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Old August 12th, 2015, 11:10 AM
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Fuel Filler hose replacement

My fuel filler hose started leaking over the weekend. It looked to be the original 20years old, it was rotted and clearly beginning to disintegrate.

I had a new one sent over-night through the local LR dealership and started replacing it last night. Old one came off fairly easily and I manage to contain most of the fuel. However, it has been a pain in the a$$ getting the new hose back on.

The side connecting to the tank is easy. The side that slides into the filler neck has been almost impossible and it has a long overlap. It was about midnight, I was tired and sweaty, when I gave up.

Any tips on how to get that very tight hose on? I got to the point where I can get it started but it just wont budge more than a centimeter of overlap. I hesitate to put anything for lubrication on the filler neck due to fear of contaminating my fuel.

It's frustrating when a seemingly "easy" job turns into a wrestling match.
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Old August 12th, 2015, 11:32 AM
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Old August 12th, 2015, 12:01 PM
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Use some engine oil or ATF for lube. That will be fine in the fuel. Water not so much.
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Old August 12th, 2015, 01:04 PM
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Would warming up the recalcitrant end with a hair dryer to make it more "accepting" if the filler tube?
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Old August 12th, 2015, 01:19 PM
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The correct lube to use is actually PET. If you don't have access to that use vaseline, which is also petroleum based, not a lot, just enough to make is slide easily. There is a DOW product for lubricating O rings that works well, but is hard to find. On the plus side, one tube lasts a lifetime.
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The correct lube to use is actually PET. If you don't have access to that use vaseline, which is also petroleum based, not a lot, just enough to make is slide easily. There is a DOW product for lubricating O rings that works well, but is hard to find. On the plus side, one tube lasts a lifetime.
Yep...this ^^^^
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Old August 12th, 2015, 01:50 PM
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Thanks all for the suggestions. I'm going to try the Vaseline tonight along with fresh muscles and 106F heat index.
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There is a DOW product for lubricating O rings that works well, but is hard to find. On the plus side, one tube lasts a lifetime.
Dow 33?
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Old August 12th, 2015, 05:31 PM
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The one I use on aircraft is Dow 55, but looks like 33 if you hold it upside down.
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I have used WD 40 with success.....
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If you have an air compressor use the rubber tip nozzle on the tight side and when the tank side get pressurized the tight side will vibrate and you can move it up. Used to do this to put on bicycle handlebar grips.
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Old September 4th, 2015, 02:23 PM
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Just to follow up on this. I ended up using vaseline, a hair dryer, and a neighbor with forearms twice the size of mine. We got it almost to the original overlap and called it a day.

thanks for all the tips ... I love but hate working on this thing.
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