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Old 04-06-2012, 11:03 PM   #11
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I forgot that it is corrosive in solution. When I had the valve off there were bubbles for a few minutes, I'll also try the pinch test. I went on Milwaukee's web site under tech tips and their suggestion for cleaning the needle valve was to drill it out. Seems kind of final, doesn't it?
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Do you think replacing the valves would be a waste of money by putting higher quality gauges on this regulator?
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I don't understand what you mean, replacing the valves by putting higher quality gauges?

I don't think there is anything wrong with the gauges, so long as they are not over pressurized. I recently sold my MA957 after several years of use, and never had an issue with it. I would buy another in a minute if I needed a CO2 regulator, especially at that price point.

Granted, I was not using the original installed needlevalve as I installed a dual manifold/needlevalve setup so I could use the system on multiple tanks... but even the dual system used the same jbj needlevalves and I never had a problem with them.

Personally, I will still be looking towards a nearly emptyCO2 tank... seems like the most likely cause to me, but maybe I was just really lucky with my setup. Even if there is some left, you would only be out $5 or so in CO2, and considering it ran for a year, it would be worth a try to see if changing the tank fixes your issue. Even if it doesn't, you know you have at least another year's supply of CO2 ready to go.
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I meant to say gauge instead of valve. My right gauge is blown and im not sure if its worth replacing. A tank exchange is a good idea anyway.
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Oh ok. I would replace it. Any standard pressure gauge will work. You can get them for $5-20 iirc.
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Thanks to all for the advice.
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