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Old 09-12-2015, 12:46 PM   #1
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More fuel tank woes

Well we definitely aren't on top of the fuel tank issues.

We are due at the NEU Rally in Plymouth this weekend but DW couldn't finish work until late last night so the plan was to catch up this morning.

I knew we only had about 4 gallons of gas on board from running out the other week. So first stop after loading up was the local gas station. This time it was filling remarkably easily until it cut off at around 24 gallons, still way under what should be the capacity.

At that point I notice gas running out of the bodywork surrounding the gas tank, and the leak got worse and worse - there is obviously an issue with the tank itself.

I managed to get the panel off whilst DW ran in an informed the gas station of the issue. The gas is pouring from the top of the leading edge. I quickly loosen the drain plug and try and let enough out to drop below the leak, luckily I had a couple of bowls and DW walked back and grabbed the 5 gallon can but I ended up having to remove about 2.5 gallons to stop the leak. It appears that as soon as I was below the leak it stopped fine so there must be a bad weld or pinhole somewhere about half way up.

Drove back home now trying to get a little cleaned up before making attempt number 2 to get to the rally.....
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Well that was short lived......

No more leaking fuel but about five miles into the journey, a car pulls out in front of us, I jump on the brakes (we were doing about 55mph), we stop, but the break warning light comes on and is stuck on, so we must have popped a seal somewhere. Brakes seem to be working fine, but we played safe and drove home. Oh joy!
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Or your brake proportioning valve...

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You maybe right Dean, certainly can't see any obvious leaks.
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Anyone know where the proportioning valve is on an Argosy? Is it built into the MC, as it appears one circuit?
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Follow the hard brake lines to the valve.
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Follow the hard brake lines to the valve.
Thanks, I have tried that. They all seem to come together under the MC, at the moment I can't see there is a separate valve of the valve is mounted to/under the MC. It will have to wait until the weekend now as I am heading to the airport straight from work. Working in Graz, Austria for the rest of the week.

Also it looks like either the lock ring around the sender is loose or the return fuel line is not attached to the send on the tank. So hopefully that is easier to fix than first thought. Fingers crossed anyway!
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Perseverance Martin

You're going through the same year I'm going through, a debugging year. Between broken fan belts, throttle cables, compressors and water check valves it adds up to more down time than I wanted for this year.

Look on the bright side, you weren't far from home.

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Look on the bright side, you weren't far from home.

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For sure, and as I said to DW I had already said I wasn't happy with the brakes - just means it turned from an adjustment to a probable replacement!
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Long ago I was able to free up a PV switch by bleeding the front brakes. Have an assistant pump hard ( not rapidly but with some force) while the bleeder screw is fully open. As your assistant continues to pump, close the bleeder screw as they push slowly on the pedal. Start with the passenger side wheel, then the driver. I use a small section of rubber tubing into a glass container to catch the fluid and prevent a backflow of air into the caliper/wheel cylinder. Hope it's an easy fix.
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Amazing.....after much phoning, emailing, and DW visiting and ask personally, and every 'frigging' truck and auto shop refusing to even look at the brakes on Bella. I have a day off, so go back to square one and 'door-step' the transmission shop which is across the road from our house. The guy says, 'oh yeah I remember your wife coming in....didn't I get back to you? yes of course we can do it'.

Arggghhhhh! I think someone needs to study the impact on life expectancy from the frustration of owning one of these 'old dears'.
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Arggghhhhh! I think someone needs to study the impact on life expectancy from the frustration of owning one of these 'old dears'.
Glad you've found a place to fix it.

What I'm wondering is what's it going to be like trying to find service shops once you take Bella across the pond
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Arggghhhhh! I think someone needs to study the impact on life expectancy from the frustration of owning one of these 'old dears'.
The very same impact as a pre-facelifted Jaguar XJS V12, Triumph Stag TR7-8, all TVR's and Austins, pre 2000 Rollers and all Rovers, Range or otherwise...... I seem to be detecting a common thread here.

Keep a stiff upper lip Martin.
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