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    Not a mechanic, my carb was fine. New tranny from recall at shop. New filter and plugs. Ran fine for two days and now a hard start and won’t stay running unless idle is turned way up or hand in gas. Carb over flows and bike dies

  • #2
    sounds like a stuck float. Tap the side of the fuel bowl with something like a screwdriver handle to see if you can get it unstuck without removing the carb.

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    • #3
      from Solon, IA

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      • #4
        from EL Paso, TX

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        • #5
          from Ontario, Canada. Sounds like the needle and seat (float valve) is letting fuel past and flooding the bowl. Or maybe something is preventing them from closing properly, or the ring that seals the seat is failing. Try lightly tapping on the bowl as davej suggests.
          "It's not the destination...it's the ride"

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          • #6
            From Northern Iowa
            With enough beer you can do anything...D.Pate

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            • #7


              I had this problem with my bike and it ended up being a worn out O-ring on the needle valve seat, also my float bowl gasket was shot and came off in several pieces so that probably wasn't helping.

              I also replaced my intake manifold since it looked cracked to hell on the outside but I don't think that had anything to do with the carb overflowing, however if it has an air leak at the manifold it won't run right even if your carb is good so I would check that as well

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              • #8
                +1 following above comments but Definitely try the tapping method first! If you do have to go into the carb, don't worry too much! I'm just a Sunday wrencher, but managed replacing the float, needle, gaskets, and intake manifold (including a port job) without too much stress or money. Just make sure your space is clean, tools in place, and listen to what the experts here say!

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