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Old 08-28-2003, 07:02 AM   #1
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Explain this Dump Valve behavior.....

Sometimes my black tank dump valve leaks, and sometimes it doesn't. At a recent rally, I had the blue-thunder hooked up, and it seemed that it was filling up rather quickly...I suspected that we might be leaking, although when I emptied the blue tank, it didn't look/smell funny or anything...

so when I got home, I filled up the black tank w/ water to do a test. I threw some of that valve-lubricant stuff in there, while I was at it, and just let it sit for a while. I checked it every couple of days, and the panel indicators always said it was full. (I also looked at the outlet for signs of a drip...nothing) this continued for about a week. Then when I checked it, the panel indicator showed that it was down to 1/2. I looked in back underneath, and sure enough, there was a wet spot on the ground, and a "drip, drip, drip" coming from the outlet.

I understand that when you dump, its possible for crud to get caught in the seal, which could cause a leak. But why would the tank seal up fine, hold water for a week, THEN start leaking without having moved the valve?

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Old 08-28-2003, 08:11 AM   #2
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I had a similar problem. I finally carefully used a bent coat hanger to run in the groove where the dump valve blade seats. I made sure the coat hanger end was filed round so I didn't tear or score the seal and had a 90 degree bend in the end. I opened the valve and ran the valve seat. I didn't seem to remove anything, but the leak stopped. I tried this before I tried to replace the seal after I realized that I had to drop the belly pan if I was going to get access to the seal.

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Old 08-28-2003, 11:18 AM   #3
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Black Tank Leak

This summer I experienced a big leak when draining either of the tanks.

I found the drain pipe under the bumper area had separated. All that had to be done was to rejoin the rubber joiners and tighten the hose clamps.

I had to drop the rear of the pan.
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