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Need Help With Fuel Leak

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Tech Talk' started by beckssportster883, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. beckssportster883

    beckssportster883 New Member

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    I have a 04 Sportster 883. During a poker run today, I realized that while parked at a stop, fuel was coming out of the overflow tube. When I shut the petcock off it stopped. If I opened the petcock and plugged the overflow hose, it would back up and flow out of the carburetor. I didn't know if possibly the float was stuck or if something else could cause this situation. I see the listings for the CVP Stage 1 Tuners Kit but didn't know if this would help me with my issue. Any advice I can get would be greatly appreciated. I am a new Harley owner and learning as I go.
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    You probably have a piece of debris in the inlet valve. Try running the engine with the petcock off until the float bowl is empty, then open the petcock. It might flush the crap outta the needle & seat. Worked for me once.
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    chucktx Moderator Staff Member

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    float is stuck. try the above. if that doesnt work remove the bowl and clean the valve. a simple repair....just follow the factory manual........
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    If you don't have a "in line" fuel filter ...you might want to get one...would help keep the debri from getting to your carb...
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    tap the bowl with a screwdriver handle. Might loosen up the float if it's stuck,
    otherwise, turn off fuel, remove air filter, remove bowl, drain and clean up

    Also if this has happened it's a good chance that you have flooded the engine cases
    with gas where gas should not be.

    Drain the oil and change it and the filter as well, if the bike was on it's side stand
    the gas will drain down the intake and past the valves into the cly, wash the walls
    and dilute the oil.

    Just change it out once you fix the float to be sure...
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    chucktx Moderator Staff Member

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    good advise
  7. beckssportster883

    beckssportster883 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, I'm gonna swing by the Harley dealer and get a gasket kit and pull it apart this weekend. I am also going to install an inline filter. I would have thought that the inline filter was a factory installed part, guess not.

    Again, thank you.
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    chucktx Moderator Staff Member

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    there is a screen in the tank....you get to it by removing the petcock and it will come out. some times they develop a hole and allow larger particles to pass.......they are replaceable and inexpensive. some bikes almost dont have room for an inline filter, that is why one should service the in tank filter at regular intervals........as the service manual recommends..............
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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    yeah I would skip the inline and check the fuel petcock filter, get a new one for it...
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    I know this post is old, but I have the same issue.

    Bought a 97 1200 used. It was overflowing when I turned it off (after test drive).

    I bought the CV Performance kit (it's just generally sluggish).

    Cleaned Carb. Installed new jets (45+180 because it has intake + straight pipes).

    Installed new float needle and then adjusted/tested on a bench at 15 degrees.

    Assembled it and took it for test ride. Success!! But...

    Then as I continued to adjust the mixture (and I think I need a smaller main jet) I was sitting at stop sign.

    When it stalled, it felt like I had forgotten to open the petcock... That's when I saw the GIANT puddle of gas coming out the overflow.

    I was just in there. I used carb cleaner to blast the float needle seat "area" and also fuel inlet.

    I HAVE an inline fuel filter, But still, I can only imagine this is the result of a stuck float?

    IDEAS?!?!?
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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Stuck float
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    newsteve1 New Member

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    Just tear it down and inspect?

    Carb cleaner?

    Replace fuel filter?

    Stuff like that?
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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    answered in your other thread.

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