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post #1 of 21
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So, I've finished up my water cooling system after a year of buying parts and researches.

I've set everything up and I'm currently testing for leaks.

I've realized I have a small leak at the bottom of my case in the entrance of my pump, what now?

I mean... I would drain my loop and rebuild something?

I'll upload pictures soon.

Gear:
MCR220-QP Res (rad/res combo, only using as rad)
Stinger V6i
MCP655 pump
Ek Acetal 2bay waterfall reservoir (amazingly pretty!)

Pics:

The leak is coming from past the zip tie on the pump inlet, it's like the zip-tie is not tight enough, I put a second zip-tie now and it seems fine for the past half hour.

Also had a leak from the rad, fixed that.



Edited by shnur - 12/22/10 at 4:42pm
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post #2 of 21
look at your pump and see where its coming from?
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Yeah I saw that, it's in the inlet section; now my seal is good enough, but not perfect, I mean, it barely gets wet, but I wouldn't run it like that.
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post #4 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by shnur View Post
Yeah I saw that, it's in the inlet section; now my seal is good enough, but not perfect, I mean, it barely gets wet, but I wouldn't run it like that.
Is it leaking from a barb beneath the hose? If so, just tighten that clamp.
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post #5 of 21
its leaking from a fitting did you use teflon on the treads?
post #6 of 21
is it leaking from the tube-barb or barb-pump housing?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by valtopps View Post
its leaking from a fitting did you use teflon on the treads?
if its the stock D5, its got built in barbs.

edit: sorry double post
post #8 of 21
Imho, it is advisable to drain the loop, remove the pump, and determine what is causing the leak.

Trying to jury rig a fix on an installed loop may only prove to be futile and frustrating.

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post #9 of 21
^^^this

drain, pull out the pump, and just leak test it on its own at your sink or something. just add a couple of small tubes pointing up, clamp them or what ever you use, fill the tube with water and look for the leak.
post #10 of 21
Is it coming from where the hose is attached to the inlet, or leaking from the pump itself? If the former, drain, tighten down the hose, re-fill, check. If the latter, get a new pump.

I had 6 leaks when I first built my loop, and the water had covered my entire GPU's PCB, gotten all cozy in the motherboard, and had run down my rad into the fan motors. Dried it for a week, rebuilt everything, no leaks, been running smooth since. Believe me, you'll get through it
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