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Brad W
post Apr 24 2007, 11:23 AM
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I have a kite that has a very small leak. This isn't a problem when I ride BUT if I keep the kite pumped up over night it will start to loose are. I figured I would fix this now before it becomes a bigger problem. I pulled the bladder out of the leading edge and checked it with soapy water and by holding it under water. So far I can't find any leaks... So here is my question. What parts of the leading edge is most likely to leak? How do you find small leaks?

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post Apr 24 2007, 12:18 PM
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Brad,
I had the same problem with my crossbow, it would actually start to get soft at the end of a long session. I couldn't find any leaks in the bladder and was told that the inflation valve was most likely the problem.
The crossbow has a screw in inflation valve, like an inflatable dingy. Sand dirt or whatever can get in the threads and allow the air to slowly leak out.

Check and clean the valve maybe even use a little vasiline or similar stuf to make that seal tight.

In my experience if you have a leak in the bladder itself, it will start to loose pressure instantly. Where you would definately see it doing a soap or bubble test.

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post Apr 24 2007, 12:32 PM
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QUOTE(TPink @ Apr 24 2007, 05:18 PM) *
Brad,
I had the same problem with my crossbow, it would actually start to get soft at the end of a long session. I couldn't find any leaks in the bladder and was told that the inflation valve was most likely the problem.
The crossbow has a screw in inflation valve, like an inflatable dingy. Sand dirt or whatever can get in the threads and allow the air to slowly leak out.

Check and clean the valve maybe even use a little vasiline or similar stuf to make that seal tight.

In my experience if you have a leak in the bladder itself, it will start to loose pressure instantly. Where you would definately see it doing a soap or bubble test.

Good luck


Great idea. I will put it back together, seal it with some vasiline, fill it up with air, and see how it does.


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post Apr 24 2007, 12:37 PM
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QUOTE(Brad W @ Apr 24 2007, 01:32 PM) *
Great idea. I will put it back together, seal it with some vasiline, fill it up with air, and see how it does.


Before you put it back in also check where the valve stem is glued onto the actual bladder. Do the soapy water check there as well while moving the valve stem around. I've seen leaks where the air only leaks out when the stem is pressed to one side.


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post Apr 24 2007, 01:04 PM
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Also check at the end of the bladder where it is heat sealed closed back to itself. I've had a few leak there but like joel said move the bladder end around it may only leak when in a certain position!
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