Fuel leak


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felon
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Fuel leak

Postby felon » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:53 pm



Help! :?: I'm not very mechanically inclined but I have a 2004 Goldwing with a Hannigan trike kit. The kit also has the aux. 4.5 gal. fuel tank. I have been smelling fuel for a couple of months now but could never find where it was coming from. Today my wife called me out to the garage saying she smelled gas. She got down there and looked and saw a fuel drip just underneath the aux. tank. I had trouble getting down there but sure as c%$p, there is a drip. I called my local (only) trike mechanic and explained the problem to him. He said OH OH, and said he has never worked on a trike that had an aux. fuel tank. He has worked on my trike before and I have always been satisfied the results. My question is what could the problem be? Any ideas? :?: :oops:

Bud



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Re: Fuel leak

Postby wilmo » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:15 am

without knowing the specifics of your trike, look for the simple easy things first like a clamp that's loose on the hose or a cracked hose itself. If you haven't taken it rock climbing :lol: then you can safely rule out damage to the tank itself.

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Re: Fuel leak

Postby felon » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:32 pm

Well, FINALLY found out what the fuel smell was and where it was coming from. The aux. fuel tank has a crack in it. Mechanic sez he knows a shop that specializes in repairing gas tanks and will try to weld this (aluminum) to fix it. Of course he has to take the entire rear end apart to access the tank. The cost of a NEW tank is around $550 and he thinks we can get this repaired for a little less. The cost of labor is still gonna get me, but I can't do it myself. Soooooo. :?: ;) :(

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Re: Fuel leak

Postby thrasherg » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:57 pm

So what caused the tank to crack in the first place? Has it been in an accident or is it going to break again after the repair? I would be trying to understand what caused it to crack the first time. Great if it can be repaired, but I would want to find the cause and also address that whilst its in bits. Maybe it needs to be rubber mounted? :?:

Gray

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Re: Fuel leak

Postby felon » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:20 pm

I've only had this bike for a year, and I KNOW I haven't done anything that caused this problem. All I know is that I had to replace both rear shocks recently cus both were leaking. I had been smelling fuel since I bought it, but couldn't find it. Then I noticed small puddles underneath the bike when I got ready to ride it. But then it quit leaking!!! Finally caught it leaking. Mechanic sez he thinks it has bottomed out very hard which caused the shocks and tank to be in this shape. :?: I of course have sent an E-mail to the PO, but do not expect any admission that it was caused while he had the bike. I bought a used machine and now have to pay the price for my own lack of knowlege. :oops: :oops:

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Re: Fuel leak

Postby thrasherg » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:40 pm

Sorry to hear that, I hope it was something like that, as it would explain both problems and means you should be good for the future.. :D Keeping my fingers crossed for you..

Gary

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Re: Fuel leak

Postby twostrokes48 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:04 pm

Just something to think about.......just because you have an aux tank, doesn't mean you need one. Why not jut unplug it and not use it....Everyone is due for a rest by the time you burn through 6 gal of gas....Even at 20mpg....that is over 100mi before needing to stop for fuel and a leg stretch....

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Re: Fuel leak

Postby felon » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:50 am

Unplug it and not use it is what I've decided to do. ;)




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