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post #1 of 7 Old 06-11-2019, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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"86" 450 rebel engine leaning out.

I got caught riding in some high wind the other day. Not fun. The harder the wind blew the more my engine seem to lean out. I turned up the choke and it helped. Soon as I slowed down it ran fine. This was odd. Wondering if anyone else had this happen. Near as I can figure the wind blowing across my air intake was causing a vacuum in the breather filter box. Has this happen to you.
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Happened to me too. What you have is a clogged petcock screen. In my instance, I had to take the tank off and clean it as it had rust in the inside. If you do this, make sure that whatever nuts/washers that you throw inside for the scouring are made of steel! I wasn't paying attention and had to pick out zinc washers 1 by 1 instead of just using a magnetic pickup tool.

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I'll be sure to check the tank. I'm not familiar with washers in the tank. How does this procedure work?
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If the petcock screen is clogged with rust chips, it usually means the upper part of the tank has lots of rust. Then it's time to drain the tank, remove it and start cleaning. Just throw a handful of nuts/washers/bolts into the tank and put the gas cap on. Shake the tank back and forthwith a few ounces of gasoline for a bit then rotate the tank a little and do the same. Usually the rust is on the top side of the tank. The nuts/washers/bolts will scour off any rust deposits. Be patient, take your time and do the job right. Rinse the tank with some gasoline and do it all over again. Repeat as necessary. Once the gasoline rinse is kind of clean your job is done.

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There's also a "How to" on tank cleaning stuckied in the Wrenching section of the forum. Some tie the nuts/washers in an old sock for easier removal. I've found "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner eats rust very well.

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A strong mix of caustic soda and very hot water fill tank let sit for 10-12 hours drain and flush well and tank will be like new .If not repeat .Workes great on all gas tanks



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