That Really Grinds My Gears – Part 2…

19 Sep

So, as I said a few posts back, we suffered a broken gearstick over the Barefoot Weekened, but we were lucky enough to be saved by a resourceful RAC man and two kind mechanics. Sadly, there was going to be more to this tale…

Luke dozed all the way home from Kings Lynn, but when we got home he complained that he could smell fuel. I’d been able to smell it all the way back but had assumed it was oil from the funnel we’d used to fill up. My sense of smell isn’t the greatest and I honestly hadn’t given it a second thought.

Remembering the RAC man’s attempt to earth our battery (clipping onto the fuel pipe instead of the bodywork), we opened the boot hatch expecting to find a leak.

We found six.

All three of the woven fuel lines were leaking at both ends. Wonderful. Thank you Mr RAC man,

Luke searched around online and found that we could buy metres and metres of the right tubing for not a lot of money, so we’re not too put out, but we don’t really know what we’re doing to replace it. Luckily, a friend’s step-dad has the same model van and does all his own repairs, so we have enlisted him to teach us what to do. All we need to do now is find a free weekend to get Old Red back in working condition again. It’s put paid to our travels out for a while…


Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Van Maintenance


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2 responses to “That Really Grinds My Gears – Part 2…

  1. morethanmelts

    September 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hope that Old Red is back on the road soon!

    FWIW, I would recommend that you avoid using woven fuel line at all if you can, because you just can’t see the state of the actual fuel line under the weave, it could be perished and you wouldn’t know UNTIL it started leaking…plain fuel line without the outer weave is much better if only because you can easily see that state its in.
    Oh…and don’t let RAC** men do anything to a T25, apart from tow it! Seriously!

    Best of luck with changing the fuel lines and I fully endorse learning to do as much of the maintenance and easy fixes as you can 🙂

    (**Or any other roadside rescue service for that matter)


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