Question about 2000 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom
How do i replace the petcock
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I would guess stale gasoline or fuel. Try fresh fuel in the tank. If this doesn't clear the problem, you could need to have your carburetor or fuel injection system cleaned. I'm not even sure if they put fuel injection on Sportsters since I don't work on fuel injected bikes. I mostly work on the older bikes like Panheads, Shovelheads, Evos. Not too many Sportsters but have worked on a lot of Ironhead Sportsters. Try the fuel first. It's a cheap fix. Hope it works for you. Good luck with the knee replacement. My wife had one knee replaced and it works great.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
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In 1996, Harley went to a vacuum operated petcock. If you'll look on the backside, you'll see a small vacuum hose running to the petcock. The petcock is opened with vacuum being applied to a diaphragm. If this diaphragm gets a hole in it, it'll leak fuel sometime and other times will not allow fuel to go to the carb leaving you stranded with a full tank of fuel but none in the carb. You can drain the tank by loosening the large nut and using a large funnel to catch the fuel in an empty gas can. Take the two hose off, fuel and vacuum, remove the petcock. Take the four small screws out of the baskside of the petcock that holds the square plate on. Notice how the parts come out as you take the plate off slowly. Once you have the diaphragm out, hold it up to a light and gently stretch it. If you find a hole, you need to replace the diaphragm. You can get a replacement part at you local dealership. Personally, I'd rather replace the petcock with a high quality manually operated one. Of course she'll have to turn the fuel off and on old school style but you'll never have another petcock problem. I think the Pingel petcock is the top of the line. I have one on each of my personal bikes. They're pricey but they are excellent quality products. If you do this, don't forget to plug the vacuum hose. Better yet, if you can get to it, the hose has a "Y" fitting in it. Remove the hose with the "Y" fitting in it and replace it with a single hose that goes to the VOES switch.
Posted on Jun 19, 2011
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