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Technical Stuff: Locking Fuel Caps

Posted by indigodream on 25 April, 2010

An interim update:

We wrote about locking fuel caps before and how pleased we were with our fuelock. It worked well, a slight fiddle but did what we wanted.

Well …..when we filled up a few weeks ago, I tried to open the fuelock, turned the key in both directions but could not get it unlocked. Now I am not sure what went wrong, was it simply not unlocking or was it sticking? It could just be sticking as I managed to open it by resorting to a bit of brute force.

I filled the fuelock up with WD40 and have yet to see if that makes a difference – we have been too busy off cruising!

From a quick google I note that they are not made any more and that a small number of people have had problems. I must admit that I am bit concerned so even if the wd40 makes a difference and it seems to work fine, I am not sure if I will put it back. Hmm better start looking at alternatives (again)……

Another Update:  WD40 did not work well, tried a few things, settled on engine oil which has worked a treat. Lock seems to be working well now and is back on.

3 Responses to “Technical Stuff: Locking Fuel Caps”

  1. Graham said

    Hi Guys,
    Hope you had a good weekend cruising?
    Locking Fuel caps grrrrrrr, so far mine hasn’t broken the key but it’s only a matter of time.
    catch you soon.
    Graham and Jill

  2. indigodream said

    Alas, no cruising this weekend – Richard’s sister got married (part 1 ) on Saturday so we had to scrub up – best frock, high heels, make-up – the works (Richard wants it know that he wore NEW underwear – I’m sure you needed to know). I jest, it was a wonderful day 🙂

    The wedding part 2 (church blessing) is on Friday so we’ll be back on board on Saturday – hurrah!

    I will not be wearing my best frock on the helm!!!!!

  3. Graham said

    Ah! go on.

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