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I just picked up a used 2213 at a garage sale this weekend. Everything seems to be fine with it except the tubing has been wound up and in the garage for who knows how long. I found several kinks in the tubing when I unwound it that don't seem to be going away on their own. Is there a way to get the kinks out so I don't have to buy new tubes?:eek:
 

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Even if you could straighten out the kinks, I would replace the tubing. If its been sitting in a garage for "who knows how many years" I would have a low confidence level in it. $10-15 dollars spent on tubing might save you from cleaning up a lot of water if it failed while you were at work ...:eek: Just my opinion. Others??
 

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$10 is a good deal, but these filters are pretty inespensive. You will pay much more for media and hoses. There are lots of online places that sell eheim parts and media. I like Drs Foster and Smith and Big Als.
 

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Your 2213 uses 12mm ID tubing which is the same size as 1/2" ID tubing. You can get clear 1/2" ID tubing from Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.

Eheim's 12/16mm 4004940 (commonly listed just as 494) tubing has a 12mm ID and 16mm OD which is 1/2" ID and 5/8" OD.

Eheim has 494 hose casings which will help to keep the tubing from kinking.
http://www.petblvd.com/cgi-bin/pb/EHP40096.html

2213 Parts: http://eheim.com/base/eheim/pdf/en/ersatzteile/afilter/2213_classic_GB.pdf

2213 Instructions: http://eheim.com/base/eheim/pdf/en/anleitungen/afilter/2213_classic.pdf
 

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I have in the past, run hot water through a kinked hose with GREAT results.

I hooked up a hose to my hot water heater with a few simple pipe connections and ran hot water through the hose for about 3 minutes. I then un hooked the hose and pushed a wood dowel of the proper dimentions for the inside of the hose to be a little over-sized of the wood dowel. I then ran a little more hot water over the outside of the hose with the dowel still inside the hose keeping it straight for another couple of minutes. All that's needed now it to let it sit for a 5 minutes or so to completely cool and ... Presto, ... hell of a lot straighter than before.
 

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If you have some warm sunny days, you could try laying the tubing out on your porch directly in the sun, or possibly hanging it up from a clothesline. The warmth might soften it to allow the kinks to go away.
 

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I knew this Florida sun had to be good for something. I will try leaving it out in the sun and if that doesn't work I'll try the hot water trick. I was thinking carefully heating the tubes up somehow might do the trick.
 
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