Repairing Your Food Truck’s Leaky Faucet

Food truck kitchens are where food truck owners make their money. At the same time, if you are spending time and effort to keep your kitchen appliances up and running properly, it can be where food truck owners lose money.

Almost any mobile food business that cooks on board is required by ordinance to have both a hand sink and three compartment sink. To get water into these appliances, you have to connect them to your water system which includes a faucet. Water faucets are common items which break down over time.

Not only are leaky faucets annoying but having them replaced is an unwanted expense. A quick and simple way to save a few bucks over the life of your food truck is repairing a leaky faucet yourself.

Step by step process to fix a leaky faucet in your food truck:

Turn Off the Water and Remove the Handle

  • Turn off the water at the valves under the sink, and turn on the faucet to allow all of the water to drain out.
  • Make sure the drains are plugged to prevent small parts from falling in.
  • Use an Allen wrench to loosen the setscrew on the faucet handle, then remove the handle. Be sure to line up the faucet parts in the order in which you remove them. This will help you remember the correct order for reassembly.

Remove the Bonnet, and Ball and Cam Assembly

  • Use slip-joint pliers to remove the chrome bonnet. Wrap masking tape around the teeth of the pliers to avoid damaging the chrome.
  • Remove the ball and cam assembly.

Remove the Springs

  • Fish out the springs and packing pieces with needlenose pliers.
  • Clean out any sediment or buildup from inside the faucet.
  • Remove the O-Rings and Diverter
  • Grab the spout with both hands, and work it back and forth to loosen it. Then remove it from the faucet face.
  • Use the spanner to remove the O-rings, and use needlenose pliers to remove the diverter. Clean any sediment or buildup from the faucet face.

Reassemble the Components

  • Press the new diverter into place, and install the new O-rings. Install the top O-ring first.
  • Coat the O-rings with packing grease.

Attach the Spout

  • Press the spout back into place. Use both hands, and press firmly.
  • Use the spanner and Allen wrench as a guide to slide the springs and packing pieces into place.

Finish the Installation

  • Place the faucet ball into its slot.
  • Install the cam and cam packing.
  • Reinstall the chrome bonnet and handle.
  • Turn on the water and check for leaks.

By doing this work yourself, you can save a lot of time and money by not having to either deal with or wait for a plumber to complete this job. While a leaky faucet may not cost you a lot of down time, the time required to have the work done could keep your truck off the road until the work is completed.

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2017-03-31T08:41:21+00:00 By |Under the Hood|

About the Author:

Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.

One Comment

  1. rich Feb 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I’m new to the food truck world and I have a question. When I fill my water tank the water is spitting back out and I don’t know why. Any help on this matter would be a life and water saver. I was also wondering how to fill my tank if I am leaving my truck overnight somewhere. Is there a tablet I can use to keep the water fresh? Thanks a ton

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