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Offline Chris_T

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fuel leak
« on: May 03, 2013, 09:17:13 am »
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went to pull the star out and get a few miles in before the weather hits. fire it up back outta the garage and smell something. look down and its pouring fuel! front cylinder's carb is shooting fuel out of what looks like an open vac port. Guess I gotta pull the tank and carbs and figure out whats going on before I can get any riding in  :groan

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Offline LukeNukeEm

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Re: fuel leak
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2013, 09:33:48 am »
Yup I say a little peice of debris is stuck in 1 of the needles

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Re: fuel leak
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2013, 09:37:14 am »
Yup I say a little peice of debris is stuck in 1 of the needles

yea kinda my thought. I'll get it apart later and see what I find. MAYBE I don't need any parts just clean things up. See what it looks like inside. I've been on the road for work so its sat longer than I've ever allowed it to before.
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Re: fuel leak
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2013, 09:54:54 am »
like Luke saide..... i would bet float bowl needle it stuck or trash in it and letting the carb overfill
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Re: fuel leak
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2013, 05:48:51 pm »
More likely that the Ethanol CRAP gas that we are forced to use has deteriorated and swollen the tip on the float needle and it isn't working any more. I say this because it sounds like this started after having the bike sitting for a while. I have had to replace all of the needles in all my carburated bikes in the past few years.  Best way to avoid this is to make sure the carbs are drained  before storing the bikeover the winter.   

Oh, and BTW, Stabil, or the like, won't prevent this from happening.

Your best bet is to buy two float needles and replace them BOTH.
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Re: fuel leak
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2013, 08:27:09 pm »
Chris if your in a pinch I've a couple I took out while chasing a problem.Also while your in there go ahead and remove the jets and clean them real good and run a small wire through them to make sure they are clean.That hose is the vent and fuel will run out it if the needle sticks.
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Re: fuel leak
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2013, 12:02:50 am »
Chris if your in a pinch I've a couple I took out while chasing a problem.Also while your in there go ahead and remove the jets and clean them real good and run a small wire through them to make sure they are clean.That hose is the vent and fuel will run out it if the needle sticks.

I appreciate that, I'll let you know if I need to take you up on the offer.
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Re: fuel leak
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2013, 05:50:29 am »
If I can help my # is 4 2 3 7 1 8 4 0 2 7.
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Re: Re: fuel leak
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2013, 01:09:53 pm »
Yeah, butch is right. The e-gas is a home wrecker for carbs and there rubber parts :(

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Re: fuel leak
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2013, 08:18:33 pm »
You might also try shutting off the gas and running until the bowls are empty. Sometimes the trash will drop out of the needle. Also try tapping the carb with a screwdriver handle and see if it stops. If all of that fails then tear them apart. I am a firm believer in Seafoam also. It cleans and is also a fuel stabilizer. I manage a small engine shop and since the use of ethanol, carbs are our biggest moneymaker.  It's best to use ethanol free gas, here is a link that will find stations in all states that sell it.

http://pure-gas.org/
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