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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Petcock tube fell out again

Pushing the tube back into my petcock doesn't seem to be doing the trick. While out on a short ride tonight I noticed one cylinder kick out, looked down and saw fuel just streaming out. In fact the gas gauge even dropped down. Scarry. I'm thinking about using vice grips to slightly deform the tube and then shove it back in or just replace it (even though I just put a $40 rebuild kit on it). Has anyone else had this experience? Did you try deforming it? It doesn't leak at all when I shove it back in.

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don't bend it... just mar it up a little bit... use 80 grit sand paper, the use jb weld to secure it in place.
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and use a brass hammer to carefully tap it all the way home. some of the designs are tapered, not sure on the vn. if you deform it it will leak forever, i think. i would give it some pretty decent love taps before trying any glue, myself. i have had luck fixing them in that manner.

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I just had this problem (see the carbs and fuel forum). I tried deforming it and it stayed together but just leaked all the time. I used Permatex Liquid Metal filler on the joint and it worked great. Solid.

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I just had this problem (see the carbs and fuel forum). I tried deforming it and it stayed together but just leaked all the time. I used Permatex Liquid Metal filler on the joint and it worked great. Solid.
Is it an adhesive like JB?

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I put a dab of JB weld on mine, then "vised" it together from both sides using channel locks. Those fittings are pressed in, once you deform, will leak. Try the JB and channel locks. Mine have been fine for 600mi since.



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