Petcock stiff

Petcock stiff

Postby ajs350 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:09 pm

The petcock on my 80 seems to be getting stiffer and stiffer. Is there a way to lube the lever for smoother action?
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Re: Petcock stiff

Postby Rick Pope » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:49 pm

Ross,

If it lasts over 4 hours, see a doctor. Sorry, that was just too easy.

Seriously, you might try applying a bit of spray silicone to the edge of the bright ring around the lever/disc valve. This might work it's way into the surface between the flat wave spring and the lever itself. The back of the lever/disc vale is lubed by gasoline.
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Re: Petcock stiff

Postby daves79x » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:54 pm

Aside from the obvious smart-a$$ 'why is that a problem' comments, yes you can spray the front with some penetrating oil and work the handle and that should smooth it a bit. If yours is original, however, I'd for sure rebuild it with a new rubber. Then you'll be able to clean all the parts properly and it will be good for a long time.

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Re: Petcock stiff

Postby ajs350 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:01 pm

Thanks for the laughs and for the tips. I sprayed liquid wrench on the tap and it is now moving smoothly. How simple was that? :-) As always many thanks for the help.
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