Question about 1997 Honda VT 600 C Shadow
My honda backfires when i decelerate and also when i am sitting there idle. i heard it could be just adjusting the carbs a/f but i dont want to mess with anything until i know the possibilities. can anyone help?
Posted by Anonymous on
Hi, Anonymous if your carburetor/exhaust is:
COUGHING is usually caused by an air leak in the intake system and will generally have the same telltale signs, a wet or damp build up of oil/gas seepage at the intake manifold to cylinder head or carburetor to intake manifold connection and in rare instances a worn throttle plate shaft and or seals.
POPPING on deceleration is usually caused by a lean fuel condition or an air leak in the exhaust system and is generally located where black carbon soot is seen as a flashing build up from any joint connection. This condition can easily be remedied by removing and cleaning both joint pieces and reassembling with high temp silicone and torquing the exhaust clamp to the proper spec.
SPITTING is usually caused by a faulty accelerator pump and or nozzle, or the float bowl needle and seat leaking and overflowing through the main jet mixing well nozzle, or the air-fuel mixture screw is adjusted too lean.
BACKFIRING is usually caused by a sticky/tight intake valve or a timing issue, 180 degrees out or cam chain off 1or 2 teeth.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
check for leaks around the exhaust headers,mine did what yours is doing,i replaced the copper exhaust seals in the head(exhaust ports),air is getting into your exhaust system and it mixes with the unburnt fuel and ignites causing the backfire,i replaced copper seals(about $2nz each) and problem went away
Posted on Jul 03, 2009
I replaced spark plugs, filters, tightened boots, etc. Nothing worked. Then I dumped Sea Foam in the gas tank. 50 miles later...no more backfiring. I used 1 ounce per gallon. Get it at any auto parts store.
Posted on Oct 30, 2009
May be running too lean or too rich. Check the color of your plugs, black dry and sooty means they are rich, white with blisters lean.
Posted on Apr 03, 2010
SOURCE: is popping or backfire normal?
Two things can cause popping or backfiring on deceleration. The most common is air leaking into the exhaust through the exhaust pipe copper o-ring gaskets. This typically happens when the exhaust is replaced without removing the old ones (doubled up) or simply reusing the old gaskets and they don't seal. The other thing that can cause popping is bad air cut diaphragms on the carburetors. If they are old and sticky or have holes in them they don't properly shut off the gas on deceleration causing the backfire.
Posted on May 06, 2010
It sounds like a lean backfire. You may need to also clean and adjust the air/fuel mixture screw. It is on the bottom of the carb and is probably covered by a brass plug that you will need to carefully drill out. before you remove it turn it all the way in till it is slightly snug and count the turns so you can put it back to the settings. be careful not to tighten it to tight as you can damage the needle. There is also a o-ring (very small) and a washer also very small in there with the needle and spring. After you clean it and reset it, if it still backfires on decel then turn the screw (it can be done without removing the carbs with a 90 degree screw driver that can be bought at a tool supply) in or out till the backfire stops. be careful to count the turns out as you dont want to go more than 3.5 turns out that would be to far and the screw could fall out. I hope this helps you. Thanks and have a great day.
Posted on Nov 05, 2010
Tips for a great answer:
it sounds like its starving for fuel, when it runs lean you will get backfires and if its running rough then it may be starving for fuel at idle. Try adjusting you mixture screw and see it the engine will smoot out. Your carb my be dirty and not allowing enough fuel through it.
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