If you are trying to find out why your motorcycle is not running right, and are planning to do some troubleshooting, the first things that you should check are the basics. There are some basic tests that you can do that works for all bikes. There are three things that engines need in order to run, fuel, air, and a spark; with a hindrance or a lack of these components, an engine will not function properly. Today we will look at one of the first things to check, the fuel.
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The first thing to do when checking the fuel is to remove the hose and check to see if the fuel is flowing properly. On some bikes, you will have to move the fuel selector to the prime position, not the on position to enable the fuel to flow. In addition to removing the fuel hose, you should take a flashlight and take a good look down inside your fuel tank. Some things that you should take note of inside the fuel tank are; is the fuel varnished? or is there any trash in the tan?. Some of the older bike models had problems with the tank rusting on the inside, which would result in the screen inside the tank becoming clogged up. If the hose is clear and the tank is free of trash, there is something else you may want to check in regard to your fuel system.
If the motorcycle has set idle for a while, the carbs may be clogged up. If you will take the float bowl off the bottom of the carb, you will be able to check the quality of the gas. If the gas looks dark or varnished you may want to try removing the pilot and the main jets so that you can run a wire through the centre hole to clean the carb. Hopefully this will fix any fuel related problems you may have with your bike.
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