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BantamBaz
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May 20, 2020 - 9:53 pm
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Good evening all. Hope you are all getting your bantams clucking it these distancing times.

Today I put fuel in the tank, It's been laid up for 18 months & the tap leaked like a sieve. 

I left it in the tank for a while & the fuel has expanded the cork sleeve considerably. The question is, Is there a good way to help the cork expand further? 

On a plus note the Bike started on the second kick. I was so chuffed !

Thanks

Barrie. 

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Holding cork in kettle steam for a few secs makes it expand.

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Hi Barrie, there's quite a bit in the forum about corks. From memory boiling or steaming over a kettle does the trick. Alan

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Thanks Alan & Justin, I've just dunked it in boiling water & that seems to have done the trick.

Barrie.

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The fix may only be temporary so keep an eye on it. Replacement corks are available, but if you fit one I'd advise an inline fuel filter after the tap, they can shed little bits which plays havoc with main jet.

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Yes thanks Justin, I have one fitted already.

Barrie

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I have the same problem on my B175 with the leaky cork tap and even though it is used regularly I still get a problem if it is left unused for about a week. It is a pain in the neck having to regularly boil the cork. I am looking for a different type of tap without a cork plunger but I need one with the right thread 1/8 BSP.

Good luch with yours hope the cork is better than the one on mine

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Check out this. There is a link for fitting on this page.

 

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