Carb float problem.


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Carb float problem.

Postby yoland » Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:23 pm



I have two screws on the carb float bowl that look to be seized. You normaly used those screw to empty you carb bowl.. they are difficult to reach with a screw driver...Do you normaly take off the manifold to reach those screw ?

Any suggestions ?

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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby MJSantos » Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:45 pm

Normally you can get to them with a long shanked screw driver. The problem with them is that they are made of brass and the body of the carb has a high Zinc content. After time they will weld themselves in there. Might want to try a get some PB Blaster in there to see if they will come loose. If not then you'll have to pull the carb assembly off the bike to get to them buy removing the float bowls. It's one of those things to ask yourself, is the bike running fine? Do I really need to drain the carbs? I have one on my project bike that is seased and Would not come off even after soaking the carb boiling them and trying everything PB Blaster WD40 you name it. My decision was leave it alone. Why drain the carbs?

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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:06 pm

Wise indeed is the man that knows when to stop fiddling!! :) I would have continued until something broke and then call myself all sorts of silly names as I realise that I didn't really need to drain the floats bowl! :oops: but now I need to find a replacement part which hasn't been sold for years and is as rare as Hens teeth!!

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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby yoland » Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:22 pm

They told me to drain the carbs because my bike is stored for the winter ( from november to may) i live in Canada just got 25 cm of snow today not a good day for biking.. :D if it's not necessary it's Ok with me.. I am working on the bike to have it ready and shiny for this summer..
Thanks for your help have to go snowblowing with my tractor..

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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:15 pm

You can drain the carbs (and the tank) to store for the winter...however, this will leave air in both, which carries moisture, and can (will) cause corrosion, especially in the tank. Also, the residue in the carbs normally kept soft in suspension in the fuel, can harden into passage-blocking solids, requiring a carb disassembly and overhaul to fix.

The better (and far easier) way is to get your tank nearly empty, then put in a good dose of fuel stabilizer or Seafoam (Seafoam is an excellent fuel stabilizer). Then immediately fill the tank to the very top. Next, run the bike for a good 10-15 minutes, to make sure the stabilized fuel is well into every carb and filling every float bowl. Top up the fuel tank, and it's good to go for the winter. This makes sure the fuel is stabilized (varnish and gum won't precipitate out of it), and there's no moisture-carrying air to cause corrosion.

Have a look at the Winter Storage Guide for more winterizing ideas.

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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:19 am

Also your bowls may have been switch around at some time making it harder to gt to the screws while on the bike?? If correct they should be reachable with a long big bladed screw driver.
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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby MJSantos » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:33 am

Here's two extreme examples of gum and corrsion.
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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby thrasherg » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:53 pm

The other thing you can do if this is just for winter storage is start the bike, let the engine get good and warm then turn of the fuel and try to keep the engine running as long as possible. It will not completely drain the float bowls, but they will get quite empty. As Wingman says, the best is just to get the tank as low as possible then add a fuel stabiliser and run the engine until you think the stabiliser has got into all the float bowls and then stop the engine.

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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby yoland » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:54 am

I love this site great information
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Re: Carb float problem.

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:56 pm

Leave it set for the winter?Isn't that what the small screws are for in the tread?Ice traction.When I lived above the Mason Dixon line,I left a battery maintainer on it an ran the bike about a hour at least every other week.Moved it around a bit and topped off the gas.




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