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For Immediate Release May 12, 2005

Contact: Ann Sabbe

mediaeurope@gates.com

Gates offers submersible fuel line hose

-- designed to handle gasoline on the inside and the outside -- 

In order to complete its product programme for fuel systems, Gates now offers the aftermarket a submersible fuel line hose. The Gates submersible fuel line hose is designed to exceed the SAE 30R10 rating, which is the standard for submersible fuel line hose application, making it the correct hose for submersed in-tank applications.  

Ordinary fuel line hose is designed to handle fuel on the inside only.  The Gates submersible fuel line hose is capable of handling gasoline, alcohol-extended gasoline or diesel fuel in fully immersed, mobile, stationary and marine applications.

The Gates submersible fuel line hose contain a special compound called fluoroelastomer (FKM), which resists gas permeation and retards ageing.  It is also reinforced with aramid fibre - the same fibre as the one used in bullet-proof vests.  This advanced construction allows the Gates submersible fuel line hose to exceed the SAE 30R10 rating, which is the standard for a submersible fuel line hose application, thus making it the correct hose for submersed in-tank applications.

The Gates product port folio for fuel systems contains fuel hose, textile covered fuel hose, submersible fuel hose, hose clamps, fuel caps, hose connectors and appropriate merchandisers.

Note

When an in-tank fuel line hose fails, the pump fails.  A technician could end up dealing with an expensive fuel pump replacement, whereas a few inches of the right hose could have solved the problem.  Unfortunately, too many in-tank fuel pump hoses are still replaced using ordinary fuel line hose, which is not designed for that application.  Gasoline comes in constant contact with the outside of these misapplied hoses, which can cause them to swell and prematurely fail.  In these applications, a hose specially engineered to be submersible is required.