have an 88 t-bird, recently replaced the in-tank fuel pump. the return
line was damaged, and now have a fuel leak. can i use a dorman
compression union for the repair? someone told me that ford offers a fuel
line repair kit (that requires a special ford tool). my local ford parts
dept. has no clue.can anybody help?
What line is damaged? Steel or plastic? If steel, is it the line on the
it's the steel line on the sender, you're out of luck, You have to buy another
If it's a plastic line, it can be repaired, but the plastic line has to be
accept the metal fittings. Boiling water works best. The repair kit from Ford is
plastic line. The special tool is a crimper like device to push the coupler into
line. It may be best approach, but I never saw the tool as a Ford Tech until
Heat the line in boiling water, insert and twist, heat again, push and twist,
again, repeat, ...
I think I'm gonna try this boiling water method on the quick disconnect
fitting at my fuel rail. Will the hot water harm the two O-rings on
the fitting? How much are these crimper tools?
Tom Adkins wrote:
Yes, this does work. I used the barbed union and boiling water trick for many
Last time I tried to buy one at the dealer, though, the parts man said they
available anymore. You can trim the line back a little, just be careful that you
get it too short. I was picturing your leak a few inches back from the
I've also heard of that installer tool, but never saw one. Specialty tools like
are pricy, not feasable for a one off repair. You would do well to just replace
o-rings. They are less than $2 and cheap insurance against a leak.
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