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spaynton
Hello! I recently purchased a near new, in box, Canadian Coleman 431 two-burner stove! Loaded it with some fuel and noticed that liquid white-gas was pooling around the indent under the control valve while the tank was pressurized and in the off position. The leak does come from the little part that turns within the valve to control the flow of gas and not from any of the major screw in fittings. The leak stops while the valve is in any position but off. I have attempted to tighten the generator as well as the valve body itself. I took the control knob off and inspected the little o-ring inside and it appeared to be in decent shape, a little stiff maybe. I was wondering if there was a source available for this o-ring or is me best bet to measure the o-ring and order a Viton o-ring from McMaster?

Is it the o-ring or could it be something to do with another part of the valve body? Is there a check valve that may cause this particular leak? I have included the parts diagram for my particular stove. The o-ring I am referring to is item #16 on the diagram, and part number is 431-131.

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LP
All I can say is I hope you have more luck than I did with my old 432!

It had a very similar mechanism to the one you display. And in the end I pulled the valve assembly off a doner stove (much older!) with a "standard" valve and transplanted it! I have done this to 431 stoves as well - as there were at least 2 variants! The older 431 used the "standard" valve type. The newer ones use the "easi-lite".

So far I have had no luck trying to repair Easi-lite valve related issues. Then again... back then I did not have access to this forum! Good luck!

LP
One must always take the high road - all other roads are dead ends.

LP

ICCC Member #846
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spaynton
Thanks for the heads up LP, I'd love to get this leak fixed using the original valve if possible. I have heard of success on a few other coleman boards with this particular valve. Most just needed to tighten their generator tube which seemed to put enough pressure on the spring inside to compress the little o-ring enough... Others mentioned that you can clean the valve body to loosen a stuck part within the valve body... But I'm fairly sure it is the o-ring... It is an odd flat faced o-ring, not sure if it was just compressed into that shape after years of being installed, or if the o-ring was originally that shape.. I hope a round o-ring will work.
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weasel
Go to NAPA or UAP. Buy yourself an o-ring kit. Should be around $20. You'll also need some loctite for a thread sealer. I can walk you through the repair once you have your supplies. Really easy to do.
Derek.

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Blowtorch
Hello to all in the forum!

You can purchase a 200+ piece O-Ring set from harbor freight.  $7 and S/H.

The sets come in both metric and standard also available in rubber and Viton.

Blowtorch
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spaynton
Thanks both, will update when I replace the o-ring!
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theskydiveguy

Hi

You mentioned directions on how to reassemble - I have O-Rings - can you please explain?

 

Thanks 

 

~Jeff

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Scouter_Angus
Ah, the good ol' Easi lites... worst stove ever made by Coleman.  Makes you dream of a decent 421, or even better, a nice 4M, the best tourist they ever made.

Best Canadian stoves: 500 Speedmaster w. wind baffle for a single, original 4M for two burner, second 414 for large two burner, and the 5A for the 3 burner.
Angus

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Looking for Canadian lanterns 8/30, 10/34, 4/67, 3/64, and any GPA for July 2004.

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theskydiveguy
Thanks Angus,

I bought a 4M today in good shape - I will shelf the 431 for now until I find another tank. 

~Jeff
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weasel
First, have you removed the valve assembly from the tank? If not, you'll have to do that. Getting the core of the valve out is easy, but it'll be impossible to re-insert. Once you have the while thing in your hand, remove the fuel pickup. Then remove the knob. I don't have one in front of me, but iirc, the valve stem is held in place by a nut. Once that's off, just twist and pull the core out. I like to use a little silicone grease as an o-ring lube. One thing I did note is that with those valves, it's easy to think you have a leak. When you adjust the valve, take your hand of the knob. Any sideways pressure will make them leak, even with new o-rings. So, place the core back in, then you can reattach the fuel pickup. You'll figure out pretty quickly why you have to reinstall this way.
Derek.

Looking for (Cdn where possible): 3-2006, 11-2007, 11-73 (Something nickel) 5-79 ( Something pretty for my wife ), 2-47, 10-48.
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Scouter_Angus
theskydiveguy wrote:
Thanks Angus,

I bought a 4M today in good shape - I will shelf the 431 for now until I find another tank. 

~Jeff


You won't regret the 4M. If you can't get the schrader valve to work right on the 431, you can simply replace it with a donor valve assembly from a junker 421, with the lighting lever like on the 4M. We did that with a number of the 431s that our Scout Troop inherited. Can't afford to have valves that might leak just because your hand is on them around someone else's kids.
Angus

There is no armour made that can withstand the Truth. Karsa Orlong
ICCC # 1256
#001 in the Canadian Blues Syndicate (Syndicate Supreme Leader)
#058 in the Coleman Blues Syndicate
Looking for Canadian lanterns 8/30, 10/34, 4/67, 3/64, and any GPA for July 2004.

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paulbarrette
Hi all,
New member, I have an easy lite as well.  I bought it about 10yrs ago but it wouldn't hold pressure.  Recently, I decided to fix it.   I took it apart and replaced the one of the o rings in the valve, the larger one, which was missing.  The front/smaller one was torn .  I am not able to get the front smaller one #16.  From YouTube videos, it was said that it is a 006 but the 006 I have is too narrow.  I tried to order the 3 pack from old Coleman parts, but the $30 shipping to Canada scared me off.  It would be a shame to junk this for an o-ring.  So I thought I would ask the experts. Thanks

Update:. Got an email from Mike at old Coleman parts, he will refund  $28.   So, I placed the order.
Pb
Paul Barrette
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KiaOraBro
Hi all,
New member, I have an easy lite as well.  I bought it about 10yrs ago but it wouldn't hold pressure.  Recently, I decided to fix it.   I took it apart and replaced the one of the o rings in the valve, the larger one, which was missing.  The front/smaller one was torn .  I am not able to get the front smaller one #16.  From YouTube videos, it was said that it is a 006 but the 006 I have is too narrow.  I tried to order the 3 pack from old Coleman parts, but the $30 shipping to Canada scared me off.  It would be a shame to junk this for an o-ring.  So I thought I would ask the experts. Thanks

Update:. Got an email from Mike at old Coleman parts, he will refund  $28.   So, I placed the order.
Pb


Hey bud, new member here as well. Ive been having difficulties with my Easi lite being stuck in the lite position. How did you get on with your o ring replacement? I believe I am missing an o ring on my one as I pulled it apart one night camping, reassembled it without it as it perished and broke when I pulled it apart. Will replacing o ring likely fix my issue or should I just do a full valve replacement. Any help would be appreciated 🙂
Matt Futter
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paulbarrette
KiaOraBro wrote:


Hey bud, new member here as well. Ive been having difficulties with my Easi lite being stuck in the lite position. How did you get on with your o ring replacement? I believe I am missing an o ring on my one as I pulled it apart one night camping, reassembled it without it as it perished and broke when I pulled it apart. Will replacing o ring likely fix my issue or should I just do a full valve replacement. Any help would be appreciated 🙂


Hey Matt,
Still waiting for the oring to arrive.  I will let you know.  I would start with the oring.  If you don't have it in, your stove won't shut off.  If not, I would get a different tank from a thrift shop.  Not a fan of easy lite.

Pb
Paul Barrette
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zoomkat
In the US places like Harbor Freight have O-ring assortments for an inexpensive price.
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