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Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby ferns » Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:33 am



My name is Eugene,

I was given a goldwing GL 1999 interstate anniversary model recently. It is in very good condition but has been standing for almost 3 years now. I am a little concern about the fuel that has been in the tank for so long and the affects of that on the carburetors. Any suggestions



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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby robb » Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:44 am

Does it run, if so then pour about 6oz of seafoam and top off tank. Won't take long and clean fresh fuel will be in use.

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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:43 pm

No no no, Seafoam will not magically turn 3 year old fuel into fresh! Don't run your bike on that terrible old fuel. I would pull the seat off, connect a hose to the output of the fuel pump, put the other end of the hose in a gas can, then run the fuel pump until it has emptied the tank. Dispose of the old fuel as you see fit, and fill the bike with new, fresh fuel.

You could also thread a tube down the filler neck and siphon out the old fuel, you aren't going to be sure you get the most out that way however.

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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby ferns » Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:40 pm

WingAdmin wrote:No no no, Seafoam will not magically turn 3 year old fuel into fresh! Don't run your bike on that terrible old fuel. I would pull the seat off, connect a hose to the output of the fuel pump, put the other end of the hose in a gas can, then run the fuel pump until it has emptied the tank. Dispose of the old fuel as you see fit, and fill the bike with new, fresh fuel.

You could also thread a tube down the filler neck and siphon out the old fuel, you aren't going to be sure you get the most out that way however.


"i think I will follow this method. What about residue in the carburetors itself. It was not clear in all the info if this model is fuel injected is it indeed so!

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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:54 pm

ferns wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:No no no, Seafoam will not magically turn 3 year old fuel into fresh! Don't run your bike on that terrible old fuel. I would pull the seat off, connect a hose to the output of the fuel pump, put the other end of the hose in a gas can, then run the fuel pump until it has emptied the tank. Dispose of the old fuel as you see fit, and fill the bike with new, fresh fuel.

You could also thread a tube down the filler neck and siphon out the old fuel, you aren't going to be sure you get the most out that way however.


"i think I will follow this method. What about residue in the carburetors itself. It was not clear in all the info if this model is fuel injected is it indeed so!


It is not fuel injected. Any fuel left in the carburetors will be long evaporated (unless you've turned the bike on and had the fuel pump fill them up). I would suggest a strong dose of Seafoam in the fresh fuel once you've got it refilled to help remove any deposits that may have accumulated in the carbs during the evaporation.

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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby robb » Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:52 pm

I did ask if it run. If it does the fuel is probably not 3 years old. It don't take that long to run through a tank of fuel.

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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby CWJ73 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:29 am

When in doubt, drain it out. Tank of gas is only $10-15.
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IF YOU WANT TO BE SURE TO GET OUT ALL THE OLD FUEL

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:36 pm

Siphon out as much fuel as you can through the filler neck.

Then you can remove the seat once the tank is half empty and access the fuel pump opening.


(Ignore those red & black wires - those are add-on LEDs lights and not on most bikes)
Disconnect the electric fittings and remove the bolts and pull out the pump.




Then you can siphon the rest ; and wipe up the residual gunk left behind; maybe clean the pump inlet screen and hoses.

Just be sure to get a NEW gasket (about $20) before you open it up. The old one will likely be unusable



The siphon method through the top would probably get MOST of the fuel out - but be aware the fuel tank goes back and down and is shaped like a kidney as it sits in the frame of the bike above the engine.
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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby Bigbiker0 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:43 pm

CWJ73 wrote:When in doubt, drain it out. Tank of gas is only $10-15.


Lucky guy, here a gaz thank is $22.00 to $25.00
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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby CWJ73 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:48 pm

Welcome to oil country. Actually my last fill from E (no flue light on) was $16+.
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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby ferns » Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:22 pm

robb wrote:I did ask if it run. If it does the fuel is probably not 3 years old. It don't take that long to run through a tank of fuel.



"it does not run robb the battery is a gel battery and it does not seem to take a charge. I did not want to start it before some advise. I am pumping the tank empty. Does one have to run it on 92 octane or not. I got some sea foam and will do a combination of the 92 octane with a good dose of sea foam.

Thanks for the advise guys

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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby robb » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:01 pm

No. 87 octane will do as good as any.

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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby bstig60 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:17 pm

I just went thru this. My suggestion would be to do some maintenance before you attempt to start the bike. If the bike has set for a long time, Get the old fuel all out, then clean the carbs, change the timing belts and put in new plugs. While you have everything apart, check all the fuel and vacuum lines for deterioration or cracks and replace any that there is any doubt about. A little work not will save you a lot of grief later. Change all the fluids including the coolant. Then put in a new battery and some 87 octane fuel with 1/2 a can of Seafoam and see if it will run. Before you ride it, my advice would be to put on new tires even if the old ones look good. Remember your life is riding on those tires.
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Re: Goldwing fuel in tank

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:28 am

bstig60 wrote:I just went thru this. My suggestion would be to do some maintenance before you attempt to start the bike. If the bike has set for a long time, Get the old fuel all out, then clean the carbs, change the timing belts and put in new plugs. While you have everything apart, check all the fuel and vacuum lines for deterioration or cracks and replace any that there is any doubt about. A little work not will save you a lot of grief later. Change all the fluids including the coolant. Then put in a new battery and some 87 octane fuel with 1/2 a can of Seafoam and see if it will run. Before you ride it, my advice would be to put on new tires even if the old ones look good. Remember your life is riding on those tires.


Agreed. If the bike has sat for long enough that the fuel has gone bad, I would really consider changing the timing belts before starting it again.




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