Running on one cylinder? HELP!
Hey guys, new to the forum, first thread. Hope y'all can help me out.
Definitely running on one cylinder. It's an 88 by the way I'll get a picture up soon. Bought it for $900, needed a carb. clean and tires. Has only 14k miles on her. Just wish she'd run consistently.
Some days she'll start and run fine. Definitely needs a new battery, doesn't crank over fast enough, already tried charging it up over night. Lost that after a day or so.
Main problem: putters around my driveway on one cylinder, then when I crank her down the road, backfires a couple times on the left side I believe (rear cylinder??) and then you can feel it kick in big time.
I took it out tonight and it didn't kick in for about a mile or 2, unlike past couple times when I cruised out of my driveway. Cleaned the carb good, was a hell of a time getting it out. Wondering about carb. syncing and fine tuning like the mixture and stuff. Not too familiar with bikes, but I do all my own work on my truck and I got tools and everything, just kinda wondering what the first and easiest things I could check.
Also, seems like theres a bit of gas leaking out of the petcock. Very tiny leak, like barely dripping after I come home after a couple mile ride. Probably should take that off and I hear theres a screen in it? Blow out the hoses to the carbs to, sound good?
Just give me a list of everything to do/check while I take this b*tch apart. Perhaps tomorrow or hopefully sometime soon this week. If I can't do it myself there's a good cycle mechanic down the street, I'm just a bit low on cash, in college and all, so looking to fix her myself.