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Optimus Hiker+ Cleaning Needle

Discussion in 'Fettling Forum' started by Gavin Mulholland, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Gavin Mulholland United Kingdom

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    Posted this as part of another thread but it got kind of lost.
    I have a new Optimus Hiker+ (I know!) and I'm not convinced the magnet needle cleaning mechanism is working.
    I took it apart and there was a needle, the jet and a small metallic pip that looks like it is made up of tiny ball bearings.
    Running it over a magnet doesn't seem to do anything. Does anyone know how this is supposed to work?
    I have the pip at the bottom of the needle. Again, anyone know if this is the right way to have it?
    Any suggestions appreciated...
     
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    I don't have a Hiker+, so I can't help from your description. Photos are always a help, and will probably be more likely to elicit a response.

    ....Arch
     
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    i will try to find time to pull a burner apart and be able to explain it better .
    i cant fully remember .

    kerry
     
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    I just pulled mine apart and it only contains the cleaning needle which is .6 inches long and the jet. The other item yours has sound like a anti surge device which I have seen before but I can't remember what stove it was in. I also have the same model Hiker+ as yours with the green painted fuel tube.

    Mike
     
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    i just pulled one apart .
    take the jet out .
    and you have the cylinder with pricker .
    it has a hollow in the bottom which can contain metallic crap .
    but that is all there is , no ball bearing .
    the magnets are so polarity wise they work against each other , so pushing the cleaning needle up .
    i hope this helps .

    kerry
     
  6. Gavin Mulholland United Kingdom

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    Guys, apologies for wasting everyone's time.
    I have discovered the problem - it was firmly between the ears.
    i.e. I'm an idiot!
    The little ball-bearing thingy is the fuel line filter and it fell out at the same time as the needle when I inverted the assembly. I made the stupid assumption that it was part of the cleaning mechanism when of course, it was nothing of the sort!
    Cleaned up, reassembled and so far, so good. Seems to be working fine.
    Apologies again and thanks for your help.
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    mate , no problem .
    you are up and running , and have learned a lot .
    all is good

    kerry
     
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    I've found a number of problems in the same place, over the years. Glad you've got the stove working.

    ....Arch
     
  10. Gavin Mulholland United Kingdom

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    Haha!
    Plenty more where that came from I reckon.
    Thanks Arch.
     
  11. Gavin Mulholland United Kingdom

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    I've noticed that the Hiker+ Spares & Repair kit comes with a tube of lubricant.
    What is it that we are supposed to be lubricating?
     
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    G,,day
    the lube is for the o rings on the control shaft .
    a small smear on the flare and thread for the fuel pipe will help in tightening .

    kerry
     
  13. Gavin Mulholland United Kingdom

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    Cool.
    Thanks Kerry
     

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