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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-05-2008, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Bad fuel...

A couple of days ago I was riding my bike up the driveway when it stalled. When I tried to start it I think I flooded it so I let it sit overnight. Today I got it started but it's running really rough and could only start it by taking the choke off and hitting the starter while holding the throttle wide open. It won't idle sounds really bad. I think it might be a load of bad fuel cause it was running fine and just out of nowhere it started acting up.

While I can do minor things on the bike playing with the carbs scares me silly. Any help is appreciated.

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It's probably gas related, but a loose electrical connection can cause the bike to stumble and stall too. Check the battery connections and ground connections because they're easy to check. Make sure they're all tight.

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Put a half a can of seafoam in the fuel and see if it helps. If it bad gas then it should be fine afterwards. Pm also sent.

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You could also try to drain the carbs and see what comes out. Ditto on the Seafoam.

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OK I put about 1 & 1/2 oz in the tank (I only have about a gal of fuel in the tank). How quickly can I expect to see an improvement?

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OK I put about 1 & 1/2 oz in the tank (I only have about a gal of fuel in the tank). How quickly can I expect to see an improvement?

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Seafoam is a solvent and can take a day or so to dissolve whatever is in there. I'd run it a little to work the seafoam all the way into the carbs and let it sit overnight. When you start it up, it could be worse until it gets better. Unfortunately, when Seafoam loosens up the crud, large chunks can shake loose and get stuck in the needle valve. But we can worry about that if it happens.

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OK I added about another 4 OZ of Sea Foam and ran the engine for a bit. It's running worse and blowing blue smoke. Is that typical for this stuff or did I blow something?

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OK I added about another 4 OZ of Sea Foam and ran the engine for a bit. It's running worse and blowing blue smoke. Is that typical for this stuff or did I blow something?

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Sounds like the Seafoam is doing it's thing. Dissolving stuff. That stuff is getting burned up. Don't worry about it. Let it sit overnight (or longer) and see what happens tomorrow.

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OK so I get home from work tonight and pull the bike out of the garage and fire it up. It starts on full choke but where it usually goes quickly above 3K rpms and I have to back the choke down, tonight I won't go above 1500 rpms and when I take the choke off it dies. When I give it gas it sputters and if I don't baby the throttle it chokes out.

Man now I'm really lost...

Ideas?

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patience. Let the seafoam work for a few more days. Sometimes, it takes a while.

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