Problems sealing his Speedi-Sleeve

August 1, 2011 | By Richard Prince


I have a 2/3/8” shaft with a SpeediSleeve installed on it and the seal doesn’t seal. I’m wondering if anyone else has had this problem and found a solution to it. Also, I’m wondering if you know of a source for a 12-volt generator.


Speedi-Sleeves are precisely formed and sized sections of tubing designed to go over shafts with damaged or deficient surfaces to provide a uniform and undamaged surface for the seal to work with. Are you sure the leak you’re experiencing is coming from the seal and not from between the shaft and Speedi-Sleeve? Sometimes oil or whatever fluid you’re trying to contain finds its way through voids between the sleeve and shaft. If that’s not the case with your situation and the seal is leaking then you’ll need to change the seal. Remember, the Speedi-Sleeve is intended to compensate for problems with the shaft’s surface but will do nothing to address a faulty seal.

There’s no shortage of businesses that sell, service and rebuild 12-volt generators. I have been buying generators from John Pirkle (www.johnpirkle, 706-8609047) for more than 20 years and have always been happy with his workmanship and service. He deals only with Delco generators, however, so if you need a different manufacturer you’ll have to look elsewhere.