Exmark/is this going to be a problem

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ron mexico75, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,135

    Ron, the screen gives you more surface area. Without it, debris would fill the outlet quickly. The fitting has a o-ring on the inside portion. When the nut is tightened, it pulls the fitting down and seals the bottom. They use Lock-tite on the threads, thus your loosening problem. I have been able to get them apart by holding the nipple and slowly turning the nut. If the nipple is spinning in the fitting, cut it off and try a airgun. The Loc-tite was and is a stupid idea, and I never use it for this application.
  2. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,186

    Anybody knows ya gotta use heat to soften Locktite! Use your common sense there, R. M. 75!
    Put a propane torch to that sucker! That will get er loose!!!!!!!

    It will dam sure loosen up somethin'! Whaddayathink????
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    The elbow piping is not aluminum. Put a magnet on it just to be sure. I bet the magnet sticks. Just grab it with a pair of pliers and turn the nut with a wrench. If you want you can heat it first with a heat gun or hair dryer. It won't explode.

    In so far as the screen goes, if you can't get it back into place, don't worry about it. If you have so much debris in the tank that it would plug up the fitting, you need to adjust your refueling procedures.
  4. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    They do use lock tight on those elbows. A pencil type induction heater would work better then propane.
  5. DaveyBlue32

    DaveyBlue32 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    don't put a handful of marbles in the tank and change the filter once a year...
  6. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,054

    Haven't been on the site since the end of the season. I just got my mower out of the shop. Ended up having to have them fix the tank.
  7. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,135

    They put Loctite on it for safety reasons, then you almost have to use an open flame, on a fuel tank, to remove. :hammerhead: :dizzy:

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