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Old 07 February 2011, 19:21   #1
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Cant turn my valves!

for some reason i cant seem to turn my valves on my Zodiac GRIII. They are all in the up/inflate position and i cant turn them down. I have a slow, even, leak through the whole boat and i couldnt find the leak with the soapy water method and im hoping the valves are the culprit. How do i turn my valves? Ive pushed and pulled and turned like crazy and nothing happens. Help please.
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Old 08 February 2011, 07:22   #2
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I have a similar problem, I cant turn mine to the position to isolate the chambers (mkII Zodiac) so will be interested in any responses.

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Old 08 February 2011, 08:11   #3
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They should just turn, no special trick involved. Yours must be seized I guess.
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The I/C valves are very maintenance intensive. According to Zodiac these valves should be cleaned and lubricated every 6 months. If they are stuck the grease in the valves has probably dried out.
The valves will probalby need to be completely cleaned and regreased.
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All 4 valves feel very seized up. Is it possible they could be the reason I'm slowly losing air? I have major problems finding helpful websites to inform me. If anyone knows a really good site that would be helpful it would be appreciated.
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Someone pointed this one out to me recently, might be of interest to you with regard to maintenance/repair.

http://usmc.boats.dt.navy.mil/crrc/zodiac.asp
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leak

Like most of the people said is true, these valves need regular maintenance so they might be seized if not greased recently.

The leak that deflates the whole is mostly because all your valves are in "inflation" position, so all section of the tubes are communicating at this time. Usually you use the inflation position to inflate the whole boat from one valve. After that, you have to put it in "navigation' position so each sections are independant.

If you manage to turn it all in navigation position, you should get a more precise idea where the leak's at.
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All 4 valves feel very seized up. Is it possible they could be the reason I'm slowly losing air? I have major problems finding helpful websites to inform me. If anyone knows a really good site that would be helpful it would be appreciated.
Not sure if it is the only reason but it certainly could be one of the reasons why the boat is losing some air. Certainly it is also going to lose some air over time as that is normal. i have no clue how much you are losing but some loss is normal.
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