Filled up my 75 GL1000 this weekend before parking it in the garage. A while later my wife came in and said there was a strong gas smell in the garage. I found a puddle of gas on the floor on the left side of the bike. I began feeling around and fond the tank wet on the left side. I pulled the seat and found that gas is leaking out of the top of the fuel sending unit from under the small square of plastic with the rivet through it. I took the unit out of the tank, removed the cover from the unit and found the rubber sealing washer to be crumbling up. i scraped out the rest of the rubber but now I need to seal it back up. I can't just put a new o-ring or something because there is a tiny, thin wire that would need to be removed and although I can solder really well I don't want to mess with that hair-thin wire.
So, I guess I have two choices. I can get another unit from ebay or repair this one. I will go with ebay if I have to but those don't look as good as mine. Have any of you had to reseal a sending unit? What did you use. I don't know if there is a silicon-like sealer you can use inside the gas tank. Any ideas? Thanks very much for any suggestions.
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Here is a pic of the washer/gasket I am referring to.
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You could try scraping out the remnants of that seal and using a fuel-impermeable gasket maker to seal it up:
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