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Bike won’t start after sitting- Time for Carb Rebuild at Vista Motorcycle
Vista Motorcycle Repair Shop offers professional services and repairs on all years, makes and models of motorcycles including classic, vintage and custom rides.
According to Daniel Sweet, manger of Vista Motorcycle and their primary spokesperson, he urges riders to come in to have their dirt bike prepped for the desert which includes a free 21 point safety inspection.
Vista Motorcycle has over 30 years experience in prepping motorcycles for their intended purpose. Stressing the value of a safe riding season, whether it is off road dirt biking, on and off road known as dual sport or street bikes, the skilled motorcycle mechanics at Vista Motorcycle are ready and able to take care of any mechanical or electrical problems and issues.
The most common problem with dirt bikes is not starting after sitting in storage over the summer. If a bike ran last season but fails to start after a few months of sitting, then it’s probably old gas in the carburetor. Old gas does not burn well and will cause a poor running condition or simply not start at all. If left more than a few months, the old gas dries out leaving sediment behind.
The sediment is a combination of dirt and fuel additives. These additives do not evaporate with the gas. They stay behind. When you turn on the gas it mixes up the sediment in the bottom of the float bowl of the carb. This chunky mixture is then sucked into the tiny fuel metering jets inside the carb. Most times the sediment is larger than the holes in the jets and plugs them up. When the holes in the jets are plugged then the engine is starved of fuel and fails to start.
The way to fix this problem is to disassemble the carburetor and clean the plugged passages. Carbs are tricky little contraptions. They have many passages inside them not easily cleaned. “We soak the parts in a sonic parts washer tank with hot solvent for a few hours. Then we carefully blow dry the passages with controlled bursts of compressed air. We then make the proper adjustments and reassemble with new seals. This assures the carb meters fuel properly and there are no external fuel leaks,” said the motorcycle mechanic.
Other issues include dirty air filter. Many riders put their bikes away for the season but forget to clean the air filter prior to storage. A dirty and dry air filter causes sever damage to an engine by letting in dirty air. The dirt plugs up the carb and scratches the inner cylinder wall. This can lead to poor performance or catastrophic and costly to repair engine failure.
Avoid engine failure and ensure dirt biking season fun in the sun with one visit to Vista Motorcycle.
For more information on carburetor repair and rebuild call Vista motorcycle at 760-724-9258 or visit them online at http://VistaMotorcycle.com/