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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2015, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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GL1500 Carb Replacement or Rebuild

Hello. I'm new to the world of the 1500 Goldwing. Purchased my 96 this winter and attempted to start it this week for the 1st time. All kinds of smoke and fluids leaking out from the underside. Gas and oil mix it appears. My shop,it ends up, doesn't like to work on Goldwings. Didn't know that previously. They indicated that the problem appears to be the carbs and they probably need rebuild. Take it to a Honda dealer.
!! I'm not a mechanic but maybe there are DIY videos or How To articles. Maybe should leave this up to the experts? What would the aprox cost be to have it done by a Honda dealership? HELP!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2015, 01:05 PM
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You are in kind of a tough situation. To remove the carbs if you aren't mechanically inclined can be difficult. I might suggest this. There are lots of good guys on this board. Why not start a new thread and ask if there is someone in your area who would help with a carb issue on a GL1500. Might get a hit...and make a friend.
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Second thought. I am wondering if the bike ran real rich, as I'm wondering if the needle is stuck open in the carb from sitting. Sometimes you can get lucky and free them up by running the carbs dry. When the carbs run out of fuel the float drops and pulls the needle down, freeing it up. Then when the fuel returns all is well. While the carbs are dry bouncing on the bike can help free up the needle as well. The easiest way to run the carbs dry is to remove the saddle (seat). Pinch the fuel line only as much as necessary to stop the fuel flow. With the line pinched run the engine until it quits. Might take a minute or two. After the engine quits bounce the bike (and therefore float) around some. Stop pinching the line and restart the engine. If it runs good you're set. If not try a second time. If all else fails you are only out a little time.
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I was led to this thread... very helpful. \http://www.jmartino.me/carb/index.htm

I hadn't done carbs in years and years, and I got through it with just a few questions.

Having JUST done this, I'd be happy to offer any insight if you need it.

While they are a PITA, once you've got them out it's not bad. Just a lot of piddly detail, which pretty much defines workinf on a Goldwing anyway.

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