Need help with my Zippo lighter

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by gone_fishin, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin New Member

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    I have this Zippo lighter that just doesn't want to light. I've put 3 new flints in it and have taken out the packing to make sure the wick is weaved correctly through it and yes it does have fluid in it. It still won't light. It's getting really frustrating. I'm starting to think it might be bad flints. Anyone have any ideas as of why it won't light?
     
  2. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    I know for a fact zippo will replace the lighter if you take time to write them a note and mail the lighter to the company. I am sure the company is in Bradford, Pa.
     

  3. bubbasmouse

    bubbasmouse New Member

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    The Zippo repair address from website is
    Zippo Manufacturing Company
    Attention: Repair Clinic
    1932 Zippo Drive
    Bradford, PA 16701

    Website says they perform repairs at no charge.
     
  4. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Have you tried changing the wick. It might be bad, or the lighter fluid is no good. If the flints are sparking the flints are good. If thier not sounds like you have a bad flint wheel,send it back to Zippo.
     
  5. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    I'd say it's the wick but you can call them or send it to the and they will fix it or replace it, for the cost of shipping for LIFE!! what a deal!!
     
  6. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    I am friends with the owner of Zippo and they will replace the lighter no matter what, unless its a special edition lighter then you can send it in for them to fix it.
     
  7. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    Useonly zippo flints in zippo lighters. the other flints are to hard and wear out the wheel. If this is what happened expect a nasty letter when the lighter is returned.
     
  8. Dano

    Dano New Member

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    They are all right. Done deal.
     
  9. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin New Member

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    I already know about sending back to Zippo. I just didn't know if it was something I was doing wrong or what. I think it might be the flint wheel because it barely sparks or it doesn't spark at all. I have been filling it with a new can of Zippo fluid and using ONLY Zippo flints. Thanks for the replies.
     
  10. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Definatly the flint wheel, I get my dad one every year for Christmas. He collects them.

    DH, very cool that you know the owners.
     
  11. armynavy

    armynavy New Member

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    I used to have nothing but a zippo then I got tired of everyone stealing them so now its 1.00 bic for me. Dont hurt so bad when it comes up missing, you might try coming down in a gentle arch when lighting it also sometimes they like to vapor lock.
     
  12. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin New Member

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    Yeah I'm pretty sure its the flint wheel 8 out of 10 times you try to light it it doesn't even spark and when it does spark you can barely even see it sparking. I don't understand how it went bad, I've used only Zippo flints and I've only used the lighter regularly for about 2 months.
     
  13. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    I've been using Zippo's for years and the biggest problem from what you discribed is fouling of the wheel. Take a small wire brush like a gun cleaning brush and clean of the wheel. When it get full of gunk it doesn't throw off many sparks. If it is an old one you might want to check the spring tention. Stretch it out a little so it puts more pressure on the flint.
     
  14. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    Ya beat me to it Flathead Willie, I have had a few over the years and most have been borrowed and never returned, that was usually the problem, I used to soak the wheel with a little of the lighter fluid and hit it with a wire brush, just be sure that the wheel it completely dry before you spark it!!!

    Aaron

    TA2D
     
  15. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Billie, that is great info. I never thought of cleaning the wheel, I will have to pass that info along to my father. Thanks
     
  16. eggman

    eggman New Member

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    Hey Tea, ol Deerhunter gets around ya know. He also knows the owner of Hostess....maker of his beloved twinkies...heh heh.

    I have used zippos for years and always used the rosenol fluid and flints with no problem....

    egg
     
  17. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Poor Egg, you are taunting the great DH.
     
  18. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin New Member

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    I did stretch the spring out and it works great for about 5 strikes then it stops sparking. I'll have to try cleaning the wheel.