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dirtbuster
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posted December 28, 2004 08:57 AM  
We have a fuel cell that leaked all last year. Wouldnt leak sitting at ride height but jack the front end up and fuel would drip out of the can. Finally took it apart and the only thing we could find was a small pinhole (if that) that would seep fuel on the side of the bladder. Is there anyway to fix this reliably or is getting a new bladder the best option.

Dman
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posted December 28, 2004 09:12 AM  
I'll bet it was an RCI fuel cell.We had a problem with those a few years back.If it is just a pinhole ,you can run a small sheetmetal screw with some sealant on it into the hole and plug it up.I think you know the best thing to do though.It is your beehind. If you buy another cell get a better quality cell than an RCI (I think RCI stands for Red Chinese Industries).Good luck!

dirtbuster
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posted December 28, 2004 09:48 AM  
it was in fact an RCI. The problem with the screw is you cant actually see the hole. Its almost like a sponge it doesnt really drip you just watch it and you see this wet spot form and it gets larger and larger. Almost like a void, or defect in the bladder material. Not like it was punctured or anything.

speedy46
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posted December 28, 2004 10:10 AM  
just bite the bullet and get a new one no point in (screwing) with your fuel cell lol

dirtbuster
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posted December 28, 2004 10:27 AM  
well we were planning on getting a new one. Just wondered if there was anything we could do to make this worth saving.

Its real irritating when you get new stuff like this and something is wrong with it. I guess we should have taken it back when we first noticed it and tried to get it replaced but we didnt have time to mess with it during the season.

fastow
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posted December 28, 2004 09:59 PM  
dirtbuster I understand what Dman and speedy is saying about safety but if it was mine. I would take like a 5\16 round head bolt with a washer on the inside and out and maybe some gaskit material or sealant put it right though the leak. I don't see how it would be any different than installing a additional bung or fitting witch gets done all the time and no one ever questions it. We had one once that suffered a 6 inch gash in it one saturday nite we had to race the next nite so we made a patch out of two pieces of 3\16 by 2 inch strap steel drilled a series of holes used some gaskit paper made for gasoline and patched the bladder, it never leaked and after it was done never questioned the safety of that cell would not be suprised if that cell isn't still going around in circles this summer! JMAO GOOD LUCK

Wildside17
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posted December 28, 2004 10:20 PM  
I have used that putty stuff called quick steel to fix a leak in acell before. And another idea is find someone who has one of those plastic welders we've done that on a cut in the bottom of a cell before too. Don't ask how they work but they do.

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Ego Racing
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posted December 29, 2004 07:05 AM  
We have had an old cell for an antique car epoxy coated on the inside, we could not find one to replace it and wanted to keep the car as real as possable. It is the same process as they use on custom tanks all you have to do is find a company that can do it in your area.

Dman
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posted December 29, 2004 07:27 AM  
The problem with patches is the don't hold up when they are supposed to.The tank will deform and the patch won't. Remember why you are running a cell. Safety should always be your first concern. Get a cell from Jaz or an even better one from ATL or Fuelsafe that
has a bladder. Dman

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