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Old 05-20-2011, 12:37 AM
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i haven't had any trouble with "the cap"
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:06 AM
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i haven't had any trouble with "the cap"
were in the same boat
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:33 AM
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were in the same boat
Congrats, but owners of these machines fit into two classes. Those who have had lots of trouble and frustration with the caps, and those who will some day.
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:43 PM
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Take the cap and machine to the Stihl dealer. They will replace the cap for free REGARDLESS of the age of the machine. One of my BR600's is a 2005. My Stihl dealer replaced the cap for free on the spot. No questions asked. Despite someone misinforming me about the new caps being screw in, the newest caps are still of the flip design but quality control in manufacturing has been improved along with a new composition of materials that go into the cap.

The new cap is a huge improvement although I really wish they would go back to the screw in style cap. I was the first person on Lawnsite to raise the alarm about the flip caps back in 2005. I just retired that blower to backup status last week.

http://70.85.43.66/showthread.php?t=121293
Talked to my local Stihl technician today about these caps again and he related something new that I had not heard before. The caps have been redesigned because of ethanol and it's effect on the plastic the caps were originally made from. According to him, the plastic would swell and create the problems of just getting the caps off the equipment (my experience exactly). The new caps are supposed to solve the problem. I have tried spraying the cap, once it's out, with Fluid Film with some success. He replaced one cap the last time I had my trimmer in for repair with a new cap and haven't had a problem since with that one. Hopefully they have fixed the problem for good!!
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:57 PM
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Talked to my local Stihl technician today about these caps again and he related something new that I had not heard before. The caps have been redesigned because of ethanol and it's effect on the plastic the caps were originally made from. According to him, the plastic would swell and create the problems of just getting the caps off the equipment (my experience exactly). The new caps are supposed to solve the problem.
My dealer tried the same B.S. excuse on me too. In Maryland we didn't have ethanol in the gas when I was having this problem with my BR600. We were using MTBE as an oxygenate instead. They are 2 completely different compounds.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:22 PM
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out of the box fix for a frustrating stihl fuel cap

i'm tired of the caps, new and old, and just went out looking for generic replacements for my stihl stuff. My BR400 has an interesting work around. I found a cap that fits, and supplies a vent, and comes on and off like a cap should, no tools, no leaks.
So here goes, its an airsoft BB bottle cap. looks like a catsup cap from a restaurant, and the bottle i used held 2000 pellets. The cap is meant to pour out the bb's into the receptacle, and this supplies the vent. i stuff the cap with cotton or other fiber that is fuel proof, that provides the breathing. The cap just screws onto my BR400 with the threads. One can also put a wire thru the BB hole and place a T on it and put this in the tank, then the cap can't be lost. Red ones are easier to find if you lose one. Will attempt to put a pic up of the bottle i used. Good luck with you Stihl fuel caps.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:52 PM
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:13 PM
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ok, going along with the last pic/post made, I think we can agree that it is safe to say this thread has run its course

so, I'll close it down for now...thanks
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