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Help me fix my lighter? Answered

Hello all, I recently found this real old lighter in my basement, so I tried to light it, got some sparks, but the fuel was empty. So I put some fluid in, but had to take out the springy thing with the flint to put it in. Now, there are no sparks, no matter how hard I try to make them. Any suggestions?

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Jackhole (author)2008-09-02

Ah sorry I wrote this so soon guys. I did some research on Youtube (who would have thought) and learned that the thing I thought was the flint is actually just a spacer, and that my flint fell out. I shall now find a flint and replace it, so thanks for any wordless motivation any of you gave me!

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killerjackalope (author)Jackhole2008-09-02

Umm if you find that it still doesn't work chances are the conditions cause the flint to expand in the tube, to check take a pin or a bit of wire and put it up the tube, if you can't push it up until you see it under the wheel then that's what it is, to fix take a dremel or other drill and a drill bit slightly smaller than the tube and spin it to speed, then very slowly lower the lighter on until clear, you'll get a pretty cool little firework show as well. My reflinting and rewicking a zippo might help a little, I haven't got round to the restoration of old lighters 'ible because at the moment all the ones I have are up and running due to the fact that I restored them...

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Jackhole (author)killerjackalope2008-09-02

Yeah thanks, I did that early with a blowgun dart and was able to move the wheel, so it's not in there anymore (I thought I heard something drop when I took it apart...) Yeah and it was actually your Instructable that prompted me to fix it! I used Kerosene though, due to a lack of Lighter Fluid, and it happens to work great.

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killerjackalope (author)Jackhole2008-09-02

Great stuff, I hate it when I see people that just let them sit places and never use them, worse are collectors that will pay double for a lighter never sparked...

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