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George Baker

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Gas cap leak?
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:57:09 PM »
Greetings,
     Topped off my gas tank recently on my 06 Electra to find that it was leaking from under the front part of the cap. I pulled the cap off in hopes of being able to replace the gasket somehow. However, it appeares to be crimped together rather permanently.
     I gave the gasket a coating of brake fluid (which I have been told does soften and preserve), I'll let you know if it works.
     Other than replacing the cap (which I assume is readily available) has anyone else have any tricks or suggestions.

thank you,
GB

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Re: Gas cap leak?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 02:22:47 PM »
The leak, on the AVLs at least, is pretty common.  NField Gear sells a cork gas cap ring that helps keep the leak at bay, although it's still not perfect.  I don't fill it up to the top as it will still find it's way out when leaned over, but it's significantly better than going without one.  I couldn't find the part on a quick glance but give them a call if you are interested and they'll sort you out.  I recommend buying a couple at a time as they will dry out after a while.

Replacing that cap is the way to go in the long run.
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DanB

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Re: Gas cap leak?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2014, 10:00:44 PM »
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I don't fill it up to the top as it will still find it's way out when leaned over, but it's significantly better than going without one.

+1 to that. My experience as well.
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Superchuck

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Re: Gas cap leak?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2014, 02:33:58 PM »
I bought a pack of gasket material at a hardware store and cut a thick flat ring out of it. It's like a 1/8" thick rubber reddish orange material.   I crammed this up onto the gas cap and it's seems to work great.  about three years and counting so far.

I have to push down hard on my gas cap to shut it but I guess that means it's making a strong seal?

Best of luck!

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Re: Gas cap leak?
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2014, 01:40:49 PM »
i think i used the same gasket as you almost red orange rubber material worked great

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Re: Gas cap leak?
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2014, 03:46:00 PM »
Agreed- simple enough and I'd do it again!

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Re: Gas cap leak?
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2014, 12:58:29 PM »
I was hesitant to use cork gasket to fix gas leak from my G5 tank cap but it is perhaps the best solution, better than anything else I have tried. It works extremely well and is pretty inexpensive !

The cork-rubber sheet to make gasket should be gas & oil resistant type.

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« Last Edit: October 06, 2014, 01:26:25 PM by singhg5 »
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