Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Used Carb Cleaner for first time...
I have a 96 Vulcan 750 that I recently had serviced. Nothing was wrong with it, but I wanted an expert to check her over. They had mentioned that I should be using premium gasoline (I had been using regular) in the tank, and suggested a few things to help keep the carbs from gunking up.
I decided to use a fuel carb cleaner the other day, and put 4 ounces into the tank as perscribed by the instructions. (one ounce per gallon of tank capacity). Then I filled it up with premium gasoline.
When I went riding, the bike felt a little sluggish. Didn't quite know what to make of it, but it seemed to be ok, so I figured it was probably just me.
After about 44 miles, I started to feel the engine being more sluggish. I was concerned so I started looking for a place to stop and check things out. All of a sudden I started to really lose power, and I pulled to the side of the road. The engine cut completely off. I tried to restart a couple of times but nothing. I sat a moment, and checked the fuel valve to make sure it was in the correct position. Yes, it was. I primed the idle control by turning it up just a hair. Tried to start again. Vrooom...started right up, no problem, and ran smoothly thereafter, though I turned around and headed home, as I was a bit concerned.
My thought is that the additive dislodged some gunk that clogged a line temporarily, but got loose. Whether adjusting the idle did anything or not, I don't know.
My question is, what should I do to verify that everything is OK now? I've never done any maintenance on the bike myself, having only owned it for a year, and I don't want to attempt anything too complex, but if there are simple things I can do, I'm inclined to do them. My initial thought is to replace the fuel filter (although I think it was replaced when the bike was serviced) but I'm open to suggestions.