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My first break down...

Started with a distinct smell of fuel at a robot. tried to drive off and engine spluttered and coughed before cutting out. Opened the hood and saw petrol on the block, then petrol leaking from the pipe near the injectors. Turned out to be a perished pipe leading to the injector rail and a loose clip. Put it back on and tightened it and all was well.

Need to replace the pipe thought. Is it a normal fuel pipe you can buy from the parts shop or do I have to replace it with anything special?
 

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It's an Alfa bru....it's special aalnthevway!
 

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This pipe were the reason a few cars burnt to the ground before.

You can get a pipe from the hydraulic suppliers, it must be fuel resistant and able to handle 3 bar pressure.
 

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sjoe boet you are lucky it never caught a light. Glad you are sorted.
Ya shot, lucky it happened soon after I drove away from the parking. I immediately soaked up most of the fuel with an old towel I had and had my fire extinguisher ready (yes I carry one in both my cars).
 

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Anyone know the pipe size otherwise I will have to drive home and undo it for it to be matched
 

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Anyone know the pipe size otherwise I will have to drive home and undo it for it to be matched
I don't know the size, but Cappuccino machine high-pressure hose did the trick for me - did not even need clamps to hold it in place under pressure though I would not over-run my luck so i clamped it anyway. I'll measure it up for you tonight
 

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This pipe were the reason a few cars burnt to the ground before.

You can get a pipe from the hydraulic suppliers, it must be fuel resistant and able to handle 3 bar pressure.
+1. I replaced all my fuel lines a while back, and first used some fuel pipe bought from my local spares shop. It was supposed to handle 3 bar pressure, but one hose split two days after being fitted.

I then replaced all fuel hoses from a proper hydraulic supplier.

It might also be worth your while to check your other fuel hoses for deterioration as well....
 

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Cappuccino machine high-pressure hose did the trick for me
poor cappu machine - no coffee to keep the SW running..no that's dedication ! :p
 

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8mm unless i completely lost my marbles.
It seems there's a shortage of 8mm pipe in Durban and coffee shops have a public notice to watch out for an individual trying to steel their coffee machine pipes...

Midas have 7.5mm available, I'm hoping that half a mil won't make a massive difference?
 

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Midas have 7.5mm available, I'm hoping that half a mil won't make a massive difference?
DON'T buy it from Midas unless you want it to split 2 days later spilling fuel all over your exhaust manifold!:tut:

Have one made up at a suitable hydraulic specialist. "3 bar capable" means it can occasionally handle 3 bar or can be tested to 3 bar. What you're looking for is 3 bar operating pressure. Hydraulic specialists understand this.:thumbs:
 

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don't buy it from midas unless you want it to split 2 days later spilling fuel all over your exhaust manifold!:tut:

Have one made up at a suitable hydraulic specialist. "3 bar capable" means it can occasionally handle 3 bar or can be tested to 3 bar. What you're looking for is 3 bar operating pressure. Hydraulic specialists understand this.:thumbs:
+1!
 

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I had the exact same pipe go on my Spider V6. It started to leak so I nipped it up with a jubilee clip. A few days later the whole pipe burst. It's not just any old flexible rubber fuel pipe. It's actually a reinforced high pressure fuel pipe. The hard inside layer cracks as it gets old and this causes leaks and eventually bursting of the rubber covering. I struggled for a couple of weeks to find a pipe i could chuck on myself. In the end I just took it to Arnold Chatz and they replaced the whole front fuel rail...pipe and all!! Sounds expensive but it wasnt.......if I remember correctly the bill came in at under R1k...not bad for a V6 Alfa. (Quite ALOT under 1k if memory serves!) They don't stock the plastic pipe as a seperate part. It's the whole front fuel rail or nothing!

Personally I'd rather go with the OE part due to the possibility of an aftermarket part failing again and causing a fire. It's perfectly positioned to start a toasty little fire just above all the wiring for the spark plugs and injectors.
 

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That’s crazy you get proper pipe all you have to do is look for it.
The parts that failed were OE, a good quality aftermarket pipe is just as good if not better.
Definitely not worth spending almost R1k for a pipe in my opinion.

But if a customer insist that is what he will get.:thumbs:
 

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DON'T buy it from Midas unless you want it to split 2 days later spilling fuel all over your exhaust manifold!:tut:

Have one made up at a suitable hydraulic specialist. "3 bar capable" means it can occasionally handle 3 bar or can be tested to 3 bar. What you're looking for is 3 bar operating pressure. Hydraulic specialists understand this.:thumbs:
Was that the "Goodyear" branded reinforced pipe?

On hunt for a hydraulic specialist as we type...
 

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Goodyear will be fine what’s the rating ???psi?. If I remember correctly it is rated at 200psi. The fuel system runs les than 50psi
 

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Goodyear will be fine what’s the rating ???psi?. If I remember correctly it is rated at 200psi. The fuel system runs les than 50psi
There's no rating on the packaging? It says Goodyear RAM and states its reinforced piping for fuel systems.

If you think its okay then I'll give it a go and just keep an eye on it for the first couple weeks.
 
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