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My front master cyclinder on my 1988 883 harley won't pump

My master cylinder was plugged, so i took it apart and cleaned it. I put fluid in it and nothing comes out. I bought another one at the swapmeet and it doesn't pump either

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SOURCE: Front brake master cylinder wont pump fluid

Yes, you can buy a master cylinder rebuild kit. If you can't find a rebuild kit the whole thing can also be replaced.

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SOURCE: Runs on back cylinder but front cylinder pops a little when idlin

This particular model uses a BS36ss carb for the # 1carb or back as you are calling it. there is an input and output as a pass through to the second carb intergrated into the fuel delivery system of the # 1 carb. the # 1 carb draws fuel from this port also. check for obstructions at this point where the 2 carbs intersect and in the transfer line to the front carb remember this is a neg. pressure regulated fuel system so any leaks at carb 2 (Front Carb) or Balance Tubes Between cylinders and it wont function . vacuum is the key

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SOURCE: i have 2004 honda crf

If the carburetor slow jet is clear than the blockage is in the carburetor body. Take the carburetor off and shoot carburetor cleaner through the body of the carburetor till it comes out the noozzle/hole in the throat of the carburetor.

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Old dirty fluid may still be caught in the seals of the piston or may have damaged them.
This will stop the piston from returning all the way and engaging the do not start if not in neutral or stand not up, If clutch is pulled in it will bypass these safety stops until released.

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SOURCE: 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 C cranks but

Check your pick-up sensor located inside the timing cover,behind the adjustor plate. If the filament is not intact you will have no spark.
A defective coil, cam position sensor, or stator will also cause a no spark condition.

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