1988 GL1500 GoldWing - fuel running out - need help!


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1988 GL1500 GoldWing - fuel running out - need help!

Postby rawdawg63 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:04 pm



Hello,
I hope someone can help me with this problem.
I have fuel that starts coming out near the gas cap after the motor is started. It takes about 15-20 seconds after the motor is started, then it flows out of a spot just above the gas cap. it looks like there should be a hose attached to this spot. I have pointed it out in the picture. I've been to a Honda dealer and showed them pictures and they have looked in the service books but can't give me a answer. Their guess was that there is a float stuck.
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Re: 1988 GL1500 GoldWing - fuel running out - need help!

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:24 pm

There guess is right.
The fitting you show is a vent and mine also does not have anything attached there.
Please do not crank the engine.I'm concerned that you may have enough fuel floating around there to hydrolock it.
My best suggestion is....Remove the plugs as a precaution from hydrolock.

Pull the front covers off to be able to get access to the carbs(kinda)
With a long screwdriver,locate and lightly tap the bowls of the carbs,this can release the stuck float.

Add some Sea Foam to the fuel tank.
Just turn on the key and cycle the Kill switch on and off.Each time it is cycled on,the fuel pump will run for 1.5 seconds.
Several cycles usually is enough to fill the carbs.

You can bump the engine over with the kill switch in the OFF position(no spark) to clear any fuel that may have settled into the cylinder.

Please be careful with gas.Fumes will ignite

I mention about hydrolocking because I read about one gl1500 that hydrolocked and when cranked,it broke something inside...

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Re: 1988 GL1500 GoldWing - fuel running out - need help!

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:27 pm

It took me a while to figure out what that pipe was - it is the carburetor air vent pipe, and only existed on early Wings. On GL1500's with California emissions, this connected to a filter, on non-California bikes it was left unconnected as it is in your bike.

I think your Honda dealer is correct - you've got a stuck float in a carb, and it is backing up and overflowing out that vent pipe.

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Re: 1988 GL1500 GoldWing - fuel running out - need help!

Postby rawdawg63 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:03 am

OK, Thanks

I'll take your advice and give it a try.

Thanks Again!!!

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Re: 1988 GL1500 GoldWing - fuel running out - need help!

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:12 am

Above the front radiator cover,remove the 2@ 8mm nuts and remove the radiator guard.
There's a gap between the two radiators,you can just see the carbs through there.

Again,be real careful with the raw gas.We want to read about you riding the bike,not putting out a fire.




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