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  1. cosa1965

    cosa1965 New Member

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    I recently purchased a 98 sportster and trying to learn more about mechanics.It runs great ,but had an incident two days ago, I went to start up and key on fuel on when i noticed gas dripped under carb to ground . Is it safe to ride just to a mechanic within 5 miles ? can this be very hazardous (explosive)Or is this a simple repair I have knowledge of motors ,but bikes engines are new ??
     
  2. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum
    The rubber tip on the float needle will have hardened and failed to seal when the float bowl is full and over fill it
    Fuel will be dripping from the float bowl overflow

    Brian
     
  3. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Glad to have you aboard! :ws:rider
    From Central Florida.
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Tap on the float bowl (lowest part of the carb.) several times with the plastic handle of a screwdriver, with the gas valve on.
     
  5. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    Welcome from Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Leaking fuel is always a bad situation on many levels.
     
  6. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum. Possibly a sticky float, try doing as Breeze suggested. Also run a oz or so of Seafoam in your tank to clean out any junk you may have in the carb.
     
  7. 03HD883R

    03HD883R Active Member

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    It would be in your best interest to just take the carb off the bike and open it up. If you can use a screw driver, it should be an easy process. Just remember not to fiddle with anything inside, other than clean it out and inspect it.

    If it doesn't look right or corroded, either put it back together and take the whole bike to the shop or do the easy thing, and just give the shop the carb to rebuild.

    Plus it will get you familiar with how the carb works.
     
  8. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome aboard, glad to have you here. :ws
     
  9. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    Welcome from So. Texas.
    tourbox