Solstice 2006-2008, Sky 2007-2008

Quick-Connect Fittings

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Opening & Closing



Metal Collar
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    Tool Required: J 37088-A Fuel Line Disconnect Tool Set, or equivalent.

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  3. Relieve the fuel system pressure before servicing any fuel system connection.

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    Fig. Remove the retainer from the quick-connect fitting-metal collar type

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  5. Remove the retainer from the quick-connect fitting.
    CAUTION
    Wear safety glasses when using compressed air, as flying dirt particles may cause eye injury.

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  7. Blow dirt out of the fitting using compressed air.

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    Fig. Insert the tool into the female connector, then push inward in order to release the locking tabs-metal collar type

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  9. Choose the correct tool from the set for the size of the fitting. Insert the tool into the female connector, then push inward in order to release the locking tabs.
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  11. Pull the connection apart.
    NOTE
    If necessary, remove rust or burrs from the fuel pipes with an emery cloth. Use a radial motion with the fuel pipe end in order to prevent damage to the O-ring sealing surface. Use a clean shop towel in order to wipe off the male tube ends. Inspect all the connections for dirt and burrs. Clean or replace the components and assemblies as required.

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  13. Use a clean shop towel in order to wipe off the male pipe end.
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  15. Inspect both ends of the fitting for dirt and burrs. Clean or replace the components as required.
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To connect


CAUTION
In order to reduce the risk of fire and personal injury, before connecting fuel pipe fittings, always apply a few drops of clean engine oil to the male pipe ends. This will ensure proper reconnection and prevent a possible fuel leak. During normal operation, the O-rings located in the female connector will swell and may prevent proper reconnection if not lubricated.

  1. Apply a few drops of clean engine oil to the male pipe end.
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  3. Push both sides of the fitting together in order to snap the retaining tabs into place.
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  5. Once installed, pull on both sides of the fitting in order to make sure the connection is secure.
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  7. Install the retainer to the quick-connect fitting.
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Plastic Collar


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Fig. Plastic collar type fittings

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    There are several types of plastic collar fuel and evaporative emission quick connect fittings that may be used on this vehicle.



    Bartholomew (1)
     
    Q release (2)
     
    Squeeze to release (3)
     
    Sliding retainer (4)
     
    Push down TI (5)
     

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The following instructions apply to all of these types of fittings except where indicated.

  1. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
    CAUTION
    Wear safety glasses when using compressed air in order to prevent eye injury.

  2.  
  3. Using compressed air, blow any dirt out of the quick-connect fitting.

    Bartholomew style connectors ONLY: Squeeze the plastic quick-connect fitting release tabs.

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    Fig. Opening Bartholomew connector

     
    Q release style connector ONLY: Release the fitting by pushing the tab toward the other side of the slot in the fitting.

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    Fig. Opening Q release connector

     
    Squeeze to release style connectors ONLY: Squeeze where indicated by arrows on both sides of the plastic ring surrounding the quick connect fitting.

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    Fig. Opening straight Squeeze to release connector



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    Fig. Opening angled Squeeze to release connector

     
    Sliding retainer style connectors ONLY: Release the fitting by pressing on one side of the release tab causing it to push in slightly. If the tab does not move, try pressing the tab in from the opposite side. The tab will only move in one direction.

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    Fig. Opening Sliding retainer connector

     
    Push down TI style connectors ONLY: Release the fitting by pressing on the tab indicated by the arrow.

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    Fig. Opening TI connector

     

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  5. Pull the connection apart.
    NOTE
    Use an emery cloth in order to remove rust or burrs from the fuel pipe. Use a radial motion with the fuel pipe end in order to prevent damage to the O-ring sealing surface.

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  7. Wipe off the male pipe end using a clean shop towel.
  8.  
  9. Inspect both ends of the fitting for dirt and burrs.
  10.  
  11. Clean or replace the components as required.
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To connect:

  1. Apply a few drops of clean engine oil to the male connection end.
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  3. Push both sides of the quick-connect fitting together in order to cause the retaining feature to snap into place.
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  5. Once installed, pull on both sides of the quick connect fitting in order to make sure the connection is secure.
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