PETROL, PETROL, EVERYWHERE
PETROL, PETROL, EVERYWHERE
This years project complete
With the waterfall all completed it seemed that my summer tasking on major projects was done……. and then after another 10 hour driving shift I refill the Beemer and arrive home for
a couple of beers in the shade garden. ……. what’s this ?…….. a smell of petrol ?…… well
maybe I overfilled it ?……… no puddles so forget it and attack those welcoming beers.
Next day the same smell of gas but as nothing is apparent put it down to residual smells on
my gloves. Day 3, and riding home I’m getting a sensation that my right foot is getting WET !!
….. and then a slight burning sensation as he fuel has penetrated my sock and is now burning
Inside and consult the Oracle “Google”, prompted by an earlier email from a blog reader
who also has the same Beemer, and sure enough there is the factory recall notice to tell me
the high pressure fuel lines and their quick disconnects are likely to fail spraying fuel onto the
riders right foot !
Consultation with a local Beemer man, who has the replacement parts, gives me the low
down on the subject and it seems the male portion of the connection fails or fractures and
can be eaten by the local crap fuel we are forced to use. Answer fit a metal part!
Well of course BMW in their wisdom and good customer relations will do the work if you
take the bike to them. Nice idea but my nearest dealer is 200 miles away in Grand Junction
and would you be foolish enough to ride 200 miles with high pressure fuel being sprayed
around all over the engine ? Well of course not so I would have to put it in the trailer and
tow it up there for an 8 hour trip + whatever time it would take them to fix. Therefore the
easy answer is to buy the upmarket parts from my local Beemer man, who can’t do the
recall as he isn’t a dealer, and do it myself.
These quick disconnects are obviously on the right hand side of the bike and under the tank
and burried in the bowels of the engine room under all the fairing. How to get in ? Easy if you
have the workshop manual but a bit Sherlock Holmes if you don’t. First undo all the crash
bar coverings including the chromed plastic bit that got broken when the bike fell over on the
Napa trip on the ghastly California cart track roads. Small “gotcha” with the puddle light as
that has to come off to boot!
Now for the main fairing but first remove the glove compartment cover where yet another
bolt lives! Now remove the right side turn signal, the wing mirror, and the moveable lower
air screen, and finally the side fairing itself.
Mirror, turn signal, lower screen, crash bar bits and the broken chromed plastic
Full right side fairing
At last the quick connectors are revealed and a quick start up shows one to be toast. Well
I’m replacing both but one at a time so start with the culprit. The disconnect is hardly
necessary as its broken off inside the female portion and requires the old screw in bolt trick
to remove the offending plastic and its O ring. With that removed now time to remove the
BMW crimped pipe clamp.
The broken quick disconnect
New units fitted, restart, no leaks, so happiness in the form of a few beers is on the Friday
night horizon after refitting nearly all of the right side of the machine.
New metal connectors fitted
All the Torx bolts and the puddle light