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Small hole in fuel line??

I was wondering how i would g about fixing the hole in my fuel line for cheap, i didn't know if an apoxy should be used or just a piece of hosing clamped around it, I don't plan on keepng the car for a whole lot longer so don't want to put alot of money into it, just need to stop losing all my gas.

Thanks, Jennie

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  • j_barry2634 Aug 29, 2008

    not sure if it is a pressure line how do i find that out?

  • wasimjanjua2 Sep 23, 2008

    i have the same problem but i dont know if its the pressure line or not how do i figur that out?

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If it is a pressure line it has to be replaced. if it isn't you can cut out the pin hole and take a piece of metal tubing and insert in both ends of hose and use small hose clamps. this is a quick fix for very lil money. hope this helps please rate this solution. thanks

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