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When I went to my garage this morning to take my Vespa 50R for a spin to school I noticed a strong fuel smell in the garage, it seems like someone had oppened the fuel tap (or maybe i missed closing it) and about 4 Liters of petrol has leaked on the floor!
Now I need some tips on how to clean it, or at least empty the cylinder before i start to kick it to life, I closed the fuel tap (which works) and removed the spark plug and started kicking, petrol hopped out but I am unsure on how to proceed. the Vespa now stands outside on my backyard without a spark plug plugged in and I hope the petrol has evaporated until I get back from school.
As I said, any tips or factors I should be aware about before i try to start the engine?
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You've got everything covered. Fuel off, spark plug out. Give it a dozen kicks. Reinstall spark plug and start like normal. It may be smoky from fuel in the exhaust but once that burns out, turn the fuel off and let it run until it dies (hopefully). If it doesn't, your fuel tap is leaking and needs to be addressed.
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MJRally wrote:
You've got everything covered. Fuel off, spark plug out. Give it a dozen kicks. Reinstall spark plug and start like normal. It may be smoky from fuel in the exhaust but once that burns out, turn the fuel off and let it run until it dies (hopefully). If it doesn't, your fuel tap is leaking and needs to be addressed.
Thanks for the info dude, I did what you told me to do and it works wonders, it was super smoky but it turned out alright! I just have to get to the gas station to refill the fuel tank!
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Check/replace the carb float needle. Even with the tap open fuel shouldn't be getting past it and into the cylinder.
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Check/replace the carb float needle. Even with the tap open fuel shouldn't be getting past it and into the cylinder.
That is good to know, I'll look in to it!
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