G faber wrote:
> My guess would be the solenoid, there should be a copper washer (seal)
> has to be perfectly flat, I just got done rebuilding one for my spit,
> soon to be installed.
That was indeed the trouble, I was able to get a friend to run
the car while I was underneath, and it goobered out of
that orifice, right where the solenoid is screwed in.
So I was able to get the solenoid off, and it appears the
mating surfaces are a bit mangled. It appears a previous
owner tried VERY hard to seal this using the hex nut, and
it's a bit bent up. Some of the corners of the hex nut
are bent in towards the sealing surfaces, and were likely
The inner circle of each fitting is ok, I could probably
carefully file down any areas on each surface that stick up. I
don't expect to be able to file things machine-smooth,
but I can get them out of the way on the outside and
at least the inner circle the washer will have a perfect
Any idea if there are washers I can use that might be
slightly more tolerant of an imperfect surface but can
still handle the 500-ish PSI?
As well, because of the cramped area in this particular
install, it's REALLY hard to get it tightened. I would
love also the above washer because it might require
a little less tightening to seal.
Here's a pic of the install, it's cramped. The solenoid
is just above midline of the image, and slightly
left of center. (just visible above the tube steel
...anything more easy-going than copper for a hydraulic
(cc'ed to shop talk, this problem is a leaky fitting
where a solenoid goes into an overdrive, it's basically
about a 500psi hydraulic system and mine was leaking)
Trevor Boicey, P. Eng.
Ottawa, Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org
ICQ #17432933 http://www.brit.ca/~tboicey/
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna get my drink on.