After over 10 years of use, I finally had to do the dreaded task of taking my Spectra out of its tiny compartment. Is has 4 leaks
. 2 involve the ferrules and 2 are on the connectors on the Clark pump
endcaps. I canít see any evidence of cracks in the end caps so that could be simple.
The ss tube where the ferrules were leaking show damage - probably not reparable. While the stains cleaned up nicely with the Dremel wire brush and the 800 grit sandpaper, the loose fit of the new ferrule, and the deep groove look worrisome, especially since I canít simply cut a few mm off the ends. (I doubt even high vacuum silicone grease would plug
the leak for long.). Spectra was wise enough to recommend that I get some of their plastic tube when was back in the US getting spares.
Finally to my question: does this plastic tube last, or is it just a temporary fix? Or is there much chance of the ss tube not leaking?
A lesson to share tho: remove the Clark module, and all of the ss tubes when fixing leaks
. It will give much better and easier access, and you can clean up the tiny bits of corrosion