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post #1 of 13 Old 07-31-2019, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Been sitting - won't start

I've got an '09 Rebel that has been sitting for 5 years, seriously. I need to get it running, so I put in a new battery and spark plugs, but I think it might have a clogged carburetor. It turns, and I can see spark if I pull the plugs out, but I don't really smell gas in the cylinder. The fuel line is open and flows to the carb.
What would be the simplest and easiest way to force the carb to unclog?

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-31-2019, 04:11 PM
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The easiest would be to take it to someone with an ultrasonic cleaner and have them clean it. Should cost about $45-60 if you remove the carb. The next best is to buy a can of Berrymans Chem Dip and place only the metal parts in it for about a week. Chem Dip will destroy rubber and plastic. Remove the parts, wash everything with water and use high pressure compressed air to blow out all the orifices. Here's a diagram of the carb. Look at it to make sure all the O-rings, gaskets, and plastic are removed. The float valve has a rubber tip. https://www.cheapcycleparts.com/oemp...mx250c-a-parts

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Well, I got it out, (not sure yet how I'm going to get it back in now) and I'm off to get cleaning solutions and start taking it apart carefully.

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If you fold the tube between the carb and airbox into a "C" in cross section, then pull it as far as possible into the airbox, it makes it a little easier. There are many threads on carb cleaning on the forum. It's probably the most frequent repair on these bikes. FYI, if you are going to store the bike again, drain the tank and the carb. There's a drain screw on the bottom (left?) of the carb.

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@flitecontrol - Thanks for the tip!
So, I went the DIY cheap route and found multiple sources online that said Pinesol works almost as good as chemdip. A bucket of Chem Dip was $30 at the O'Reillys, so I opted for PineSol for $5.
I took apart the carb, got all the rubber and plastic bits off and put them in a pinesol solution. We'll see how it looks tomorrow.

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Let us know how it does. Haven't heard of using PineSol before that I can remember. WalMart sells Chem Dip for much less.

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I've used pinesol and it does a good job. I even soaked all the rubber parts in it.
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I've used pinesol and it does a good job. I even soaked all the rubber parts in it.
I wondering about that. I destroyed the float chamber gasket trying to get it out. Need to see if the dealer has one in stock today.

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I wondering about that. I destroyed the float chamber gasket trying to get it out. Need to see if the dealer has one in stock today.
And the dealer doesn't have it in stock.
Just ordered the whole rebuild kit on amazon for $19 overnight Prime delivery.

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When I took apart my non functional carburetor, the jets were completely blocked.
The only cleaner I had on hand was a can of spray carburetor cleaner left from a previous lawnmower project.
I sprayed into a small glass jar till I had about 1/2 inch of liquid in it.
I put the jets in, sealed the jar and left it till the next weekend.
When I returned, the jets were spotless... saw a dot of light through them!
Reassembled and the bike ran flawlessly!
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