Avoid a fire, everyone should read this

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Chrisradioman, May 11, 2014.

  1. Got it booked into a mechanic since I can't understand where the pipe goes! Will keep you posted
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  2. You don't want to put it off so :thumbsup:
    PS ... Give it a serious clean as suggested by @Bulletooth before driving it to the mechanic.
    Might be worth copying/re starting this thread in "mech tech" or "general" discussion so you get some advice on where the pipe goes ...
    @davidoft ?
    @Baysearcher ?
    @paulcalf ?
    @paneuropaul ?
    @SkutterBob ?
    ..... anyone?
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2018
  3. Thanks! I've indeed got a thread going here http://thelatebay.com/index.php?threads/oil-leak.78186/
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  4. Hey, just checked out this thread after getting the smell of fuel through the airvents, and now very concerned! Just checked my 1973 out and unless I'm missing something, I appear to be missing nearly the entire length of metal tubing across the top engine compartment. The tube stops at the T so there's nothing going across the length or down towards the air filter . i'm obviously not driving it anywhere now I've seen this - can someone advise where I can I get old of replacement metal tubing or equivelent?
  5. It's a 7mm o/d metal tube which connects to the air filter with a flexible piece. I found someone breaking a bus who gave me a section of tube. You need to check all the flexi connectors on both breather pipes back to the tank. The one behind the spare wheel well is a bit of a bugger but if you take out the nearside tail light it's a lot easier to see.it.
  6. Thanks Mark, is the tube running along the length of the back of the engine compartment ceiling also the same? Anything thats more readily available from JK/VW Heritage etc that I can use as an alternative?
  7. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    Worst case use a bit of fuel hose.
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    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

  9. Read through this thread and need to check something..... replacing the breather connections, starting with the little "red" one.
    Even after soaking in boiling water and a liberal amount of lubrication, 5.6mm refuses to go on ..... the next size appears to be 7.3mm which is too large surely.?
    Is 5.6mm the correct one or is there one a tad bigger ?
  10. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    Should be able to get 6mm
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  11. Great, will do some more searching!
  12. After lots of searching for decent stuff, put Gates into EBay .... result... ordered from Moss !
  13. Just purchased my bay, fuel gauge iffy, so filled up at first opportunity, brimming it, for the 200 miles home.

    Returned to forecourt after paying to see fuel pouring out beside the left rear wheel arch.

    Spur of the moment decision to get on the dual carriage way asap to, firstly use up some fuel and secondly dissipate the build up of fumes.

    I guess it was the right decision for me as the van didn't burst into flames, got home and a quick read up on here and here's the culprit!


    I'll be ordering a full kit of bio fuel hose on Monday!!
  14. I think you were lucky there!:eek:
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  15. Worth checking the rest of the fuel system over still, as it shouldn't pour out of there while filling up.
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  16. Agreed, I just replaced R9 bio hose that was date stamped 2009, it wasn't as bad as above, and didn't look at all bad at first glance, but it had gone soft everywhere in the engine bay; the fuel clips were just cutting into the hose and not sealing.
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  17. This is the info you are looking for
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  18. Thought this might be a good place to ask advice rather than start a new thread.

    I know a lot of member prefer to put the fuel filter outside the engine bay but it leads me to this. Is this method ok ?
    Old one was originally squeezed just below this but the hose etc is all new. Any chance it could droop and sit on something hot and melt?

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  19. Fitting the filter before the fuel pump is a better option imo, that looks like it's between the pump and the carb.
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  20. I think it is yes. I'll probably look into changing it soon. But from a safety point of view, is there any reason it's bad having it loose like that? The previous one was after pump also, but tucked tight behind other stuff, so a lot less accessible.

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