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Old 12-28-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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Help!! Gas leaking out of carb

I have been fixing this sled up since June and finally was able to start it. It started fine but i noticed liquid under the skid plate, it turned out to be gas. Afte pulling the air box back off i saw gas coming from the tubes at the bottom of the carb. The right carb was running a good stream. The sled has sat since June when I pulled the tank off, replaced the fuel lines and replaced the seat cover. I hate to pull the carbs off if this may clear itself up. Any ideas would be great. This is a 2001 zl800 with flatslide carbs Thanks
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Don't see as you have much choice, sounds like time to pull and clean the carbs.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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Those would be the water traps. You will haveto pull the carbs and fix them. I guess you dont have to, but if you do not they will leak gas innto the belly pan and you will have a hell of a fire on your hands or in your face.
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arrrrggghhh. Pulling the carbs looks like a chore. I looked up the part in the cat parts list and they call those hoses just drain tubes. I have read that they are water traps but how does the water get trapped if there is nothing to stop it. Also what are you guys using for carb kits?? I dont see a rebuild kit listed. Thanks for all the help
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I don't think you can buy a carb kit for any of the sleds. You have to buy individual parts. There should be a plug in the end of those drain tubes. I just looked at a schematic of those carbs and it could be that with the funky drain plug that when it is loosened it allows gas to flow past the drain plug and out. I cant see that being the case, but I have not had one of those apart for a long time and do not remember.

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If there like my 2000 t-cat they are a molded rubber hose with a molded closed end. They dry rot and leak. You can buy new ones or make your own out of vacuum line and clamp or zip tie a small bolt or something in the bottom. Don't see why you have to rebuild carbs. Try this first. May be all you need. See if they have holes. Probably do.
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Ok i got the air box and carbs off and it was easier than i thought!! I see those hoses for the water trapyou mention and they appear to be ok. So on to cleaning the carbs. I am assuming i pull the 4 screws off the bottom of the bowl and pull the float and needle out and spray with carb cleaner. My local dealer probably wont have the o-ring that goes between the bowl and carb so is reusing it ok?? Thanks for everyone's help.
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Put Plugs in those drains and it should fix it
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Ok i got the air box and carbs off and it was easier than i thought!! I see those hoses for the water trapyou mention and they appear to be ok. So on to cleaning the carbs. I am assuming i pull the 4 screws off the bottom of the bowl and pull the float and needle out and spray with carb cleaner. My local dealer probably wont have the o-ring that goes between the bowl and carb so is reusing it ok?? Thanks for everyone's help.

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I got it all back togeher tonight and still have gas on my garage floor. My wife threatened to divorce me if this happened again. Oh well. So I had cleaned needles and seats, replaced both water tubes and still gas on the floor I am a tech by trade but i screwed up on this one. the gas is actually coming out of the upper hose on the pto side. since i cleaned the needles and seats whats left? Help, not for my marriage but for my sled. thanks
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