Stuck Float Procedure


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tiretread
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Stuck Float Procedure

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Gents, I have an 82 GL1100 that I believe has a stuck float. Engine turns over and gas starts pouring out onto the ground. Gas seems to be coming from up high on the engine, most likely the carb area. I was in the midst of putting together my v-strom when this happened so I didn't adequately diagnose the issue.

Assuming it is a stuck float, what do I need to do to tap on the bowls? Do I need to remove anything? Pics would be wonderful if there is a tutorial out there somewhere in internet land. This is a running bike that has not been sitting (lately).

I apologize for the very broad/newbie question but I'm sitting at work and I'm really wanting to ride the wing this weekend so I'm trying to get ahead of the learning curve. Thanks for any help.


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Re: Stuck Float Procedure

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What has worked in the past for me is starting the engine with the petcock "OFF", running until the carbs are getting low on fuel, then turning the petcock "ON". This can flush out the grit, but only if that is the issue.

Cheap to try.

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Re: Stuck Float Procedure

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jeffcosmo wrote: Tue May 22, 2018 11:21 am What has worked in the past for me is starting the engine with the petcock "OFF", running until the carbs are getting low on fuel, then turning the petcock "ON". This can flush out the grit, but only if that is the issue.

Cheap to try.

Cosmo
Thanks! It surely can't hurt to give it a try.
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Re: Stuck Float Procedure

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Also pour some Seafoam in the tank to possible dissolve some of the crud sticking the float.
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Re: Stuck Float Procedure

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If you take the air box off yoiu might be able to see where the leak is..carb, plenum, or plenum to carb .could be float, o ring, or plenum gasket..
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Re: Stuck Float Procedure

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Well Gents, I got to working on the wing this morning. Poured in some seafoam and with the fuel petcock in the "off" position, started the bike and let it idle until it stopped. Sat on the bike and sloshed the fuel around and then turned the petcock to the "on" position and started it up. Worked like a charm!

Of course now, I have a pretty good oil leak happening. Ugh. I just want to ride the dang bike. Wish me luck with this and thanks for all the help.


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