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Old 09-12-2017, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Trim Tab Hydraulic Line leak

Trim Tabs stopped working this weekend. Checked the reservoir and no fluid. Filled it up and actuated the pistons. All fluid dumped pretty quickly out of the port tab line on the outside of the transom. Seemed the leak was directly from a break in the hose and not the fittings. Obviously the lines need to be replaced, but my question is there a way to put a decent temporary repair on this for a couple of weeks without hauling and replacing? I was looking at Rescue Tape, and or slitting a slightly larger hose, placing over and using multiple SS hose clamps.

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The hose on your Insta-trim Boat Leveler tabs slips on to a barbed nipple. You can cut it back and buy a factory collar #12731 and re-install the good section of hose and clamp it. You may be able to get away by using a clamp #12709 which is normally the clamp used at the pump end itself. Freeport Marine is an Insta-trim dealer and just may have the clamp in stock. Good Luck.
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As my friend Mud Runner points out you might be able use a good section of hose.

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Or even just cut out the bad section and hose clamp one of these in place temporarily.

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But those old Boat Leveler hoses can be pretty deteriorated.

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Thank guys. If I try to piece it out by cutting away the bad piece and hose clamp in a temporary piece, do I have to haul to do that or can I just jump in the water? Not sure if water will make it's way into the system if I try it in the water?
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Depends how low in the water they are. I have see people move weight forward to bring the stern up. You'll know if water is in the system if the fluid turns milky. You can use a pipe cleaner as a dipstick to check.

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Going to haul on Friday and replace all 4 lines and collars. Thanks all!
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