1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL


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1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby baker1931 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:13 pm



I went to start my 1998 goldwing for first time this year----will not fire-----open gas cover and found I had left the gas cap off all winter. I am afraid I have water in fuel. How do drain the carb's ???? Can not find any pictures on where to look.
Need help.
Thanks
Allen



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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby ct1500 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:25 pm

If garaged/parked undercover I doubt water in fuel is the current problem.
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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby baker1931 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:47 am

Thank for reply-------the bike is under a carport not covered up. Still like to try draining the carb's before taking it to a dealership. What is the eases way ????/

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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby maintainer » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:42 am

I haven't owned a 1500 typically it will be the large brass slotted screw head at the very bottom edge of the carb bowls.
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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby raven41951 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:35 am

Rectorseal 68466 1-3/4-Ounce Tube Testmaster Water Detector Paste

I found this on Amazon. This is what you need first. There are many brands of this and you may find some at your local automotive supply house. Apply some to the bottom 4-6 inches of a dowel, or anything you have that will reach the bottom of the tank. Lower the stick to the bottom of the tank and take it out. Water is heavier (denser) than gas and will settle to the bottom, so if there is water then that portion of the paste will turn color. If you have any question, then mix some gas with water in a jar and try it there to determine the color differential of the paste you are using. That will show you what to look for.

Note that it only works once so if you test run first, then you will have to wipe the used paste off the stick and repeat. Also, if you have a huge amount of water in the tank, the paste applied to the stick could all be completely submerged in water and all turn color so you would not see the distinctive color difference. Not likely but to be safe you could apply enough paste to cover all of the fuel in the tank.

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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby spiralout » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:29 am

Take the radiator grill off (probably not necessary but gives you more room) and shine a flashlight at the carbs. The bowl drains are the inner two brass screws. It takes a really long flat head to reach them.

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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby robb » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:50 pm

In the event that fuel drained back to tank it can take several attempts before it will crank. Even with cap off the moisture could not contaminate fuel in carbs or lines after the pump. If tank was empty I might have cancern, but if 3/4 full or more I would not. Nothing a little Seaboard can't handle.
Try working the kill switch few times to clean contacts in case it is problem.
If my bike sets for 6-8 weeks it can take 2-3 minutes to prime the system, but it always starts with patience.

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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby keithg64 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:14 pm

robb wrote:In the event that fuel drained back to tank it can take several attempts before it will crank. Even with cap off the moisture could not contaminate fuel in carbs or lines after the pump. If tank was empty I might have cancern, but if 3/4 full or more I would not. Nothing a little Seaboard can't handle.
Try working the kill switch few times to clean contacts in case it is problem.
If my bike sets for 6-8 weeks it can take 2-3 minutes to prime the system, but it always starts with patience.



Yeah, I don't think I would worry to much about water in your tank. Put a half a can of seafoam in the tank , mix it we'll with the fuel and it will start.
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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby baker1931 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:16 pm

Thanks guys-----I can not believe so many great answers---thanks again---Allen

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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:47 am

Simple way to drain the tank is to remove the seat, disconnect the fuel line add an extension to reach your gas jug, but a charger on the battery and hot wire the pump it will pump all the fuel into your jug..done! or do the same by siphoning..take pump out or just loosen it, tube in the tank suck with tube below the tank..and there you go.
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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:13 pm

RBGERSON wrote:Simple way to drain the tank is to remove the seat, disconnect the fuel line add an extension to reach your gas jug, but a charger on the battery and hot wire the pump it will pump all the fuel into your jug..done!


That's the method I use. It's quick and relatively easy.

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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby baker1931 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:39 pm

I drain the carb's ----took the air filter out and spray a little starting fluid in the carb's and it started right up and after a few minutes it smoothed right out.

thanks for your help---
allen

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Re: 1998 GOLDWING WATER IN FUEL

Postby Big Bob » Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:50 pm

Siphon out remaining gas from tank, add some fresh gas with either seafoam, and or some Isopropyl (dries water in gas) and run the bike. right note to self to not do that again!! hahaha, stuff happens, good luck!!

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