water filler cap

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  1. mike9jr

    mike9jr Read Only Funster

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    Q another silly question......

    Is there a knack (which I clearly haven't sussed out yet) of unlocking the water filler cap on Besseccar vans?

    I've tried every which way, WD40 into the lock, compared it with the other locks, and still the cap just twists merrily around while the key will not turn in the lock at all. I've pushed it in...gently lifted and twisted...

    Nothing.

    What am I doing wrong??

    Mike
     
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    GJH Funster Life Member

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    It's a common problem, my theory of the cause (and it is only a theory) being abuse by previous owners who don't know how to use the locking caps. I would not use WD40 because of the possibility (however remote) of water contamination.

    In the past I've had success with a tip picked up from previous threads of soaking the cap in hot water for a while but that doesn't always work. It worked on our previous van but not the current one so I bought another cap - OK, it's a different key but I can live with that.
     
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    Yes mines the same, just don't bother locking it:thumb:
     
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    mike9jr Read Only Funster

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    I'd like to lock it if possible, once I suss it out...!

    Its just the lock that won't budge. The cap itself is whirring around nicely.

    Mike
     
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    When it's locked the cap should rotate without coming loose. To remove, turn the key anti-clockwise to unlock and then turn the full cap ant-clockwise to take it out. On replacing, insert the cap, turn clockwise until it stops then turn the key clockwise.

    If it doesn't work like that try the hot water trick or mend it wi' a new un :BigGrin:
     
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    Good GJH, mine does exactly as you said, except for one crucial thing....
    The key will not turn in the lock.... It won't move, even with a little wd, some wiggling and a touch of limited brut force!!!!! :cry::cry::cry::cry:
     
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    Might seem a silly suggestion, but are you sure it's the right key? Could a previous owner have replaced the cap and you've not been given the new key? Just an idea.
    PS. To unlock the cap, you have to hold it to prevent it from turning as you turn the key and to unscrew the cap you have to push it inwards before turning anti-clockwise.
     
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    Non of them work for long whatever make you have they are bloody rubbish
     
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    Yep,
    All of the above, but with some of 'em it's down to technique. You have push the cap inwards and then turn it. Problem with these caps is that you can't get a good enough purchase on the damn things. Use a Marigold gloved hand to get extra grip.

    Mine stuck on my very first outing. Sure, the cap spun round like a dervish, but getting it open was another matter entirely. A fellow motorhomer had watched me struggling and cursing before coming to help. He checked that it was unlocked, pushed the cap inwards, turned it and hey-presto, off it came! I felt so stupid.

    On examination, one of the lugs were damaged, so first thing that I did when I got home was to buy a new one off e-bay. Although it risked minimal contamination, I smeared the merest hint of plumber's silicone, on the rubberised main 'ring' on the cap. Comes off a treat every time.
     
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    LOL... So they are, but i'll be as gentle as possible.

    Its ok, panic over.
    I'm in now :)
    Now I've discovered that my kitchen taps being the trendy modern sort are useless for my hose, and without the said hose, its easier to fill it from inside with a bucket...or 50!!!!
    Oh the laughs we had................:Doh::BigGrin::Doh::Eeek:
     
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    try a clean new watering can from outside, much less of a faff than filling from inside through the access cap
     
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    God.........Must take an age with a watering can!!!
    I can see you point though.... Hose to can to van.... :)
     
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    what we do is fill up with a food grade hose when we start off then top up daily with a watering can or 2

    the watering can also gets used to top up the dogs water bowls and a few other jobs round the van with clean water. great for rinsing off mashed bugs from the windscreen using a handbrush

    with everything in the van we try to ensure the stuff we carry can do multiple jobs if required. saves on payload and duplication
     
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    I had the same problem, when I finely got it off I replaced it with a non-locking cap with a hose connection in the middle of it, job done. :thumb:
     
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