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I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to splice the plastic fuel lines on an escort. I need to change the fuel sending unit on my gas tank. But one of the fittings for the return line fell appart. I need to fix it so i can hook my lines back up. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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While I don't recommend splicing any plastic lines, specially if it's a gas line, one way of doing it would be to insert a metal tube, sized to fit tight in both ends of the plastic lines and secure it with 2 small clamps ( the type that screws tight) .
But if I was you I'd replace the fitting ... you'll save yourself some trouble later on.
 

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I am in cape breton. And you can not get the fittings for the fuel lines in a hardware store. They are specalized connectors. I may just cut it all out and run regular lines. It would be a lot of work, but at least I would be able to get parts for it.
I used to live in Guelph ON. Loved it there. You can get anything ever made for cars there. I built a nice probe GT turbo while there. It was great. All of the parts were easilly purchased at varios speed shops in the area.
Now, down here, i cant even get factory parts, let alone aftermarket. And a lot of the online stores dont carry all of the stupid little things that you would find in a shop. Such as fittings and fasteners. They can get them, but never list them.
 

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Yes we have those. But the ends are molded to the lines. ( or glued)
i would destroy it taking it out. Thats why i was going to try to splice the line to put it on. But where it is plastic, you can not use a compression fitting. And i dont really trust hose clamps.
 

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It's just the end of the fitting that's busted right?

So here's what you do.

Go to the wreckers. About 2-3" back from the fitting, cut the fuel line of the wreck and take the end with the fitting on it (duh :roll: ).

If you havn't already, you'll find out that its a two piece fuel line. It has an outer abrasive cover, and a plastic line inside. On the piece from the wreckers, the outer casing will just pull off. With a knife, cut around the end of the inner hose around the fitting, through the line to remove the fuel line from the fitting. You should now just have the plastic fitting with some barbs on the other end. Now on your car, pull back the abrasive cover enough to expose the current fitting. You should be able to do this, if not, just go to the next step and cut the entire line. Following the 'bumps' from the barbs on the existing fuel line, cut immediately behind the old fitting. You'll end up cutting and losing about 1/2" to 3/4" of fuel line, but there will be enough slack in the line to take this up. Insert the new fitting onto the line in your car. This could be difficult as the plastic line is quite hard. You may want to try a lot of lubricant, or even heating up the end of the old line with some boiling water to soften it up some.

Then, don't break the end agian. There may not be enought line left if you try this again. :wink:

Hope that helps :D

Matt 8)
 
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