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Old 02-12-2013, 04:54 PM
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A picture would help in providing more input on how to dislodge the plastic piece.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:46 PM
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Just use hot water, shake, and tap the outside of the reservoir to move it toward the opening. Think of it like a puzzle and have fun! Eventually you will get it out. Then, or in parallel, do the cleaning procedure. After you get it out the alcohol will help dry out the water. A blow dryer and time also works.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:30 AM
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Default IT WORKED!!!

Hi guys, thanks for all your input!

After a good night's sleep I went back to take another look at the tank and take a few pics. First of all I wanted to understand the internals of the tank. I took a piece of thick soldering wire and managed to insert it into the tank close to the piece of tubing I lost.

It turned out that Mark was spot on: it was wedged between the crease an the wall. After quite a while I could touch it and slowly work it upwards. It was finally standing vertically with the top peeking above the side wall into the filler area.

Trying different types of tweezers I could grab it but not pull it out. Following POLECAT's advise I went through the drawers with dental tool and finally found a suitable pair of locking plyers to grab it hard enough. Some pulling and twisting finally got it out. SUCCESS!!!

Thanks again for your encouragement, now I can go to work "in peace".

BTW: if anyone has an old unusable tank lying around, it might be worthwhile to cut it open and take a vew pics of the internals.

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Loved Mrmerlins advise on cleaning method.

I was dense enough to try flushing out ages old brake fluid using the old school full stroke method, my son and I soon found brake fluid coming out the bottom of the booster. While waiting on new MC we tried to clean out the reservoir with brake cleaner only. This got it mostly clean, but there was some sort of chalky residue clinging to the walls. It was thick enough to make seeing the level of fluid difficult. We didn't have any simple green, so several squirts of CLR really did the job well! Added a little hot water to it and shook and let sit a few hours. Then flushed with alcohol and dried. Reservoir is spotless inside.

Thanks again Mrmerlin!

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Old 10-03-2014, 06:40 PM
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This a moot post, since it's out, but Merlin wrote:

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you can probably leave the piece in there BUT it may be damaged by brake fluid no telling

Difficult to know but easy, if time consuming, to test.

Take a little piece of the same hose and put it in a shot glass. Then cover it with brake fluid and put the glass on a shelf. Inspect it from time to time for deterioration.
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