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Old 08-04-2011   #1
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Tips for cleaning Leafield PRV?

The pressure release valve on my new raft has developed a very slow leak -Leafield A6. I took it out and held it under the tap, worked it open and closed for a couple of minutes, but it's still leaking. Is there some better technique for flushing out debris? (NRS is sending me a new valve for free, but I'd still like to fix this one as a backup.) Thanks!

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Old 08-04-2011   #2
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Those valves are notorious for going bad and generally being a PITA. Sometimes spraying a bit of 303 in thee can help to, like most valves. You can also get a plug for the outside.

I don't know what to tell you but it's a common hassle and you usually just have to deal. If someone could design a better one that actually works that would be fabulous.

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Old 08-04-2011   #3
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Wash with dishsoap to cut greasy grime - and keep an extra on hand - and buy a cap for emergencies - and top off every morning - and hope Leafield R&D is listening.
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Old 08-04-2011   #4
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Thanks! A second round of washing with hot water and dish soap cured the leak. But now I have a couple of little leaks around the edge of the valve. Argh!!! The fabric isn't crimped, I've tightened it down about as much as I can with a valve wrench... not sure what else I can do. I wonder if the material is a factor (polyurethane); it's not as soft as hypalon and it's thinner, so maybe it's harder to form a seal. I guess I could make some kind of gasket...
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Old 08-05-2011   #5
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You need to take it off again, and reseat it. They are such a pain, but it should go back on OK. Make sure to wipe off the fabric on the inside and outside, to make sure you don't have sand or debris or any other invisible item preventing a seal. A small damp cloth should do the trick.
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q tips and boat cleaner. maybe some goop between the valve and fabric if re-seating doesn't work

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