Is There A Mechanic In The House?

I had another blog entry planned for this evening, but events conspired against me and now I’m posting a special “Dave Needs Some Help” Entry.

For about a week now, I have had a small pin-prick size hole in the fuel line of my 1994 Buick Century car.

The hose is located under the car just ahead of the driver’s side door. The hose is rubber/plastic. After turning the car off, a significant amount of gas leaks out and puddles under the car.

Some advice given to me at a local chain parts store told me to CUT the hose at the leak and buy a Brass Nylon hose coupling. It was the wrong part and then they had no other solution.

Another parts place said to try a double male hose connector and two small hose clamps. The part looks something like the image at the right.I tried this and can’t seem to get a tight enough seal. Still a major leak.

I need this fixed by tomorrow evening, so my wife and I can go to work on Monday. I do not have the time, spare car, or the money to replace an entire fuel line. (I hear that is a major labor intensive and expensive job)

So, any shade tree mechanics out there with a solution that a NON-mechanic can perform in an afternoon that will provide a safe, secure “fix” please leave me a comment.

THANKS

UPDATE: AUGUST 30, 2009 4:45

MY CAR IS FIXED!!

Thanks to @dragginphly and @gfb3 on Twitter for their advice and well wishes and to David Crone for his advice here at “OTRWD”, and Ben Ernsberger on Facebook.

Special thanks go to the staff at O’Reilly Auto Parts in Saraland for their advice and to a passing O’Reilly customer/mechanic who advised towards the actual correct part and how to put it on.

As advised a few days ago by a staff member at Advance Auto Parts; I did need a nylon-to-nylon compression connector. But when I went back to get it, another staff member sold me a connector for a nylon-to-steel connector, and then offered no solution when it didn’t work. Which is why I went down to the other parts store.

In case you are wondering, the part is made by Dornan Products and is part number 800-145. It took me about 25 minutes to install(I’m slow and mechanically-uninclined) and when I was finished, the car cranked and there is no leak.

For the record, the male-to-male connector did not work because the fuel line pressure forced the fuel around the tapered connector as well as through it and the hose clamps could not tighten enough.

But, everything worked out well. If I would have had to replace the entire fuel line; the cost would have been well over $250.00. My cost for the right connector and the part that did not work, but couldn’t be returned–

$13.00.

I’ve gone from extremely frustrated to extremely happy and grateful.

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One Response to Is There A Mechanic In The House?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve fixed other hose lines (not fuel lines, though) with the double male hose connector with no trouble. Maybe you’re not tightening down the straps enough. That really should work. Unless you have the wrong size connector.

    Are you sure you don’t have another leak and the gas is just running along the outside of the hose and finally dripping at the point you’re trying to fix?

    -dcrone

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