Engine stalls when Idling

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by MarcPhotoMan, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    My engine has been running fine but lately, I noticed that I have gas around the bowl of the carburetor and leaking out of the air filter

    This weekend I decided to change the motor mounts (Bolts) and get rid of my master ink and yes the chain was about to fall off, and all the bolts were bent.

    I resealed the carburetor with RTV grey

    The bike seems to run fine but when I come to a stop the bike stalls after several seconds, It starts with very little effort as well.

    I still have the gas leak that seems to form around the bowl of the carburetor
    I played with the idle screw and it does not make a difference, The Idle screw work did make a difference previous to this.

    I am thinking maybe I need to clean the carburetor and the air filter, and yes I have an inline filer, maybe I should change that too. And I am still running on the original spark plug. I was going to change it after the break in was compleated

    I had done over two hundred miles so far with only the regular problems.

    Any help would be welcome.

    :ride2:
     
  2. Ilikeabikea

    Ilikeabikea Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,323
    Likes Received:
    0
    Have you adjusted your float per Normans instructions? It might be that...................
     
  3. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    Not yet I have Not played around the carb yet. Looks like i need to.

    The carb did not leak before only over the last 3 or four ride or so I use the bike daily weather premitting to go to work.
     
    #3 MarcPhotoMan, Jun 17, 2008
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2008
  4. Ilikeabikea

    Ilikeabikea Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,323
    Likes Received:
    0
    It could be that or someone here the other day had a float that was leaking. It was giving him grief.....................
     
  5. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    Is it bad to use it under these conditions? I need to tide it home today 7 miles or so.
     
  6. Ilikeabikea

    Ilikeabikea Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,323
    Likes Received:
    0
    If it runs ok at high power you are probably alright. Does it leak while running it hard or does it just do that when you are idling? I would think the only problem would be if it'S just really gushing gas out it could be a fire hazard.......................
     
  7. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    It' not gushing gas I cannot tell when it's leaking it does not seem like a large leak. I will watch it on my trip home. I will look for Norms post when I get home.

    I am lucky that I work online all day and that this site is not blocked LOL ,
    I don't want the network admin to catch on.:D
     
  8. stude13

    stude13 New Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Messages:
    404
    Likes Received:
    0
    it is a fire hazard!! ck the float first.
     
  9. Ilikeabikea

    Ilikeabikea Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,323
    Likes Received:
    0
  10. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks LOL,

    I am not worried about the fire hazard it is leaking so little it appears as dry resue on the bottom and side if the bowl.

    My gas cap leaks more than the bowl does at this moment. Thankfully I mounted that on the rack, and not over the engine.
    And I promise not to smoke a stogie on my ride home.
     
    #10 MarcPhotoMan, Jun 17, 2008
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2008
  11. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    I picked up some carb cleaner do you think it is safe to use?

    My time is very limited this week i do not have enough time to take the carb apart until this weekend.
     
  12. Ilikeabikea

    Ilikeabikea Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,323
    Likes Received:
    0
    Carb cleaner will do no good if your float level is wrong or the float has gas inside of it. In fact to really clean you carb you'll need to disassemble it. And if you disassemble it you might as well put it back together as per Normans instructions.......................
     
  13. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    I will go ahead and use the carb cleaner on my commute tomorrow, and take the carb apart on the weekend when I have more time.

    It really is the most enjoyable commute of all time for me!

    :ride2:
     
  14. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2008
    Messages:
    8,119
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am the worlds worst for riding it home no matter what it is doing. My advice is if it got you there, most likely it will get you home. Some times you just gotta throw the dice and take what comes
     
  15. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah I have always liked rolling the dice just to see what will happen next, I am always surprised by what happens next! It make life way more interesting. usually something positive happens along the way.
     
  16. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok So I went ahead and took the carb apart tonight the cleaner I added to the tank made some difference but.... I was really worried about doing damage to the engine.

    So i too some carb cleaner and poured it out into a container and cleaned all the parts in it. The float was fine so here is a pick of the junk that was living in my carb


    I put on a better inline filter, I had a small red one from Canadian tire but I think that on was junk!
    i used the Fram one from Walmart the i bought in Massena NY about three weeks ago for just such and occasion.

    Thanks guys for the help I will test in the AM I hope i sealed it all back up tight enough.

    Mustering no vapor leaks please. :p
     

    Attached Files:

    #16 MarcPhotoMan, Jun 19, 2008
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008
  17. IBDIZ.COM

    IBDIZ.COM New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2008
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    MarcPhotoMan
    I with you agree! ;)
     
  18. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2008
    Messages:
    8,119
    Likes Received:
    0
    So let us know what happens with the carb. Once you get it started you will probably need to adjust the idle screw since I'm sure by now you have changed the setting. Remember run it all the way in then back out 4 1/2 turns to begin.
     
  19. MarcPhotoMan

    MarcPhotoMan New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks Deacon,

    I did Remember but it always good to have some great advice.

    But alas It is raining here this morning The gods of biking are not ready for me!

    No time to test it, and my son has his grade 6 elementary school grad ceremony today
    so that that for me for now:ride:

    I hope this tread is a help to others in need I will give an update later.
     
    #19 MarcPhotoMan, Jun 19, 2008
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008
  20. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2008
    Messages:
    8,119
    Likes Received:
    0
    They help us all, sometimes we overlook the obvious ourselves in the rush to "make it work" so everything helps us all.
     

Share This Page