'95 Hidden Gas Leak?


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'95 Hidden Gas Leak?

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Hey guys, got a project coming up and could use a little advice.

My '95 gl1500 has a gas leak somewhere. When I go to the bike in the morning, no smell or puddle. When I go to start it, it takes 2 tries every time (holding start for roughly 5-6 seconds each try). It runs just fine for the entirety of the trip, but smells like gas pretty quickly. More importantly, I can almost watch the gas gauge go down.

Sunday I went on a 16 mile trip that took a quarter tank of gas according to the gauge :shock: .

Oddly though, after I turn the bike off, no drips or puddles. Just a strong gas smell that lasts an hour or two then nothing until my next ride (multiple days at a time with no smell or drips). I guess I'm going to take the plastics off so I can look at it better, but I was wondering if these bikes have any common places where fuel likes to leak (lines, petcock, carbs)? I'm only a month-and-a-half familiar with Goldwings, so a complete noob :D .





BTW, a little backstory. The bike has only 26,000 miles and had been sitting in a garage for the last two years. Nothing in the service records that I was given indicated fuel-related work.

Thanks guys, I'll update whenever I take a look this weekend or the next.


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Pay attention starting at about the 1 minute mark. This is where mine is leaking.



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When I had to rebuild my carbs it was because the float bowl gaskets were leaking. Since your bike has been sitting for a while any of the fuel related gaskets could have dried out. Good luck!
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It could be any of the gaskets or O rings in the fuel system. You are just better off replacing those parts and be done with it. I did that with my 88 when I got it running after it sat for a few years. I never had any fuel related problems. Remember, these parts are 26 years old. Replace the fuel lines also.
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Cool guys, thanks for the help. I'll update when I find the leak and if I have any more problems.
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dingdong wrote: Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:46 am When I had to rebuild my carbs it was because the float bowl gaskets were leaking. Since your bike has been sitting for a while any of the fuel related gaskets could have dried out. Good luck!
Ditto for me. I had a 94 SE that started leaking fuel onto the exhaust, causing white steam to rise up from below. It was hard to see where it was coming from because it was running down one of the tubes going down under the bike. I took the carbs out and replaced the float bowl gaskets and a lot of other gaskets and o-rings while I was in there. After that it was dry as could be.
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4 months later, but I figured I should update this for anyone else who stumbles onto this thread.

I rebuilt both carbs and accelerator pump with the Randakks kit. It was my left-hand float bowl gasket which was causing the leak.

However, the main reason I wanted to update this thread was to inform others of the Randakks kit I bought. Old posts mention using the "Master Kit", however I could only buy the "Intermediate Kit", which they've now renamed again to the "Carburetor Kit". Don't worry, it's all the same kit, they just keep changing the names. This confused me a little, so I hope I saved someone some trouble.

Carb-rebuild celebration ride:


Thank you guys for the help!
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Thanks for the update. It will be helpful to others here. Glad to hear you are up and running, and you should definitely see a gas mileage improvement.
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Rattlehead wrote: Mon Feb 14, 2022 10:47 pm 4 months later, but I figured I should update this for anyone else who stumbles onto this thread.

I rebuilt both carbs and accelerator pump with the Randakks kit. It was my left-hand float bowl gasket which was causing the leak.

However, the main reason I wanted to update this thread was to inform others of the Randakks kit I bought. Old posts mention using the "Master Kit", however I could only buy the "Intermediate Kit", which they've now renamed again to the "Carburetor Kit". Don't worry, it's all the same kit, they just keep changing the names. This confused me a little, so I hope I saved someone some trouble.

Carb-rebuild celebration ride:

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Thank you guys for the help!


Did you buy the rebuild kit recently? Or did you have it for awhile? It's been out of stock for ever.
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Did you buy the rebuild kit recently? Or did you have it for awhile? It's been out of stock for ever.
Quick Cal,

I ordered mine around late January. Yes, they are out of stock often, but they have 3 in stock right now!
https://www.randakks.com/randakks-own-g ... l-kit.html

Good luck!


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