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Old 26th October, 2002, 10:54 PM
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Unhappy Leaking connectors!

Hi all,

I've been having problems with one connector on my water cooling setup. I've used the heater core for a VW Polo (as recommended by some of our members) and have kept the blower attached rather than use a 120mm fan. To save some messing around and stop the clear hose from kinking I have used about 12" of the original car hose for the input and output, the a 14mm straight connector to my 1/2" clear hose. Now.... both input/output connections have been secured with a metal hose clamp. Then output is as dry as a bone but the input (fed straight from the 1250 pump) is dripping ever-so slightly.

I've tried a couble of dirrerent clamps and even clipped a bit off the hose to see if it wasnt making a good connection.


Any ideas on what to do? The clamp is at maximum pressure and I don't want to crush the plastic connector!

Any help or ideas are apreciated

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Old 27th October, 2002, 02:31 AM
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You probably have them clamped too tight.

With those metal hoze clips you can easily crimp up the tube my overtightening.
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Old 27th October, 2002, 03:08 PM
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Cheers Holst, I'll check the tightness out.

I must admit that when I saw the leak I was trying to get the tightest fit without crushibg the connector.
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Old 27th October, 2002, 03:16 PM
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you could try putting some of that silicone grease that doesn't dry or just petroleum jelly to get a nice tight seal.
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Old 27th October, 2002, 05:00 PM
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A great alternative to the regular vinyl hose is reinforced 1/2" hosing. Got mine at B&Q brilliant stuff! Hacksaw off the little lumps on the connections to the heatercore, and heat the tuubing in steam from a kettle and it will stretch over perfectly, requiring no clamps!
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Old 27th October, 2002, 06:19 PM
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I thought that stuff ewas awfull RN its just not flexible enough.

The best stuff is silicone, you hardly nead clamps as it seals itself, and its super flexible so it makes building your system dead easy.
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Silicone is good, but so is the reinforced stuff, i've had it bent quite tightly, it just needs supporting otherwise it will pull waterblocks off the CPU etc. But it is even more kink resistant than silicone
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