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OK guys, I know that the "Shinnys" aren't that common but they seem to have somewhat of a following. Have any of you guys had issues with fuel leaking from the little black rubber plug in the side of the tank? I have taken the plug out and cleaned it up. It is still nice and flexible but does not want to seal up. Has anybody tried some sort of sealant on it? Thanks in advance guys! :)

Here is a pic of the plug (the squarish thing in the center)IMG_20160210_210348_034.jpg
 

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I'm not really familiar with those saws at all but it looks to me like it would be a tank vent.
 

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I'm not really familiar with those saws at all but it looks to me like it would be a tank vent.
Yes behind the plug is the passage to the tank vent hose. I just put a new OEM tank vent and hose because I didn't look that close and "ASS-umed" it was the tank vent hose that was leaking. :cool:
 

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I believe that the plug was initially installed with some sort of sealant that fails over time.

I just remove the plug, clean the tank and the plug with isopropyl alcohol, and coat the sealing area of the tank with a bead of superglue, then reinstall the plug.

Problem solved.

The 488 is a great saw.
 

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What part of Idaho are you from four paws?
 

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Gotcha. Never even been to Idaho and lived in Wyoming my whole life. Worked with some guys from around Montpelier and that area.
 

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Where are you located in WY?
 

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Worland. North central. I worked in the big piney area for a few years though. Kemmerer and Evanston area for a little while also.
 

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I believe that the plug was initially installed with some sort of sealant that fails over time.

I just remove the plug, clean the tank and the plug with isopropyl alcohol, and coat the sealing area of the tank with a bead of superglue, then reinstall the plug.

Problem solved.

The 488 is a great saw.
Thanks! I had thought about super glue but didn't know how it would hold up with the fuel mix. I agree they are great saws and I want to make sure everything is good with this one because I will be sending it down the road to fund another project.
 

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I have heard great things about those saws. If I had a dealer closer I would probably own one.
 

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I've used seal all it's in a yellow tube at most auto parts stores to fix several leaking grommets and cracked tanks no leaks so far.
 
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I know where a nos 488 was if he still has it I'll try to get it .I had a 416 for years great little saw.
 

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From what I remember about 10 years ago I liked it somebody liked it better and stole it from my outbuilding.
 

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OK guys, I know that the "Shinnys" aren't that common but they seem to have somewhat of a following. Have any of you guys had issues with fuel leaking from the little black rubber plug in the side of the tank? I have taken the plug out and cleaned it up. It is still nice and flexible but does not want to seal up. Has anybody tried some sort of sealant on it? Thanks in advance guys! :)

Here is a pic of the plug (the squarish thing in the center)View attachment 10344

any one have a part Number. I have lost the plug
 

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I believe that the plug was initially installed with some sort of sealant that fails over time.

I just remove the plug, clean the tank and the plug with isopropyl alcohol, and coat the sealing area of the tank with a bead of superglue, then reinstall the plug.

Problem solved.

The 488 is a great saw.
 

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I have lost the plug, a part number would be awesome if someone had it. Loaned saw, another lesson learned.
 
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