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My reserve tank is leaking and I was wondering if there is a quick easy way to fix it

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Drain the tank, wait for it to be fully dry and plug the hole with a sealing resin/putty - you can find it in DIY shops.

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Try a well chewed mintie or sweet,apparantly I was told it reacts with the petrol and forms a plug,that seals the hole.I was amazed,but have never personally tried it.

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