Fuel smell in garage, puddle of gas...

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by herbiedriver, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. herbiedriver

    herbiedriver New Member

    Woke up Sunday morning to a heavier than normal gas smell in the garage and a nice new puddle of gas under the bike. Figured it was leaking out of the float bowl vent because the bike was leaning more than normal on the kickstand. No biggie, just prop the bike up the right way.

    Get on to go for a ride and clean it off, and it wouldn't even spin, pop the clutch and leave a 10' skid... Finally get some movement only to see a nice trail of liquid. Wow, thats from me!

    Pedal it back to the garage and watch as gas is pouring out of the exhaust.

    So the carb's float hasn't been shutting off and it filled the cylinder with gas and now it filled the exhaust tube too!

    Quick adjustment, clean and it's all back to normal.

    Fun little adventure.

  2. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    that's why we turn off the petcock - the float won't always hold it when on the stand
  3. herbiedriver

    herbiedriver New Member

    This is how l also found out that the petcock leaks... I love Chinese products.
  4. dobz08

    dobz08 New Member

    Me too

    Just had to make a rubber gasket that goes on the bottom of the carb whare it connects to the air filter, and also put the fuel filter on upside down and it's gone from leaving a puddle to bone dry
  5. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    seen folks do that - where do you think all that fuel went when it got to the filter and had no opening at the bottom - right into the motor
  6. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    That make no sense.

    First in-line fuel filers work either way, just better in one direction from the source fuel.
    Second, if fuel can't get to the carb how the heck is it getting into the engine?

    Anyway, cool you found the problem and fixed it.

    My shop is the back 1/3rd of my house with a carpet floor so everything gets fuel inspected and all fuel work is done outside.
  7. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    oops - misread that - thought he meant putting air filter upside down

    turning fuel filter upside down won't affect flow, but may dump everything that was caught previously down into the carb
  8. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Hehe, ya, put it back on backwards and it's a debris dump right into the carb, definitely something to avoid ;-}