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No fuel from tank

I removed the tank, checked the petcock, no blockage apparent. Still can't get fuel to carbs.

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Take a clean piece of fuel line and slide one end over the fuel fitting on the carb, and try to blow gently through it. if you cant blow through the line, then you have a problem with the needle/seat assembly inside the bowl of the carb. remove the bowl, and pull the float out along with the small needle under it, and make sure its not stuck, and make sure that the bore that the needle slides into is clean. also, re assemble the float and needle, and check for float adjustment. with the carb upright, check that the needle moves freely along with the float, and isnt pressed shut when the float is at its lowest position. if needed, then bend the small tab on the float that presses against the lower end of the needle, to give it a bit more slack and allow the needle to open up a bit more. do this check on both carbs.

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