As you will all be able to tell from the title, yes, one of the hard-to-find hoses is about to fail on my '92 2-door. I'm working my noggin pretty hard trying to come up with a durable alternative, but if anyone has a source for a replacement or another solution, I am all ears. Thanks in advance - Chris
hey there MillerAPF92Fox...How about just a replacement length of fuel hose...? I recall doing this on Woody I another lifetime ago...it happened at work: a printing shop with large, billboard format, inkjet printers...one of the machine operators offered me a length of 5/16ths I.D. hose that they would use to repair split lines within the printers: since the ink is corrosive, the line was heavy duty enough to transfer fuel without issue...I used gear clamps to secure the ends; had no leaks, was satisfied with the quick fix, and figured I would fix it properly later on....the repair lasted for the rest of the life of the car...!!! ...more recently I have had to replace a couple of fuel pumps in my B5s, (Passat Wagon & A4), and have used fuel grade hose made by Goodyear to replace brittle fuel lines within the tank...so long as you remember 5/16ths I.D. for the hose you choose, and to get a couple of small gear clamps, you should be okay...though the system IS pressurized; it isn't super high pressure that can't be contained with those materials...Hope This Helps...Be Safe...Best of Success...!!!
Thanks, KRAMMIT. If I'm remembering correctly, doesn't the hose in question have ends of two different ID's? Or is it the pump-to-filter hose that's made like that? It's been long enough since I've had to mess with that area under the car that my memory is less than complete.
Got it going again. I was afraid I was going to have to be out of the car for a while. Took a foot of 3/8" fuel hose, a foot of 7/16" fuel hose and a few brass hose barbs and couplers to do the trick, but a more permanent, appropriate and good-looking alternative is soon in the works.
Miller, you may have just solved my issue as well! I had a hose suffer from unexpected, rapid disassembly, I replaced it, and now I can't keep it running. could have a fuel pressure issue because of a too small fuel hose.
Hey, Who! Makes me happy to think my experience has helped another! Just a thought, though - have you confirmed that the in-tank pump is working properly? I had the hose that THAT pump hangs ftom deteriorate into oblivion, such that the main pump wasn't getting ANY fuel... I'm thinking of a longer-term solution that involves machining some hose fittings and soldering a stick of hard pipe between them, as well as a built-from-scratch accumulator/expansion tank/whatchamacallit to eliminate the goofy hose...
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