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Old 12-22-2012, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rats! I have a fuel leak. Just got the bike back on road after fork rebuild. {no leak at forks - ptl} Went for 130 mile ride Thursday. Always checking for leaks since I've only owned bike since August. 760 miles on it since then and NO leak of any kind ever, until now. Entered the 10x16 shed it calls home this evening to a strong gas order.

Dampness on wood under the right header. Not leaking now, but has leaked sometime between Thursday when parked and today. Appears to be coming from under the shiny round thingy - sorry - that has fuel lines going in to the filter. The lines are new as the carbs recently cleaned. Any thoughts?

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sounds like the fuel pump...
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Yup agree with previous post so far....remove the cover from the pump..er..."shiny round thingy"...and maybe you will find a fuel line without a clamp or one not tight enough after replacement or wrong size refitted perhaps?..were they worn and leaking previously?.. ( to have had them replaced)....you may wish to start the bike up (with the "thingy" cover removed), but do it outside and put that ciggy out..!!
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okay guys - shiny thingy is the fuel pump. for some reason I thought I had read that it was the "fuel acutator" and the fuel pump was in the tank??? anyway simple enough to remove and check out. no time to check out today AND too dang cold here without heat in the shed. no smoker and will check outside as the gas fumes give me a serious headahce - thanks Sirkitrider
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If the pumps checks out, it can be a stuck float.
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just sounds like maybe the fuel line clamps aren't tight enough
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Since the fuel lines are new I'd say they settled in and you need to check the clamps and tighten them.
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All helpful info. guys. Hopefully it is just a simple issue with claps/lines. The float issue would be more troubling to be sure. Read a thread here about 1500 that suggested the petcock could be leaking. No time to check it out throughly until the sweet grandbabies go back home after the holidays.

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The petcock is different on the 1500 with a vacuum operated petcock, yours on the 1200 is all manually operated, and on the bottom right of the tank so shouldn't be that. If the pump is not where the leaks are at then check the fuel overflow tube under neath the carbs. If the float valves have stuck open you can sometimes wrap on the Carb bodies to clear the blockage. Did you put on a new OEM fuel filter or a Napa 3011($5) when you rebuilt the carbs? Hopefully you didn't use an Emgo fuel filter. They fall apart.
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Update: sorta. Can find no leaking under or around carbs. Went over, actually under, with an inspection mirror and can't find a hose or anything else leaking. Turned petcock back on just to see what would happen. {petcock on when first discovered the leak - I've always left it on - just turned off here after finding the leak} - Started leaking again. Bike HAS NOT been started, just opened the petcock to see if it leaked again. Fuel is dripping from under the fuel pump BUT the hoses/clamps don't appear to be the source. Hopely will get a chance tomorrow to remove the pump.

Question? Is there any part of the pump itself that might be the source of the leak? - thanks Sirkitrider
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