gas leaking from behind the starter


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gas leaking from behind the starter

Postby stancotreau » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:36 am



You folks helped me diagnose the starter issue in another thread, this is what happened after I pulled out the starter...any ideas??

Gas cam gushing out from the hole once I removed the starter, probably a pint before it stopped. This can't be right?? can it??......... what could cause it?

the only thing I can think of is if the carb had flooded over maybe the gas found it's way in there??

I bought the bike not running so I don't know the condition of the carbs or any history. All ideas are welcome as I am really confused by this

thanks, Stan



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Re: gas leaking from behind the starter

Postby arkansassuperdrafter » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:34 pm

Stan, have you had it running? Sounds like the rings may be stuck letting the gas seep past them into the oil. You probably should turn off the petcock when you are not using it. If you have that much gas, then you have a big leak. I think the first thing I would do is change the oil and pull the carbs to see if the floats are sticking.
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Re: gas leaking from behind the starter

Postby stancotreau » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:39 pm

nope, havent had it running yet. hope it is just sticking carbs.

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Re: gas leaking from behind the starter

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:54 pm

Stuck carb float(s). That's really the only way that much gas can flow past into the cylinders when the bike is sitting. It will easily make its way past the piston rings (gas-washing the lubricating oil off the cylinder walls in the process) and into the crankcase. You need to a) check that your petcock is turned off - if not, find out why it's leaking, b) figure out which carb floats are sticking and un-stick them, and c) change your oil - in that order.




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