Yearly carb cleaning is my life now? - Honda Rebel Forum
 5Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 Old 04-22-2019, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 18
Yearly carb cleaning is my life now?

I bought a 2005 Rebel last year. It had been sitting a while, so first thing I did was clean the carbs and it worked beautifully from April until September. September it suddenly started to have no power in first, stalling out. Cleaned the carb again (long story short: cleaned the carb myself, I think I accidentally twisted out the idle mix screw a bunch, so it didn't work; had the shop re-do it, and they discovered and fixed it), and it ran fine through early November. A few weeks ago I took it out of winter storage, put on new gas tank, adjusted valves, everything ran fine until about a week ago when it started losing power again. Yesterday it straight up wouldn't ride, so I cleaned the carb again and now it works perfectly.

So, is cleaning the carb 1-2 times a year just a part of owning a Rebel? I do have an inline fuel filter in addition to the petcock one, gas is fresh, new tank is sealed with Caswell. Or am I missing something?
craftyrafter is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 04-22-2019, 09:51 AM
Moderator
 
01-7700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,207
Garage
annual cleaning shouldn't be needed on a properly prepped carb for storage - did you drain the carb at the end of the year?

some folks like to fill their tanks for winter and add stabilizer, then drain the tank in the spring and add new gas - i drain and remove my tanks and hang them on the wall of my garage without the caps on - i also drain the carbs - never had a problem

1985 Rebel 250 ... 2005 Ruckus 50
Keith from Maine USA - Banning Spammers since 2016
01-7700 is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 04-22-2019, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 18
I drained and removed the gas tank as I knew I was swapping it for another one, and ran the bike until it ran out of gas with the petcock closed, so I assumed the carb was empty. When it started having issues last September I was actively riding it almost every day until I let it sit for 7 days.
craftyrafter is offline  
 
post #4 of 17 Old 04-22-2019, 10:58 AM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
Posts: 27,280
Running the engine until it dies still leaves gas in the bowl. Draining the carb is the best way to go for long term storage.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

'01 & '09 Rebel 250, '06 Ninja 250, '89 VN 750
Putting your bike year and model in your signature helps others help you!
Here's how: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f19/...re-121087.html
flitecontrol is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 04-22-2019, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 18
That would probably explain it. Thank you!
kryton likes this.
craftyrafter is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 04-22-2019, 11:19 AM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
Posts: 27,280
You're welcome.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

'01 & '09 Rebel 250, '06 Ninja 250, '89 VN 750
Putting your bike year and model in your signature helps others help you!
Here's how: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f19/...re-121087.html
flitecontrol is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 04-22-2019, 01:56 PM
 
kryton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 1,855
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by flitecontrol View Post
Running the engine until it dies still leaves gas in the bowl. Draining the carb is the best way to go for long term storage.
about 1/2 full in fact, as soon as the gas level drops below the jets and they suck air instead of fuel making the engine starve out.

2009 Honda Rebel 250; 2009 Honda Shadow 750 Spirit
"The bravest thing for me to do is admit when I am wrong" - unknown
HRF Answer #1 You should take the MSF Rider Course
HRF Answer #2 You need to clean your carburetor
HRF Answer #3 Sorry we assumed if you didn't say otherwise
kryton is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 04-24-2019, 03:31 PM
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Posts: 4
Recently I got a bike that had not been used for a while. I rebuilt the carburetor for a complete cleaning. I noticed that even when you drain the carb, there is a small amount of gasoline that remains in the accelerator pump bowl.
I am a newbie to bikes, but I think in addition to draining the carb, it would be good to pump out the gasoline left in the accelerator pump bowl by rolling the throttle fully couple of times. This action should pump out any gasoline left into the throttle body. In my case I noticed that the left over fuel gas in the accelerator pump had clogged those ports.
01-7700 and kryton like this.
BakoRider is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 04-30-2019, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by BakoRider View Post
Recently I got a bike that had not been used for a while. I rebuilt the carburetor for a complete cleaning. I noticed that even when you drain the carb, there is a small amount of gasoline that remains in the accelerator pump bowl.
I am a newbie to bikes, but I think in addition to draining the carb, it would be good to pump out the gasoline left in the accelerator pump bowl by rolling the throttle fully couple of times. This action should pump out any gasoline left into the throttle body. In my case I noticed that the left over fuel gas in the accelerator pump had clogged those ports.
Hah yes. I discovered the accelerator pump when I was doing the second cleaning by spraying myself in the face/mouth with gas while checking the throttle. Fun times.

As a general update, it again developed a bit more of a hesitation after sitting for a week. Though maybe that's all in my head, I don't know. I ordered some new gaskets, including the one between the carb and the intake manifold to see if that is there is maybe a vacuum leak or something.
craftyrafter is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 04-30-2019, 01:20 PM
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by craftyrafter View Post
I bought a 2005 Rebel last year. It had been sitting a while, so first thing I did was clean the carbs and it worked beautifully from April until September. September it suddenly started to have no power in first, stalling out. Cleaned the carb again (long story short: cleaned the carb myself, I think I accidentally twisted out the idle mix screw a bunch, so it didn't work; had the shop re-do it, and they discovered and fixed it), and it ran fine through early November. A few weeks ago I took it out of winter storage, put on new gas tank, adjusted valves, everything ran fine until about a week ago when it started losing power again. Yesterday it straight up wouldn't ride, so I cleaned the carb again and now it works perfectly.

So, is cleaning the carb 1-2 times a year just a part of owning a Rebel? I do have an inline fuel filter in addition to the petcock one, gas is fresh, new tank is sealed with Caswell. Or am I missing something?
+1 for what many here have said, but I'll also add then when I put my bike up for the winter I fill the tank and put in a couple of ounces of dry gas, fuel system cleaner, and fuel stabilizer.

In the spring I'll add fuel system cleaner and dry gas for the first tank or two.

-Bob
mithril is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Rebel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome