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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-03-2009, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Float anf Float Valve Question

What material is the float and float valve made out of? Could they be damaged by contact with your typical aerosol cleaner? Thanks.
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They should be okay. They can stand up to sea-foam. Sea foam is a very good varnish dissolver. Yet it does not hurt the carb parts.

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The floats are High Density Polyethylene plastic (HDPE) and are fuel and solvent resistant.


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Thank you, I kinda suspect that but wanted to check with the experts. Next question. This is a '98 with under 11k miles that I bought 2 months ago. This is my first Vulcan so there is a bit of a learning curve. This is my problem, it starts easily idles smoothly, but between 1500 and 2600 it gets rough with both cylinders stumbling. Above 2600 it smooths out with just the occasional miss. It also pops off badly in decel. I replaced the plugs and adjusted the pilot air vavle with just small success. The plugs show a slight lean condition. For the popping I marbled the engine which took care of that problem. For the stumbling I started looking at the carbs. I drained both carbs several times, each time finding some small black flakes. I tried shooting gumout up the carb drain, no help, still getting a few flakes. Pulled the tank and flushed it. The tank is clean, no rust (someone had sloshed the tank with some sort of tan sealant). Both shutoff valve pick up screens are clean and intact. This is where I might have screwed up, just before I installed the tank I filled the fuel lines to the carb with gumout. The engine started, smoothed out in idle then quit. It now will not start. Verified fuel is getting to the carbs. So what did I screw up and short of pulling the carbs and overhauling them how do I fix it? Thanks.
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You can try sea foam, but I think you will have to clean your fuel delivery from the tank and also the carbs.

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That's my problem. The engine ran before I messed with, it just not well. Now after messing with it (gumout down the carb fuel inlet hose) it won't run at all. What did I screw up and is there a way to "fix" it with out tearing the carbs off and rebuilding them?
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The black flakes sound suspicious to me. What kind of shape are the fuel hoses in? Maybe you're getting some crud in the carbs from the hoses themselves? Fuel hoses usually last a really long time but I've seen them get a little brittle especially around the fittings.

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Good question. Just checked the hoses. Look fairly new, no sign of exterior or interior checking. Still very flexable.
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I am affraid that you will be better off taking out the carbs completly, clean out the bowls, coasting inrichers and jets. I bet you a dime that once you clean them out that your problem will be solved.

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