HOW TO CLEAN A MOTORCYCLE CARBURETOR
Keeping a clean motorcycle carburetor is important to prevent a range of problems with your bike. Doing so helps your engine work properly, prevents corrosion and saves the need for costly replacements. It will also help your motorcycle to maintain gas mileage and engine power.
Sure, the process of removing and disassembling the carburetor on your motorcycle can be tedious. But shortcuts such as removing the bowls at the bottom of the carburetor, spraying cleaner inside and replacing them isn't advised. There are no shortcuts in a proper cleaning job.
The air intake can dry out the gas in your carburetor, resulting in a sticky substance that adheres to the walls of the carburetor and builds up over time. Infrequent use of your motorcycle can also cause the gasoline to thicken, reducing the ability of the carburetor's small parts to move properly. Connections attached to the carburetor's throttle and choke plates can also become stuck when dirty.
Lastly, if the carburetor gives off a smell of turpentine or a chemical odor different from the smell of gasoline, it's likely overdue for a cleaning.
It's important to use a non-corrosive cleaner that doesn't harm or degrade any plastic or rubber pieces on the carburetor. You should avoid using vinegar because the acetic acid makes metal susceptible to rust. Additionally, bleach should never be used, because sodium hypochlorite (bleach) will corrode metals such as steel and aluminum, and degrade rubberized seals.
A safer option to harsh chemicals, Simple Green Pro HD Heavy-Duty Cleaneris non-corrosive, safe for cleaning aluminum, stainless steel and other metals. The professional-grade, engine-safe formula breaks down tough grease, oil, road grime and other automotive fluids, making it ideal for cleaning your carburetor.
Check your vehicle Owner's Manual before cleaning the carburetor. Always follow manufacturer's complete instructions for cleaning and maintenance. Make sure carburetor is cool to the touch before cleaning.
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