Fuel pipe refresh, car pee’d all over the floor!

Car pee’d on the floor…

It’s a bit drippy here at the back, but also at the front on to the start motor – not overly safe and smelled pretty strongly of fuel.

The main leak is here at the back between the hardline and the hose. The hoses have gone quite hard with age. There is a flare on the copper pipe.

All the fuel hose is 12-14 years old, this was visually the worst – the main picked pipe which is most exposed to the elements. The rest hard gone hard but were not cracked yet.

Emptied 25ltrs of fuel out the car using the Power Probe – all power disconnected on the car, hooked the probe up to the battery and switched 12v on the the positive side of the pump. Drained the tank very quickly into fuel cans.

Brand new hose up front for both the feed and return. Although these pipes all looked OK it was worth changing everything while the fuel system was drained.

New pipe from the tank to the first filter, to the pump, the next filter and then down the copper pipe where it was leaking. Also replaced the return rubber line.

Here are the rest of the old pipes that when in the bin, these had gone pretty stiff especially when compared to the new pipes.

All back together again! Used the power probe to prime the whole fuel system and check for leaks before starting the engine – fired up instantly, no waiting for the fuel pressure to build up when you prime the systems.

If you’re going to do any work on rubber hose, this tool from Sealey is invaluable, cuts nice straight ends every time!

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