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This is a curious question but one that has plagued me for years. Why is it that a fully fueled, flint loaded, Zippo lighter fail to light unless you snap it a dozen times? They work fine when new, but it seems after a few weeks they become a real struggle to ignite. It"s not because there isn"t enough fuel, or because of a worn flint. What could cause this and does anyone have any solutions?
Hmmm, I"ve never experienced this. My Zippo flames up with the slightest strike. Maybe you get the flint wet when you refuel? Just a guess...
The claim to fame for Zippos is that they light the first time all the time...Which makes me remember this scene:Wait for it... at the 1:00 mark...Four Rooms Lighter SceneShutterbug
The wick needs to be pulled up a little and trimmed. That always works for me, and I need to do it about every four to six weeks or so. Replace the wick when it"s too short.
Zippos should be lit with an upward motion while striking the flint. Moving it up releases any vapor lock (like an air bubble or something)that will prevent it from lighting. Simply move the lighter from waist position to about the chest position while lighting. If that doesn"t work, as Werdna said, the wick may need trimmed. Or perhaps you"re not getting enough spark from your flint. Try tightening the screw that holds the flint.
These suggestions really cover it. I"ve been selling Zippos for over 50 years. They just work.Possibly the flint has found a "worn" spot. Why not remove it and turn it over and try again.

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Zippos work for me every time, I absolutely love them. With a few tricks you can prolong fuel life and it"s all smoking heaven from there :puffpipe:
"I need to do it about every four to six weeks or so. "Huh!??? I"m workin on 2 1/2 years and my wicks fine.DanGabrieli Pipes PS and I"m forever lighting it.