Engine died while riding


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Bubbalb
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Engine died while riding

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PLEASE HELP. I have 1996 1500se, cruised for about an 1 1/2 hrs and lost engine. It died, had 1/4 tank cheap fuel weather was sunny and hot. Bike temp was half on gauge. Please help. I don't want to be 2 hrs away from home and get stranded.


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Re: Engine died while riding

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Did it run down or just stop?
Any strange noises?
Kill switch bumped?
Does it crank and not start or not even crank?
Check battery voltage.
Check engine vital signs; fuel, compression and spark.
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When it quit, did it start back up at the time? Does it still turn over by starter? Battery still have enough power? Any other accessories or lights out at the same time? Did you change anything on it before your ride? A little more information is needed.
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Engine slowly ran down, but when I grabbed the clutch it died. The only way I could restart was with the choke on then moved to half chock to keep it running. Never had issues with the power source all other items (radio,turn signal and ect) ran fine. I'm kinda thinking it might have been vapor locked
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Re: Engine died while riding

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Did you open the fuel cap? Was there a whoosh?
The vent can clog and the bike will run out of gas even with a full tank.
Does the bike run fine now, or still bad?
Another thing is to check the fuel pump pressure and volume.
Did you have to cycle the key to get it to start? (BAS)
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Re: Engine died while riding

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Fuel caps on these have a pressure valve in them which allows excess pressure (like when you are parked in hot sun) to vent, and allow air in while you are driving to replace the fuel you are pumping out to fuel the bike.

You might've got "Vacuum Locked".

The pressure valve in the fuel cap is supposed to allow about 1 PSI either way, in or out. But the 1500 fuel caps have a habit of getting gunked up internally and then won't vent.

So as you are driving down the road, fuel pump sucking fuel out for the carbs, you are slowly building a vacuum in the tank, to the point where even on a half-tank of gas the pump isn't strong enough to pull any more fuel out of that vacuum, and you slowly "run out of gas". Putting choke on richens the mixture from fuel-starved carburetors.

If this is the case, loosening the fuel cap to allow air into the tank is an instant fix.

The real fix is to remove the fuel cap and soak it 24 hrs in SeaFoam or other solvent to de-gunk the vent valve built into the cap.
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Engine slowly ran down, but when I grabbed the clutch it died. The only way I could restart was with the choke on then moved to half chock to keep it running. Never had issues with the power source all other items (radio,turn signal and ect) ran fine. I'm kinda thinking it might have been vapor locked
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Yes there was a woosh! Got fuel (premium) and now runs fine
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Re: Engine died while riding

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Soak the cap as DenverWinger said. That should take care of future issues.
These bikes don't need premium.
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Thanks y'all!!! I will try soaking the fuel cap. This is my first wing and love it. Y'all are awesome


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