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[CAGE]Hole in metal fuel line, is this temp fix a bad idea?

A buddy of mine has a 91 Honda Accord and we discovered a hole in the metal fuel line that runs from the rear of the car all the way up to the fuel pump at the front of the car. The pre-bent Honda part is only $61, but won't be available for a few days. Would it be a bad idea to cut out the bad section of metal fuel line and replace it with rubber fuel line temporarily until the stock part comes in and I actually have time to replace it properly? We're talking maybe a week or two, tops, before I could properly replace it, based on when he would be able to be without the car for any amount of time.

I considered the alternative of buying fuel line from autozone, but I would have to bend it. Plus, they don't have a piece long enough to go from one connection to another so I'd have to get two pieces and join them to make one long piece. I've bent fuel line before, and with the number of bends I'd have to make, I just don't have the time to get it done before he needs the car. So is the temp fix a bad idea? And how bad of an idea is it, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being "don't even think about it")?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 01:42 PM
 
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It would be OK as long as you can zip tie or othewise keep the line up inside the protection of the frame. There is very little pressure generated from the fuel pump so it should be OK as a temp fix...just be sure to put some extra line on and I would double clamp...one about 1/2" to 1" behind the splice and another about 3" up the steel.

I was "off roading" down a gravel/dirt road in my mother's Oldsmobile 98 when I was in high school and damaged a transmission line...I did the same splice for a temp fix until i could get a new tranny line...I learned about the double clamping when the pressure got it or it drug...but the line popped off and squirted fluid all over the driveway

and then I had some 'splaining to do...
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That's not always true Bee...

It may be with that old of a car... but on the newer cars for sure... they have a returning fuel system... They run a higher pressure of fuel and whatever you don't use at the fuel rail is returned to tank. You can usually tell these cause they usually have 3 lines... 1 to the motor, 1 return to the tank, 1 for tank fumes.

But in this case you should be fine... its most likely only metal so that the rubber doesn't dry rot under the car....




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That's not always true Bee...

It may be with that old of a car... but on the newer cars for sure... they have a returning fuel system... They run a higher pressure of fuel and whatever you don't use at the fuel rail is returned to tank. You can usually tell these cause they usually have 3 lines... 1 to the motor, 1 return to the tank, 1 for tank fumes.

But in this case you should be fine... its most likely only metal so that the rubber doesn't dry rot under the car....
Took the words out of my mouth.... don't do it most likely the line is a high pressure line like most brakelines.. if fuel line blows it will pi$$ out fuel all over the place and some unknowing Two Wheeled Rider may be behind the car that is pissing out fuel... just wait for the propper line.. call rent a wreck... and rent a heap for cheap....
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Well, this fix seems to have worked. We checked for leaks before putting everything back together, then I followed my friend home and checked again after we got to his house. No problems. I used bee's advice of double clamping the hose at each end. So far, so good. In fact, when I was under the car, I noticed the brake lines had been previously repaired the same way. I guess this car had been in major rust area because it's pretty bad underneath the car.

It's going to be a major PITA to replace that full length fuel line, but it will get done.
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glad I could help...
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That's good... why so much rust! I've seen some rusted out beaters and never seen that before!




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That's good... why so much rust! I've seen some rusted out beaters and never seen that before!
I'm not really sure. My buddy is like the 4th or 5th owner of the car, so it's hard telling where it's been.
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I'm not really sure. My buddy is like the 4th or 5th owner of the car, so it's hard telling where it's been.
Probably Michigan...everybody knows we love to salt the roads!!




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I was "off roading" down a gravel/dirt road in my mother's Oldsmobile 98 when I was in high school and damaged a transmission line...I did the same splice for a temp fix until i could get a new tranny line...I learned about the double clamping when the pressure got it or it drug...but the line popped off and squirted fluid all over the driveway
It helps to turn the clamps opposite directions too. The twisting action help to seal to the smooth surface.
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Probably Michigan...everybody knows we love to salt the roads!!
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Probably Michigan...everybody knows we love to salt the roads!!
Michigan = = =
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