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Old 02-03-2023, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default 97 SL1 gushing fuel please help

I have a 1997 SL1

The fuel line shown below had melted to the side of the engine and when I pulled it off started gushing fuel.

Iím wondering if there is a way to either repair the line using some kind of kit or if it can easily be accessed for replacement.

Iím stranded at work currently and have a lot of tools, just am not sure where this line goes.

Itís the line located right next to the line for the fuel filter

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Old 02-03-2023, 06:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: 97 SL1 gushing fuel please help

Something like below should do it; available at most any nearby FLAPS.

It isn't easy to get those barbs into the plastic fuel line tubing. Lube it with some oil, and you may have to heat the plastic tube a bit. Boil a cup of water (or buy hot coffee) to dunk the tube ends into.

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Default Re: 97 SL1 gushing fuel please help

The plastic fuel line is hard nylon. When factory assembled with preset bends, they're relatively soft and easy to push onto barbed fittings. Unfortunately, after a few years of weathering, service manuals describe heating it to soften it and make it pliable for disconnecting/connecting. My brake vacuum boost uses the same hard nylon and when I attempted to remove it from the intake manifold fitting, it cracked. Short of torching it to soften it, it wouldn't budge. I jumped thru hoops reconfiguring the line because Saturn in their infinite wisdom decided to make each end fitting different. .

If you can heat nylon tubing to the right temperature, it should come off the fitting or as suggested, cut away damage and see if a brass coupling will fit. I don't remember the inside diameter but Saturn uses several sizes. If you can splice in a coupler, be sure to use worm clamps. You don't want high pressure fuel spraying from a repair (35-50 psi?). Heating nylon fuel tubing allows it to form tightly onto barbed fittings as it shrinks tightly from factory assembly without needing a clamp.
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Default Re: 97 SL1 gushing fuel please help

I gotta ask... what part of the engine did that line touch to melt it??? The only thing I can think of hot enough to do that is the exhaust manifold/pipe, and that stuff is a long way away from the fuel line.
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Default Re: 97 SL1 gushing fuel please help

The hot water dip may work.

Else, you might try a "heat gun" (blows hot air, usually from
AC mains fed resistance heater), like an industrial strength
'hair dryer', for other purposes.

[probably some day Dorman/Help will market a splice kit
for the nylon lines, which are fine while they are intact]
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