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JPochron
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Gas smell

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My friend has a 93 SE trike and when he starts it he has to choke it and after it starts there is a gas smell but no leaks. We both had our carbs rebuilt last year and they ran great and started right up no choke. Anyone have any suggestions on where to look or check for the gas leak. Thanks



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What parts were replaced in the rebuilds? Is the choke needed for just cold, warm or hot? You will not find all possible leak areas without a bunch of plastic removal especially if around the carbs. I would be leaning towards a leak around the carbs seeing as how it is difficult to start so something going on there. Does it have CA emissions?
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Re: Gas smell

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Have you been eating burritos?

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Re: Gas smell

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No California emissions. Not sure what we all replaced in the rebuild had a mechanic rebuild them. Since we are in Texas it's mostly warm weather starting. I haven't been riding much as I have some pieces needing to be painted and the painter hasn't gotten to them yet. But I start it often and have to use the choke also and it starts right up. We'll check some of the items you mentioned thanks for the repsonse.

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Re: Gas smell

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Look at the gas cap and you can soak it in seafoam to clean it up. If it still smells then look at that contraption to the right and forward of the gas cap. People call it a petcock. It's a fuel shutoff that will leak. My 89 leaked and I didn't see any evidence right away but could smell the fuel. The 89 was my only transportation at the time so I couldn't have it down while I waited on parts so I eliminated it for the time being by adding a lengthened fuel line from the tank to a new filter. Rode it that way for 3 years then got bored one day and rebuilt the shut off valve and put it back on before I traded it off.



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