...so what am I doing wrong?
A few weeks ago I traced my "bike can't idle and eventually dies after 10 minutes of riding, then is fine again later" problems to clogged fuel intake parts due to rust in the tank. I emptied the gas tank into a tub and there was lots of flakes of rust of various sizes. Oh boyo.
I tried following the directions in the Verses that calls for:
- Sodium Carbonate (got it from a pool supply store near me)
- Water (from the tap)
- 14 gauge copper wire (I used 14 gauge speaker wire)
- medium sized steel bolt (plenty of these)
- battery charger. I only had a Battery Tender Jr., so I went to Sears and got a Die Hard 10/2/50 Amp Automatic Battery Charger with manual mode.
I set the charger to 10 Amps and put it on low maintenance (non-auto) mode, figuring that the auto mode would shut off at some point.
But, nothing really seems to happen with the mixture in my tank. The battery charger's ammeter is stuck in the red zone (no draw). If I click the bolt to the tank there's a spark so I know there's power there, but after an hour, nothing seems to be happening. Plus the duct tape I have seems to be really cheap and is leaking the sodium carbonate solution through the petcock hole.
I can get better duct tape, and/or apply more layers, but what's wrong with the charging situation? Or am I just not being patient enough?