Yea kind of waiting to find the best solution. I sent my smoke loader back a couple weeks ago with the leaking hose. Lionel sent me a new smoke loader. Haven't put any fluid in it yet. Ran out of Lionel Fluid. Looking at it today and it almost looks like there is something on the hose at the pump. Like a glue or seal type something at the connection. So don't know if I should fill it up and let it rip or change the hose first, when I get some fluid.