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Old 02-02-2013, 01:57 PM #1
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Etha issue - massive air leak

Hi guys

This isn't my Etha - but a kids at a site I was at today.
Basically, it is a 2 day event and it is his 3rd time taking his Etha out.

He came to me (not sure why - never worked on an Etha, but have owned an EGO11 and GEO2.1 (as well as many other markers)) where the marker is turned on, aired up and with eyes off, he pulls the trigger and nothing happens. He said he hadn't touched it since last walk on where it was fine. Solenoid wasn't clicking when I pulled the trigger...

I changed his battery for a fresh Procell from my kitbag (I am nice like that) and now the solenoid clicks when eyes are off but it won't dry fire. Eyes are working fine.

I thought "maybe the velocity is too low to cycle the bolt", but the screw was out by a few threads. I adjusted it slight and then WHAM - air gushing from what feels like the top of the front HPR/Reg. I mean, this is a serious air leak. It won't stop if I reverse what I did.

So I turned the air off, stripped the HPR and all O-Rings look fine. Checked his manual and it suggested the 009 poppet shaft oring, but that looked fine too.
At this stage, I didn't want to touch it anymore as I didn't want to make matters worse, so I rebuilt the reg and re-lubed it. Still the same big leak.

Now, I am nice like that and lent the kid my backup marker (even though I am not taking part in todays game and went home early), but i''d like to try to fix his marker tomorrow as I doubt I can play as I have a trapped nerve in my back.

Is there anything I have missed?

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:10 PM #2
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Since you rebuilt the reg, I am going to make the assumption that the reg is leaking 'cause the pressure is too high. IIRC, this is a design feature to keep from blowing the 'noid with too much pressure. Try lowering the pressure a bit to see if it stops. Also, you could try swapping the reg from your Ego 11 and see if the problem continues.

I had a similar problem and discovered the guide shaft and the bumper were wet with lube and gunk causing a suction effect on the bolt. Make sure the the bolt guide stem and bumper are bone dry.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:21 PM #3
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Any chance you can just give us a call in Manchester so we can run through a few things with you?
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:24 PM #4
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Hi Jack

Unfortunately he didn't bring his marker back yesterday so I couldn't look over it again, but he will be contacting you guys about it.
We did have another Etha owner look at it and he also couldn't figure out what was going on - but then we gave up as we didn't want to cause any more strain to it - air was blowing trough it similar to someone pushing the pin in on the air bottle...
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:29 AM #5
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OK, well thanks for taking the time to try and get it working for him. I'm sure it will be something really simple.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:48 AM #6
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Did you ever get it back? If so, what was done to fix it?
(Just for my knowledge so if I ever see it happening again, I can suggest it)
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