Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Clemente, CA
Have read MANY posts on carbs/stuck floats...need advice still
I have a 1993 VN750 that I bought in 1999 with 7K miles on it. It sat for 4 years in a garage...I tried cleaning the carbs myself and put it all back together to find that fuel would just flow out the carb vent hose. So I took it to the shop and $750 later I had a great running bike with new floats and pins.
I rode it for about two year, probably 4-5 times a month...then I got a new job and it sat for another 2 years.
Now I'm trying to get her running again, and I"m experiencing the same fuel out the carb vent line issue. I drained the fuel tank and floats first, before trying to start her. One float was completely dry, the other had a tiny bit in it, but not dirty. It starts right up, but I have to give it good throttle to keep it running...smoke and fuel smell comes out the pipes...
I've tried running her like this 3 or 4 times...tried using the handle of a screw driver to unstick the float...drained the floats, and no dirt coming out.
I just put in some Seafoam into my tank today, drained the floats again (first), and now it seems even more fuel is coming out the vent line. I turned the petcock to the OFF position, and it will then idle and no fuel will spill out the vent...I tried the screwdriver handle tapping again, let it run for a minute, and the shut it off before the fuel ran out.
SO MY QUESTION IS (sorry for the super long review of my issue):
Should I keep trying to run her every few days with the Seafoam in the gas now, and keep tapping the carbs? Or do you think my floats are toast and I need to suck it up and take it to the shop again?
Thanks for any help.