petcock possibly not working properly


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petcock possibly not working properly

Postby blu » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:47 am



If the petcock assembly is not working properly, could it cause flooding of carbs and produce a gas smell?



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Re: petcock possibly not working properly

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:19 am

Gas smell...yes..it can drip fuel into the plastic tray if the diaphragm is bad.
Flooding.??..It shouldn't.
Flooding would be a float valve not sealing properly.

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Re: petcock possibly not working properly

Postby blu » Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:07 pm

Thank you for your input. I'm not sure what is going on. No fuel in the tray, not leaks most of the time, at a loss, not a mechanic and would not attempt a carb overhaul. Oh, well. Thanks guys.

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Re: petcock possibly not working properly

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:33 pm

Be aware that the petcock can be leaking.
Mine would drip just a little.the plastic tray never had raw fuel on it either...it evaporated pretty quick just leaving the odor

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Re: petcock possibly not working properly

Postby blu » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:01 pm

Thanks, maybe that's the case. I just might replace it to see what happens and then go from there. Again, this is a great forum, many people volunteering their time and knowledge to someone they don't know just because they're fellow Goldwing owners, what a great country.

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Re: petcock possibly not working properly

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:18 pm

If you remove it and look at the weep hole,you'll be able to tell if its been leaking there.
Fuel will leave a stain on the plastic.

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Re: petcock possibly not working properly

Postby redial » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:30 pm

There are rebuild kits for the petcock. And Randakk's has carburetor rebuild kits as well.
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Re: petcock possibly not working properly

Postby 1potter1 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:33 am

According to a very long time trusted GW mechanic that did my carb rebuild do to the float bowls leaking, your problem sounds like a common issue of the float bowl seals bad causing the fuel to leak down on top of the engine due to deteriation from ethanol fuels. If you take your side engine covers off you will probably see the fuel stain on top of the engine. When my float bowl and gas odor issue occurred I was never able to trace the leaking fuel do to it had already evaporated and burned off on top of the hot engine.

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Re: petcock possibly not working properly

Postby blu » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:07 am

Thanks, I was hoping to stay away from a carb overhaul, when I use seafoam the fuel smell goes away. Probably have to take it in and then after repairs are done and $600 less in my account I'll start using some sort of ethanol displacement.




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