Strong fuel smell while ridding


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hardint
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Strong fuel smell while ridding

Postby hardint » Thu May 13, 2010 11:17 pm



I'm new to this board just found it.
I have an 88 GL1500 and it has a very strong gasoline odor while ridding,I can't find a leak and nothing on the ground after a ride. It's strong enough to give you a headache.I just did timing belts,air filter,plugs and I figured it would be a cracked fuel line but I can't find any dampness anywhere. The tank has a lot of pressure after a ride which I assume is normal,Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks



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Re: Strong fuel smell while ridding

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 13, 2010 11:52 pm

In my experience, if there is no obvious fuel leak in between the tank/filter/pump/carburetors, then the problem is stuck float valves that are allowing the float chambers to overflow. Are you sure there's no leak anywhere else?

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Re: Strong fuel smell while ridding

Postby hardint » Fri May 14, 2010 12:26 pm

Searching and looking today suspecting the petcock I see a drip of fuel down under the airfilter assembly where those **** hoses are,I still suspect the fuel supply lines to the left carb which is where the gas was dripping from,mind you can't see much even with covers off.I sure hate to fight getting the carb up out of that hell hole,if the float wasn't sealing properly wouldn't the bike run rich ?
Dreading the chore but have got to fix it dripping gas isn't good unless an insurance claim is needed.
Any ideas greatly appreciated.

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Re: Strong fuel smell while ridding

Postby hardint » Sat May 15, 2010 10:15 pm

Worked on the bike today and the fuel leak is coming from the right carb, I suppose it's may be the float valve,Man what a job getting them off the bike,dreading like heck reinstalling them ,the water hose clamps are a PITA.
Not sure if I want to tackle the rebuild,anyone know of a knowledgeable rebuilder at a fair price and where to get a rebuild kit ?

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Re: Strong fuel smell while ridding

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 16, 2010 12:23 pm

I know Randakk's handles only GL1000-GL1200, but I'm sure he could recommend someone, and I would trust anyone that he recommended.

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Re: Strong fuel smell while ridding

Postby raycw » Fri May 21, 2010 12:21 pm

I've been seeing more and more problems coming from the accelerator pump area. There is a tube that connects the pump itself with the upper carb plate (where the fuel actually gets pumped into the throttle venturi) There are 2 orings on this tube and this is where I've been seeing the leaks. The orings are not available from Honda (at least not by actual part number) but are available with the 'joint set'. $26.00 for 2 orings is a little on the expensive side.

I was able to find some orings at a local auto parts store that are a perfect match. I have some extras if you find that this is the location of your leak. Let me know and I can send you a pair.

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Re: Strong fuel smell while ridding

Postby hardint » Mon May 31, 2010 5:49 pm

I bet your are dead on on the o rings,I pulled the carbs and took them to the local bike guy,new kits and ultrasonic cleaning. Hopefully all goes well hope to have them back this week.
Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Strong fuel smell while ridding

Postby hardint » Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:49 pm

I should have rebuilt the carbs myself,still waiting on my local guy I know he is a busy guy and had to order the kits but if you take the work you shoud try to get it out asap .hopefully I will get to ride soon.




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