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My fuel pump is making a sound almost like a bad plug wire,not quite the same, but close enough that last night while looking for a spark,I touched the fuel pump and felt it thumping, in rythem with the popping.My question,is this normal,or do you think it should be replaced.Or ? Temp was 75 today,didn't ride because of this,please help!
 

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Depends on the speed of the popping, it should only pump once every couple seconds at idle. If pumping too fast it may be starving for fuel i.e. fuel filter clogged.
 

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The 1200 fuel pump ticks or pops. That is normal. Like Dave said once every couple of seconds at idle.
 

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The 1200 fuel pump ticks or pops. That is normal. Like Dave said once every couple of seconds at idle.
 

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Thanks,for your help you have put my mind at ease about this.Enjoy the holidays and have fun everyday.
 

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In my experience, a fuel pump that is 'ticking' is about to give up the ghost.
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Mine only makes that ticking sound when being starved for fuel, it lets me know when i have not turned the petcock on.When it running you should feel a thumping if you touch it, but should not hear it. I would check fuel filter and tank for rust.

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Jim,I have only turned my gas off about three times since I've had the bike.I wasn't going to ride it for a few days so I turned it off.When I tried to crank it up it was hard to crank and would barely run.It took a minute to realize the gas was off,when it smoothed out is when I started hearing the thumping,ticking.If I listen for it I can hear it otherwise I don't notice it.Is this normal,or do you think there may be a problem?
 

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You should get in the habit of turning off the petcock every time you put her up. That way if you have a float stick open it will not cause fuel to hydrolock a piston or at least contaminate your oil.

I don't hear my fuel pump unless i have not turned on the fuel, but then again a have not really listened to it closely. Have you checked and changed the fuel filter ?

Jim
 

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Thanks Jim,I havn't checked the filter but I will and thanks again.A happy new year everyone.
 

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Don't use an Emgo filter, get a Napa 3011 or Honda stock.
With the Napa you will need a longer screw to hold it in the clamp as the outside dia. is a little bigger.
 

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I also use the Napa 3011, think they about $3 each. Mine installed with no changes from stock,also put new fuel line at the same time.

Emgo had a real bad rash of fuel filters that desolved and caused a lot of carb problems.

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I wonder if the audible clicking from the pump was always there more or less and unnoticeable until you tuned into it after starving it with the petcock. My hearing is still pretty good and I never hear mine. Any possibility the pump is old and running it dry caused something to give like a diaphragm or the like?
 

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I wonder if the audible clicking from the pump was always there more or less and unnoticeable until you tuned into it after starving it with the petcock. My hearing is still pretty good and I never hear mine. Any possibility the pump is old and running it dry caused something to give like a diaphragm or the like?
That was my thought exactly. A lot of times we don't hear or see things that were always there until something unexpected happens to draw our attention to the area... then we start hearing or seeing the things that were always present but unnoticed and then start to wonder if it is normal. :?
 

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Well, next time i start mine up i'll stick my ear down there and listen for what up !

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