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Redid fuel system on our Islander 32 and only thing left is the fuel inlet hose from the deck to the tank. 1 1/2" hose. The hose is so tight can't get it to budge much. Tried a little light grease on the fittings. Will heat work like on the sanatation type hoses. Only thing have not tried. Any ideas appreciated. THanks
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Heat will work but should be applied gently so as to not burn the ends of the hose and thereby make them brittle. A heat gun or bucket filled with hot water may be preferable to the propane torch in this area. I like a bit of silicone grease on the fittings as well.
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Heat should help. I like using a hair dryer for this because I can dispense the heat uniformly over a wide area of the hose end. Be careful around your fuel as most hairdryers don't have a protected spark.
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I've had good success with heating water to boiling and putting the end of the hose into the hot water for a few minutes.
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I'll give the heat a try....had pulled the tank and cut to cleanout ports on top (each side of the baffle) so future problems should be easier to deal with. Had a crusty film in the tank...(diesel). It's clean now...replaced every line in it so hopefully will help the fuel problems for awhile. Boat had sat up for a couple years when we bought it. Thanks for your input
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