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« on: 11 July, 2016, 12:00:43 AM »

After having had a really strong smell of petrol inside Fay I looked underneath the car but there were no visible signs of a leak, so I emptied the boot to find that the well where the fuel gauge sender sits, was full of petrol Shocked
I had this once before but a tighten up of the screws did the trick, this time I thought it best to get a new seal for the sender unit to tank, I was pretty impressed as a call to Omicron at 4.45pm on Friday afternoon, resulted in a new seal arriving in the post first thing Saturday Morning.
I removed the fuel sender, but on inspection of the cork float I found it had cracks in the surface through what looked like a coated surface, presumably to stop the cork absorbing petrol, this surely has a bearing on the accuracy of the fuel level reading, so is it possible to reseal the cork float, and if so with what?

2nd query is that the seal for the small cover plate on top of the sender unit for the rheostat (resistor), has broken up, I've sealed it with a RTV sealer, but does anyone know where I can get the proper gasket?
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« Reply #1 on: 12 July, 2016, 11:48:09 AM »

My solution was to fit a couple of champagne corks. Must be a decent vintage of course. Still works
 fine after two thousand miles.
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« Reply #2 on: 12 July, 2016, 03:16:44 PM »

you could paint it with a thin coat of POR15 tank sealant paint....
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« Reply #3 on: 12 July, 2016, 10:02:46 PM »

you could paint it with a thin coat of POR15 tank sealant paint....
Thanks Tim,
I haven't got any and at 15 a time I feel disinclined to go that route, however I have also been told that dope available from model aircraft suppliers would do the job.
I thought perhaps you'd be in the Minervois as the Tour de France's run tomorrow is from Carcassonne.
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« Reply #4 on: 13 July, 2016, 07:05:56 AM »

you could paint it with a thin coat of POR15 tank sealant paint....
Thanks Tim,
I haven't got any and at 15 a time I feel disinclined to go that route, however I have also been told that dope available from model aircraft suppliers would do the job.
I thought perhaps you'd be in the Minervois as the Tour de France's run tomorrow is from Carcassonne.
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Hi Brian
We are in the Mivervois but not for the TdF. Its windy so will be windsurfing when the spandex clad boys go past!
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« Reply #5 on: 13 July, 2016, 10:22:41 AM »

Brian, I thought the point of cork was that it didn't get saturated and sink hence its' use on boats, fishing nets etc. Is the crack actually causing a problem? If you aren't sure might it be possible to float it in a bit of petrol in a sealed jam jar to check?
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« Reply #6 on: 13 July, 2016, 11:48:29 AM »

Brian, I thought the point of cork was that it didn't get saturated and sink hence its' use on boats, fishing nets etc. Is the crack actually causing a problem? If you aren't sure might it be possible to float it in a bit of petrol in a sealed jam jar to check?

Frank,
It seems to have some sort of glazed finish over part of it.
I'm reluctant to remove it from the float arm to test as you suggest, I'm also reluctant to spend 90+ on a new one.

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« Reply #7 on: 13 July, 2016, 03:24:09 PM »

How about one of these?


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« Reply #8 on: 13 July, 2016, 08:29:05 PM »

90 Brian? I'm sure Lidle can do you a bottle of plonk cheaper than that!
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« Reply #9 on: 13 July, 2016, 11:55:08 PM »

How about one of these?
Thanks Richard,
Any idea where to get one?

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« Reply #10 on: 13 July, 2016, 11:56:19 PM »

90 Brian? I'm sure Lidle can do you a bottle of plonk cheaper than that!
Screw tops not a lot of use Frank Grin

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« Reply #11 on: 14 July, 2016, 07:29:45 AM »

From http://m.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/gasgaugefloats.php Not sure of size, and also whether a plastic bottle stopper float. Tried to email Aircraftspruce, but connection blocked. Will try from a desktop later
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« Reply #12 on: 14 July, 2016, 08:31:52 PM »

I can supply these corks, which are very high quality and would work well - with a bottle of wine attached for much less than 90 euros ....


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« Reply #13 on: 14 July, 2016, 08:38:19 PM »

I can supply these corks, which are very high quality and would work well - with a bottle of wine attached for much less than 90 euros ....

Most definitely the best fun option identified so far!!!!

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« Reply #14 on: 15 July, 2016, 11:19:26 PM »

I can supply these corks, which are very high quality and would work well - with a bottle of wine attached for much less than 90 euros ....
As long as I get 90 euros for Advertising your vineyard Simon Grin

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