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Kx 125 1998/ 99 fuel leaking out from carb overflow where floats are, when kicked up sems to be ok , but when i cut the engine it starts to leak out util i turn the fuel off, i checked to see if the floats were sticking and they seem to be ok, any help much appreciated

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The needle and seat on the float may be bad check them

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