running bad

Discussion in 'Engine, Fuel and Exhaust' started by shelbyman, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. shelbyman

    shelbyman Member

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    I have an old 1984 FHLX. It seam to run as if it is flooding out or Missing It pops from time to time. When I stop It smells like gas bad. It has a carb. Not sure whats up. Help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Midnight Reign

    Midnight Reign Active Member

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    does it smell like raw gas or running really rich?
     
  3. shelbyman

    shelbyman Member

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    It smells as if it is too rich.
     
  4. Midnight Reign

    Midnight Reign Active Member

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    If you have decent wrenching abilities, I'd say pull the carb, give it a good cleaning and put it back together, see what that does for you. Otherwise I'd say find a wrench you think you can trust and see what they say.
     
  5. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    What carb do you have on the engine?

    TQ
     
  6. shelbyman

    shelbyman Member

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    I dont know what carb I have. I asked a harley dealer and told him that it pops off and on. He didnt even look at the bike or listen to it , but said I needed a new head gasket for around 150. I wasn't to sure he knew what he was talking about so I came here. I thought I might get a second opinion at another dealership. What do you think. Thanks for your help
     
  7. DFHarley19

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    Get a second opinion at another dealership is a way to go! Sound like the first dealership wants your "A Blank Check" :small3d031:
     
  8. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I know I would never return to a dealer that "knows" what needs to be done without even touching your bike! Absolutely absurd!
     
  9. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Can you post a pix of the carb so we can see if we recognize it? That will help us recommend some starting points.

    HEAD GASKET?!!! Unbelievable!

    TQ
     
  10. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    That is like saying "it is your muffler bearings"

    My thoughts IF no intake leak, the carb may need (like suggested) a good cleaning and RE set the float level.. IF it ran good before, there is NO reason it should not again...

    Boy, some of the things said,,,,, I'm surprised he didn't say "they all do it":small3d031:

    signed....BUBBIE