm only going to put mine forward 1hr :lol:
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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:49 pm

There's the 1st one on the hook!!

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:43 pm

Hmm, may have spoke too soon.

Car hasn't moved for 2 days while doing the speedo drive and box mount. Started up tonight to back off the ramps and guess what? Petrol leak! :twisted:

Have nipped it up again and so far ok (couple of minutes running) but I'm feeling less confident about the possibility I have cured it..

Watch this space...
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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:36 pm

Fingers crossed Robbie....

Hope its ok..

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:37 am

Hi Robbie,
If it does still leak don't panic - it could be that the olive has crimped onto the pipe before reaching the champfer inside the fitting. This can happen if the olive is a tight fit on the pipe and doesn't slide along as you tighten up the nut. If this is the case just undo the fitting and trim a couple of mm off the end of the pipe then try again. I've had this happen a couple of times with plumbing compression fittings so I always loose assemble then pull the pipe out slightly before tightening up to make sure it doesn't bottom out before the olive is seated.

Hope it's OK. Don't give up you'll get there in the end.

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