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I have a 1995 Honda Shadow 1100 carbs fill up with gas and it'll run for a couple seconds and then it Dies and the cards will not fill up again I dont know what to do Can someone please help??????

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  • devrin Apr 20, 2015

    the person that I got the bike from took all the vacuum hoses apart so I don't know if they're hooked up correctly

  • Ted Maxwell Apr 20, 2015

    Hi Devrin: That adds a totaly different problem. Trying to trouble shoot one thing and then having something else mentioned just ends up grabbing at straws. All I can suggest is that you try what I described. If it runs, great, if not, you'll have to try to sort out the vacuum issue. Best of luck.

  • devrin Apr 21, 2015

    I got it running the fuel pump was cutting in and out but its back firing really bad now and when I go to kick it in gear it dies.Is there a sensor that could be messing up that would make it do that

  • Ted Maxwell Apr 21, 2015

    By "back firing" do you mean popping back out the carb, or loud explosions out the muffler? Depending on what the previous owner was doing to it, there may be timing or valve issues. Have you checked the condition of the spark plugs? Sometimes if one is fouled, the motor will run really rough on one cylinder and the raw fuel mix from the other cylinder will ignite in the exhaust, causing the backfiring.

  • devrin Apr 21, 2015

    it's backfiring through the exhaust and it has brand new plug I just bought them

  • Ted Maxwell Apr 21, 2015

    OK. I' suggest you pull the plugs and check to see if they've been firing. If one is "wet" it means it's not getting spark. Also would be a ood idea to check the compression. You might have a burnt exhaust valve or bad valve setting.

  • devrin Apr 22, 2015

    I pulled out all the plugs and they all have spark but the right side has a very weak spark on both cylinders on the right side

  • Ted Maxwell Apr 22, 2015

    Good find. I don't know about ignition details, anybody else out there at can help?

  • devrin Apr 26, 2015

    is there some type of safety switch that would make the bike die when I kick it into gear

  • Ted Maxwell Apr 26, 2015

    Good Call! The 1100 is that big that it has a kickstand, One of the safet switches is assoiated with the kickstand. When the kickstand is exnded, the ignition is shut off if it gets put in gear. Maybe the switch is stuck so it thinks the kickstand is down.

  • devrin Apr 26, 2015

    That's what I'm think it is too but when I looked for the sensor and there is nothing there no wires the switch nothingthe person I got it from had cut a lot of the stuff on how would I figure out what wire with that switch

  • Ted Maxwell Apr 27, 2015

    Once again, I'm not familiar with the ignition details for your bike. If bits have been removed and wires cut, you're pretty well going to have to try to trace down the various parts and the wires that remain. If it dies when you put it in gear, it "thinks" that something is not right. Is there any way you could get your hands on a Haynes or Clymer manual that covers that bike.? There are 2 switches or sensors that combine to shut the bike down. One would be the neutral position sensor, and we're guessing that the other may be the kickstand down sensor/switch. If that is missing, and the wires were cut, then whatever they are doing now is making the bike think that the kickstand is down. It will be up to you to try to figure that out. Sounds like a project for a rainy day.



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Hi Devrin:
Sounds like the fuel is being obstructed somehow. Try checking be turning the fuel shutoff valve off. Then disconnect the fuel hose from the tank to the carb at the carb, Hold it over a container and turn the fuel valve on. Gas should jout POUR out of the tube. If it doesn't, there may be an in line filter that is plugged, there may be grunge in the bottom of the tank plugging the outlet, or possibly, the vent in the gas cap may be plugged which would create a vacuum in the tank as fuel was used. This is rare but can drive you crazy trying to find it.
Hope some of these ideas will help you.
Remember, You're playing with gas, so NO SMOKING!

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  • devrin Apr 20, 2015

    Can the vacuum lines Not being hooked up right make it do that's because the guy I got the bike from just through it together so There's vacuum lines everywhere



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