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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-10-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel line problem

Hey Everyone, I'm a new poster and a new motorcycle owner. I'm so new that the way I found the following problem was that I was looking around for how to check the oil level. You'll see from the picture of where I found the problem how far off I was....

What looks like a blue dot in the gasket(?) near the top of the frame is actually a hole spurting fuel which is reflecting the flash on my camera. So... I'm sure that's not good.

At this point, I actually can't even start the bike. A month ago, it would start instantly with no choke. Over time, I had to use more and more choke. I was blaming it on the weather (it got steadily colder throughout April and early May here). But today, on a nice, sunny day, I could only get it running, and at very lot RPM, with the choke in. It definitely was not going to stay going with no choke.

Anyway, any help at all would be wonderful. Like I said, I really know embarrassingly little about my bike. Be kind...

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Oops. Picture is upside down.... Sorry
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 02:27 AM
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From the photo, that looks like your petcock/fuel valve.... is that what I'm seeing here? hard to tell with the close up and upside down.

Looks like you need to rebuild you petcock/fuel valve at the very least. you can find kits on ebay pretty cheap.

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I wouldn't think that the leak there would cause your starting problems. You could very likely have carb issues as well. something may have gummed up one of your jets. I'd say pick up some seafoam, dump about half the can into a fresh tank of gas and let it run for a good bit and see if that cleans things up.

However, before you do that, get that petcock rebuilt so that your not squirting fuel out that gasket.

......I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere then in any city on earth.

*2014 VN900 Custom (16,200 miles and counting)

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