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Offline Snype

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Gas cap maintenance
« on: August 25, 2017, 05:38:29 pm »
My gas cap on my 2012 is all but frozen. My stove knob clicks when I turn it.  Suggestions to get this working again?  I used graphite once with no luck

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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 07:10:42 pm »
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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 02:28:30 pm »
Great thread.  I kept digging because it does not really solve the problem, just kind of maintain it.  What I found was the following product.  Going to order a tube and try it.

United Erie E Z TURN Yellow-Brown Fuel Resistant Lubricant

United Erie EZ Turn Yellow-Brown Fuel Resistant Lubricant is designed for use on oil and fuel line valves. The lubricant is resistant to high temperatures and is efficient as a gasket paste and anti-seize agent. It is excellent for tapered plug valves and can be used in marine applications or aircraft engines. EZ Turn lubricant will not gum, dry out or crack and the lubricant is also resistant to high temperatures. Each shipment of United EZ Turn lubricant is independently tested for quality. Available in 5-ounce or 1-pound sizes.


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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2017, 02:41:40 pm »
Let us know how it works.

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Re: Gas cap maintenance
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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017, 08:34:18 am »
I researched that avenue a little.  I heard that people have issues with those leaking gas or fumes. 

My little tube of grease arrives tomorrow.  I'll have at it this weekend and give you a preliminary report.  I'm planning on just doing the  lower lock; though I'd really like to clean out the entire lock.

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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017, 03:22:01 pm »
http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=20069


What he said.  The materials that Kawi used on this gas cap just can't hold up to the fuel.
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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2017, 06:09:08 pm »
Ok... I got out my seran wrap, hunted down my dremel tool, bought a crap ton of new bits, grabbed my screwdriver and began as that thread suggested.  After securing the tank with plastic wrap and a towel, I forced those little crews loose carefully.  That is when I noticed all of the little springs grinning maniacally; quietly chanting, "Free at last!!!"  I stopped to reassess my situation.

I'm not sure if this article was for the 2012 variant or not.    It seemed very clear that if I proceeded the gas cap would oblige my curiosity by exploding into a million peices.  I opted for a, possibly, less successful route. 

I carefully squeezed the grease into the lock mechanism from any angle that I thought I could grease and wiggled the key a lot.

SUCCESS!!!!  After about 1 nickel sized drop, the lock moves almost like new.  This stuff is not suppose to dissolve in gas.  It is very tacky.  Even if this only lasts a few thousand miles between reapplication, I think this is still the best solution for cost/implementation. 

I'll let you know when it starts to get crunchy again.

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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2017, 09:25:10 pm »
I'm not sure if this article was for the 2012 variant or not.

They are all the same

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It seemed very clear that if I proceeded the gas cap would oblige my curiosity by exploding into a million peices.

You can't say I didn't warn as such in the thread :)
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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2017, 11:42:31 pm »
Some warnings are best kept close to heart.

The grease is working fantastically.  I wish I had used it from the start.  I think all of the graphite and other crap I tried to use, screwed it up.
 
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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2017, 05:41:14 am »
The grease is working fantastically.  I wish I had used it from the start.  I think all of the graphite and other crap I tried to use, screwed it up.

I am thinking the same thing happened to me.  BUT, I think it was still going to fail with corrosion, I just accelerated it by using graphite the first go-round.  Don't be surprised when it starts acting up again, you put in more grease, and the second time lasts half the time as the first, and then the next half that time...
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Re: Gas cap maintenance
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2017, 06:37:36 am »
Mine was getting harder to open.
Currently it does not appear corroded like the one shown in this discussion...
I lubed with plain old 3 in 1 household oil.
Great improvement..
My plan is to lube it regularly as long as I can.

Expecting a eventual failure I bought a cap from Gas-Cap-Dude on Ebay.
I liked this design as it's simple and has vents built into it, and the guy was great to work with..
He went out of his way to answer everything and to find me a black cap.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=251245016943&rmvSB=true

I have not installed it yet. My plan is to see how long the stocker works.
When/if it eventually gives me problems, I have 1 ready to install.

Ride safe, Ted