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Arc off starter and fuel line

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Arc off starter and fuel line






I went to tighten my starter power cable, and my wrench sparked off the starter and the coiled up gas line. This caused a pin ***** leak in a bad spot where I canít use my metal cutter to cut all the way around since itís coiled up close.
Im an idiot. I just fixed this thing finally and weeks later I make this avoidable mistake.

Can i cut it and straight pipe it? I donít wanna find one at the yard or have one made and even so Iíd still have to rubber hose splice it in either way.

Ive heard of JB Weld working, certain types said to work for gas as well? Not confident, and I think not only the leaking area may be bad. Like maybe itís weak around it now but hasnít busted out.

Im very concerned and will do better pics when I can. Any help is appreciated. Iíve spliced my tranny cooling lines after half a day on a stuck fitting. They still look great 3 years later. Hoping someone says itíll work here too.
 
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Looks like you have a 1997 or earlier Ranger so 2 fuel lines
One will have 30psi pressure, from fuel pump, the other 0psi, its the Return line from Fuel Pressure Regulator(FPR) on the engine

I assume the 30psi line got the hole, since I doubt you would have notice Return line hole until MPG went down a bit, and you smelled gas now and then

Only permanent fix is to replace it
JB Weld won't hold on its own, the hose/line will expand and contract as flowing fuel cools it and then it warms back up when engine is off from outside temp, or reverse of that depending on outside temp, lol, but suffice it to say it won't hold

If you can get a small hose clamp around the spot that may add some stability for the temp fix, but it is a temp fix

As far as cutting it out, thats OK, I don't recall seeing anything like that on my Rangers, but hard to get any clamps to hold long term on smooth metal lines
 

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Thanks Ron.
yea itís my 1992 3.0 V6 auto.
youve helped me fix it twice now. The battery cables and new battery fixed it 2 weeks ago. Now I fucked it up.

well since I have to cut it anyway, Iím gonna play with some rubber hose scraps, clamps, and JB.
McLean, apply JB, quickly get rubber hose over it.
rubber hose piece will be cut small, then down the middle to open it all up. Itís basicallt going to hug the pipe area where I seal it with JB. Then clamp down right on the area. Then maybe one on each side if I cut enough. The leak hole is on the bend unfortunately, but I think they hose should be able to take form if done correctly. However I think because of the bend, this will be a good TEMP fix. I donít plan on keeping this forever, so if this works a little then cool. I can easily cut it later when Iím not getting rained on.

tranny cooling lines I cut and spliced rubber hoses on with clamps still works good nearly 3 years later.


 

Last edited by Marino; 01-19-2019 at 09:07 PM.
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