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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2006, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Question Sticking Rear Fuel Float?

Hi, Kids.

I'm new to the neighborhood, MCycling, and Vulcans so I'll apologize in advance for any misuse of terms and/or stupid questions.

I just got my VN back from a local Kawa dealer. It's a 1996 that I bought used and I had them do a full check and replace all the vital fluids.

They told me that the rear fuel float was sticking, under certain conditions, resulting in some fuel leakage and spotty performance for one of the twins. They suggested that I replace the float soon and that it would run me in excess of 500 bucks. In the interim, they suggested that I start the engine with the fuel reserve set to off, check the exhaust to make sure both twins are firing and then set the petcock to on.

I was wondering if you guys were familiar with this problem and what you thought of thier assessment. Based upon the exceptional feedback, in the Verses and various posts, I have added SeaFoam to the tank to see if that that helps, but I would appreciate any additional details--even prospective bad news.

I don't mind coughing up the dough, but I want to make sure it's necessary before I do.

Thanks in advance!

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You done good with the seafoam. Give it a day or so to see if it helps the problem then report back. Run the bike some to get the seafoam through the system. If you did the 3 oz for a full tank and it doesn't solve the problem, I'd drain the tank and go straight seafoam so it can soak in the bowls. Then I'd drain that after a day and go back with the seafoam/gas mix. See if that helps or fixes the problem. Welcome to the site and all the fun of owning your 750!

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welcome...do as Fergy says...but also even though you just got it back from a service at the dealer unless you actually saw them grease your splines...PLEASE CHECK THEM YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Roger on the above posts. If the Seafoam doesn't clear the float, you can save yourself some major $$$ by pulling the carbs yourself. Chances are the float valve doesn't need to be replaced but has some insoluable crud stuck in it causing it not to seal. You can clear this out yourself for a whole lot less than $500!!. That and you will know whether or not the valve needed cleaning or if it was merely a faulty seal caused by crud.
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Based upon the exceptional feedback, in the Verses and various posts, I have added SeaFoam to the tank to see if that that helps, but I would appreciate any additional details--even prospective bad news.

Hey, a newbie that searched first ! Way to go !

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Thanks again for all of the tips. I am working my way through the tank with the sea foam. It seems to be a little better, but I think I'll have a better idea when I burn the rest of the fuel.
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