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post #1 of 6 Old 02-18-2020, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Long time in Chem-Dip, snow/rain in engine

Two questions-

1) How worrisome is it that I forgot about my carb in the Berryman 0996 Chem-Dip since 25 hours ago and won't be able to rinse & blow off the parts until tonight? Also, do I just rinse the parts off in my kitchen sink and use lots of water or what? Not sure how harsh these chemicals are. Note- I did remove any rubber and plastic, only metal parts went in.

2) I had pulled the carb a couple weeks ago and unfortunately my motorcycle cover blew off during some wind/rain and then it snowed a bit after that before I got it covered. Should I be pulling apart the engine and doing something to remove any residual water, or is it unlikely to be much of an issue? I would sort of expect evaporation to have removed most of it but other than doing a valve adjustment years ago, I haven't been in the engine at all and this is my first time cleaning the carb.


Here's to hoping the carb is why I couldn't get my bike started a few weeks ago. It looked remarkably clean & clear to my inexperienced eyes though.

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-18-2020, 04:23 PM
 
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... do I just rinse the parts off in my kitchen sink ....



Depends upon if you have a wife or not...

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-18-2020, 07:28 PM
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48 hours is my suggested minimum soak time in Chem Dip. Rinse all the disassembled parts thoroughly. I do it outside with a garden hose. I'm married and using the kitchen sink would be grounds for divorce, but if you run enough water through the sink, I don't think it would be a problem. But what do I know?

I'm not sure a water rinse is absolutely necessary, but it's a lot better to get water in your eyes when blowing out the carb than Chem Dip.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-20-2020, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks very much. Any concerns with just putting the carb back on in terms of potential for water in the engine because it was uncovered?

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-20-2020, 10:35 AM
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If you think rain may have gotten into the engine through the uncovered intake, I would suggest removing the spark plugs and turning the engine over a couple of times with the kill switch in the off position before installing the carb. This should remove most of it. Then squirt some alcohol through the plug holes, let it sit to absorb any remaining moisture, and turn the engine over again. That may not get all the moisture out, but it should be enough to start it, which will remove what's left. Don't forget to turn the kill switch back to the run position. If rain didn't get in it, I wouldn't worry about any condensation that may have formed.

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Thanks very much. I kind of figure it shouldn't be much water, but I'd rather ask how to deal with it upfront than risk fouling something too badly.

It'll warm up to 45F tomorrow so I'm hoping to get it put back together after work. Hopefully a weekend ride will be feasible.

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