A newbie indeed: in over my head with a used Vulcan
What a huge resource this place is. I'm really glad to have found it but figured I'd start a thread to address a few issues I couldn't find answers to.
Ok, so: this 2000 VN750 was left out way too much. Many of the bolts are stuck or rusted but manageable. One, the final drive gear oil fill cap will not come off. It is so stuck that even with the right wrench it began stripping.
Does anyone have a magic solution beyond WD-40 and hope? I've read about using a propane torch to heat it loose but haven't tried. I actually managed to fill the gear oil from the drain cap, keeping an eye on the mL mark on the bottle to get an approximate 150mL but this is, obviously, an inexact science.
Bigger issue: fuel leaking from the carburetor from what I assume to be the overflows. Circular brass colored rings. Doing some basic research it seems likely that the floats may be stuck, and I am reluctant to take the carbs out and do a total cleaning because I'm terrified of screwing it up (my previous bike was a Suzuki GN125...) I have a can of seafoam and some time, so I was wondering what options I have while the carbs are still on the bike.
Last question: recently, after inspecting the spark plugs and replacing one that was corroded, as well as messing around with the carbs and spilling a good amount of gasoline on myself, the bike stopped starting. Listening, the engine doesn't turn over and I'm inclined to believe the battery is dead: only thing is it's a brand new battery on a brand new charge and I really haven't been giving it a lot of use as I go over and do basic maintenance.
When I push the starter I can hear a slight hiss that gradually goes away. It sounds like it's coming from the carbs but I can't be sure. Priming with fuel? Grim omens of a life without a motorcycle? I'd love to know.
Thanks very much in advance for any help with these questions, and as I'm sure there will be more down the road, I'm very glad to have found this forum.