PETCOCK TUBES PLUGGED?


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PETCOCK TUBES PLUGGED?

Postby calan » Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:55 pm



I have a 77 gl1000. I took the tank out, and derusted it using white vinegar. Worked like a charm - or so I thought.

Before I did the derusting, the reserve line on the petcock was working - the regular line was not. Now that I have derusted the tank - neither petcock position is allowing flow.
I took the petcock off - it's clean.....the tubes INSIDE are apparently plugged. The tank is full of gas at the moment....and nothing is flowing even with the petcock off of the tank. I tried running a wire up both lines - didn't get very far before meeting resistance....maybe 3 inches at best.

Any ideas? Anyone know of any kind of a special tool for this problem?


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Re: PETCOCK TUBES PLUGGED?

Postby spiralout » Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:24 pm

You can pull the inside of an old speedo or tach cable out of its sheath and chuck that into a drill motor and root it out. Careful of going too fast if the cable's long, it'll flop around like a turkey with an arrow through it ;)

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Re: PETCOCK TUBES PLUGGED?

Postby maintainer » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:48 am

The vinegar should derusted those passages too, Hmmmm. Or if you have an air source with a soft rubber tip try to blow back thru them.
This could get messy!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: PETCOCK TUBES PLUGGED?

Postby spiralout » Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:53 pm

maintainer wrote:The vinegar should derusted those passages too, Hmmmm. Be sure the gasket behind the petcock hasn't shifted somehow blocking the passages

There's 2 seals between the petcock and tank, no gasket to shift.

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Re: PETCOCK TUBES PLUGGED?

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:40 am

Speedo cable is best cut it down to 18" that's all yoiu need to get to the reserve the main line is only 8" or so..and it could be crap stuck in the screen in the tank.

If you don't have a cable a fairly stiff wire coated can be worked in all the way to the end..just go slow and easy


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