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post #3 of Old 07-30-2011
Zanshin
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Unfortunately this does seem to be a rather common problem, most often caused by overtightening. I've done it twice (fills had to be drilled out/replaced), assisted two friends without success, and watched a poor soul with a frozen diesel fill have to postpone his departure for Europe from the Caribbean by 2 days since the torque applied in trying to open up the fill tore out the fiberglass mounting screws so that everything around the fill needed to be re-glassed.
In my case I assume that it was metal-on-metal galling and I hope that MarkSF's great advice will help solve the problem. I've learned my lesson and now only tighten the fills just a touch more than hand-tight.


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