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PostSubject: Failed Condom   Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:48 am

During 130 miles round trip to Lancaster today (to fix daughters washing machine); and despite the wildfire smoking drifting across motorways, I noticed burning oil smell. Later at lights smoke coming up from exhaust manifold on LHS....

Pulled tank (will skip the crying & wailing about the 'quick release') and pulled the breather return & condom off the separator where most of the oil was lying. Pushing my FINGER in the condom can see it's worn through where it touches the alternator housing (pics below)....

Anyone got some easy fix replacements to avoid buying another OEM one (hopefully shorter so it doesn't foul alternator) ?? guess it has to be oil proof neoprene rubber but not sure cutting thumb off a garage glove will do the trick

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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:47 pm

Failed condom?
DADDY!
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:46 pm

Hi Paul, try a local auto parts shop. Silicone hose end blanking caps. Clean the spigot with acetone or similar , install with a smear of silicon gasket maker type stuff. On all of those hoses I use a single zip-ty or Ty-Wrap, wrapped around twice to prevent a pinch point forming.
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:39 pm

If you have a local rubber store (here in Aust we have Clarke Rubber) you can buy pipe block off ends of all sizes.
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:25 am

Thanks guys - I'll go dig around for rubber stores/auto places...I checked the OEM one would cost 20gbp (mainly postage from Europe)....
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:49 am

i was told you dont need to replace the condom and stick a pill in the fuel every time you fill up?


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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:01 am

Thanks Keith, I'll go to Boots and ask them for some pills to replace condom.....definitely best to cover all angles to avoid anything unwanted happening to the GRiSO Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:26 pm

Vasectomy is even more reliable, just sayin'...
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:15 am

Street wrote:
Vasectomy is even more reliable, just sayin'...

Which bit do you cut off!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:14 am

I already had one of them ......

BTW I stupidly decided to remove alternator belt cover whilst tank & oil separator were off (I have a spare alternator belt)....anyway, the second bolt sheared and unlike other GRiSO sheared and corroded in bolts; this one wouldn't budge with any of my 3 extractor sets. Luckily in process I somehow had managed to drill through dead centre of bolt (despite using a wobbly 90 degrees drill attachment to avoid removing wheel/exhaust/etc). So after failing to extract I just ran a quality & sharp 5mm HSS drill through it and tapped it back out to M6 removing mainly existing old bolt threads.....happy days for a change !


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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:10 pm

nice job paul and love the drill bit attachment!
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:35 pm

Sometimes you get lucky! Not often, but just often enough to keep from slitting your wrists! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:32 am

Just a post note on case it helps.....after worrying about thermal-oil degradation of some of the many (silicon/EPDM etc) radiator caps that would fit, I ordered the OEM one on basis it will be spec'd for the application.  Looking at new and old it's clear that 9 years of heat and pressure have a big effect on the rubber - so I might as well have gone with cheaper local variant.

Either way I'm back on the road Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Failed Condom   Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:30 am

Refitting tank and the annoying small tank vent pipes which have gone hard ..... I found some cheap flexible replacement (and replacement T to match) in garage that is flexible enough to allow you to connect the two vents before fitting tank and still refit tank by twisting pipes back under the frame crossbar; then fit them onto the T.   For couple cents/pence of cheap pipe just makes sure they are fully fitted and you can lengthen them a bit

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