Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start


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Collystrings
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Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start

Post by Collystrings » Sat May 04, 2019 5:35 pm



I was recently told that my pilot circuit is blocked but my other carb jets are good. I'm a rookie with mechanics so I barely know what that means, but I know it might be why I can't get the bike to start today (after weeks of riding fine). I'm just trying to keep the bike going long enough to have the time + cash to get the work done or to sell it to someone who wants to do it.

My question - how can I get the bike running before getting the carb cleaned? Maybe starting with starter fluid? What's the procedure for that with a GL1000 (1976)? Please help! This plan had been going fine until today. Bike turns over strong but doesn't catch at all regardless of the amount of throttle. Thanks for your help!



DaveO430
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Re: Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start

Post by DaveO430 » Sat May 04, 2019 6:58 pm

If you have been riding it the pilot jets are not suddenly the cause of it not starting. Have you checked for ignition spark? Is the kill switch on?

Collystrings
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Re: Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start

Post by Collystrings » Sat May 04, 2019 7:05 pm

Thanks for your reply - how do I check for a spark?

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Re: Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start

Post by Collystrings » Sun May 05, 2019 2:01 pm

More help please!

The previous owner left me with the ACCEL ignition coils replacements, so maybe he knew that was what was gonna go next. How can I work out if that's the problem, and how difficult is that replacement to do yourself?

Cheers

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Re: Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start

Post by DaveO430 » Sun May 05, 2019 7:18 pm

Collystrings wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 7:05 pm
Thanks for your reply - how do I check for a spark?
If you have extra spark plugs pull the wires off the plugs on 1 side and insert the plugs in the wires, no extra plugs take 2 out of the engine, lay them on the engine, turn the switch on and push the start button. Do you see a spark from the plugs electrodes?

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Re: Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start

Post by DaveO430 » Sun May 05, 2019 7:19 pm

Collystrings wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 2:01 pm
More help please!

The previous owner left me with the ACCEL ignition coils replacements, so maybe he knew that was what was gonna go next. How can I work out if that's the problem, and how difficult is that replacement to do yourself?

Cheers
Both coils did not go bad at the same time. Has it been converted to electronic ignition or does it still have points?

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Re: Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start

Post by Collystrings » Sun May 05, 2019 8:00 pm

Points still - how do I check that system is working?

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Re: Help a rookie - blocked carbs won't start

Post by Collystrings » Sun May 05, 2019 10:39 pm

The bike is working this evening. Yesterday was really hot while the bike was sitting (I live in Texas). Would that cause a problem like this? If so, how do I fix it?

Thanks for everyone's time so far.



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