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Mares Vector Chrome Inflator Unit

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) & Weight Systems' started by Godly_Diver, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. Godly_Diver

    Godly_Diver Registered

    I have a tiny leak on the inflator button of my inflator unit. Does anyone have a spare? or has anyone fixed such a problem? Dive Shop I purchased it from wants me to ship the whole BCD and estimated turn-around time is about 2 weeks...simply can't wait that long, I have dives scheduled. Can take it to a local authorized Mares dealer but they charge too much for such a little and easy repair. Leak is not a major problem right now; I have completed 3 dives yesterday and didn't effect my bottom time or buoyancy control too much, so I can dive with it but don't want to take a risk of this little problem turning into a big one when I am under 60+ feet water. Will appreciate any suggestions.
  2. scubatoys

    scubatoys ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    Can you be a bit more specific on what is leaking?? Is it leaking air from the tank into the bc?? In which case your schrader valve is probably bad... or is it leaking out of the bc into the water through the oral inflator?? Then normally spraying silicone into the mouthpiece while depressing the deflate button over and over cleans off that seat and softens it up so it works again....

    It's a 15 minute fix, whatever it is... so 2 weeks is a little extreme. We would have it out the day it arrived... Is it under warranty??
  3. Godly_Diver

    Godly_Diver Registered

    Thanks for the reply...yes, it's leaking out of the bc into the water through the inflator button area(which you press to inflate the bc) and it's a constant leak, not only when you press it but it leaks as long as air is "on". So, does silicon sprying will work for this? What type of silicon spray should I get and where can I get it.?
    I will try it before taking it to a local shop which charges $20 and plus if necessary to
    eplace parts but parts should be covered under waranty; right?
    Again, thanks for the info.
    R. Duzel
  4. Godly_Diver

    Godly_Diver Registered

    Okay It's done.....it was the housing in the unit which was cracked...so we replaced the unit. Problem's solved!!! Larry, thanks for your time.

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