Question about 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883

1 Answer

Have a 96 883 sportster- i have to use a squeeze dropper to inject gas into the carbuerator to start it. have to do several times while working the choke to get it to stay running and warm up. as it idles it has a miss-backfire through the carbuerator, about every 15 seconds or so. i can ride it and it rides fine though. have new spark plugs and fairly new battery.

Posted by on

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 301 Answers

It sounds like the carburetor is plugged with gasoline varnish from sitting. It takes as little as just a few months of sitting for the carburetor to become clogged. If this is the case, the carb needs to be disassembled and soaked in carburetor cleaner. Upon reassembly, be sure to blow everything out with compressed air - and make sure you can see through the jets. You can test your luck by draining the fuel and whatever contaminants have collected in the float bowl. Sometimes, that will work wonders.
You should also check for air leaks between the carb and the engine (loose clamps, cracked manifolds, etc.). Spraying WD-40 on those areas with the engine idling will help determine if there are any intake leaks (the idle speed will fluctuate when WD-40 gets sucked in).

Posted on Dec 10, 2009

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do i tell why me intex 24hp motor won't crank


what I do to test this is to remove the spark plug , inject some fuel through the plug hole directly into the cylinder. You can use a dropper, a straw , or pour...about one table spoon full. Thaen re-insert the plug and try to start several times. If it fires, even a little bit, then is is a fuel problem. Try this several times... If it only needs fuel... this will prove it... I have also sprayed starting fluid into the cylinder to try to get an ignition. This will work to prime an engine that has sat for some time as well.

Oct 10, 2014 | Craftsman Garden

1 Answer

My 1990 Gmc sierra idles great and will run good too if you feather the gas pedal, but if you want to "get on it" the motor will act like its flooding out or something and if you don't let off the...


Is this truck carbuerated or throttle-body injected? If carbuerated, I'd put in a new carb kit...and be sure to replace the accelerator pump. Ethanol in gas today wreaks all sorts of havoc with older vehicles because the rubber and plastic parts manufactured back then were not designed to deal with the problems caused by ethanol. After rebuilding your carb, buy a product called Seafoam and add it to your gas tank at the rate of 1oz per gallon of gas. It will partially offset the problems caused by ethanol.

Sep 29, 2013 | 1990 GMC Sierra

1 Answer

How do you switch fuel to reserve on a Harley davidson sportster


Hi Anonymous, if you have a carbuerator the petcock/fuel valve is located on bottom rear of the left side of the fuel tank. With the long end of the lever pointing straight back the fuel valve is in the off position and no fuel will flow to the carbuerator, with it pointing straight down the valve allows fuel flow from the gas tank to the carbuerator, with it pointing straight forward it is in reserve mode and you have roughly 1/2 to 1 gallon of fuel left in the gas tank. If you are fuel injected the is a low fuel warning light either on the dash or speedometer. If you have a fuel gauge refuel before it hits empty just like your car. Good luck and have nice day.

Oct 31, 2012 | Harley Davidson Motorcycles

1 Answer

Where is the fuel shut off valve on a 2004 RK fltr


Hi Anonymous, if you have a carbuerator the petcock/fuel valve is located on bottom rear of the left side of the fuel tank. With the long end of the lever pointing straight back the fuel valve is in the off position and no fuel will flow to the carbuerator, with it pointing straight down the valve allows fuel flow from the gas tank to the carbuerator, with it pointing straight forward it is in reserve mode and you have roughly 1/2 to 1 gallon of fuel left in the gas tank. If you are fuel injected the is a low fuel warning light either on the dash or speedometer. If you have a fuel gauge refuel before it hits empty just like your car. Good luck and have nice day.

Oct 05, 2012 | 2004 Harley Davidson FLHR - FLHRI Road...

1 Answer

Which way to turn the gas shutoff valve for reserve on 92 harley fatboy


Hi Anonymous, if you have a carbuerator the petcock/fuel valve is located on bottom rear of the left side of the fuel tank. With the long end of the lever pointing straight back the fuel valve is in the off position and no fuel will flow to the carbuerator, with it pointing straight down the valve allows fuel flow from the gas tank to the carbuerator, with it pointing straight forward it is in reserve mode and you have roughly 1/2 to 1 gallon of fuel left in the gas tank. If you are fuel injected the is a low fuel warning light either on the dash or speedometer. If you have a fuel gauge refuel before it hits empty just like your car. Good luck and have nice day.

Sep 22, 2012 | 1979 Harley Davidson XLS 1000

1 Answer

2007 sportster gas reserve location


Hi Anonymous, if you have a carbuerator the petcock/fuel valve is located on bottom rear of the left side of the fuel tank. With the long end of the lever pointing straight back the fuel valve is in the off position and no fuel will flow to the carbuerator, with it pointing straight down the valve allows fuel flow from the gas tank to the carbuerator, with it pointing straight forward it is in reserve mode and you have roughly 1/2 to 1 gallon of fuel left in the gas tank. If you are fuel injected the is a low fuel warning light either on the dash or speedometer. If you have a fuel gauge refuel before it hits empty just like your car. Good luck and have nice day.

May 13, 2012 | 2007 Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster

1 Answer

HOW DO I RESTART MY CAR AFTER IT RAN OUT OF GAS? I ALREADY PUT GAS IN, BUT IT WNT START, WHAT DO I DO?


sometimes when you run out of gas you can pull up the dirt fromthe bottom of the tank and damage the pump one quick way to see if you have a pump or filter problem is to put gas directly into the carbuerator or throttle body if fuel injected you can try spraying starting fluid into the air intake also try heet in the fuel tank i hope one of these works for you also to make sure your fuel pump is running you can take off the gas cap have somebody turn the key to on (not start) and put your ear by the tube to hear iif the pump hums or runs this primes the prior to starting good luck

Oct 14, 2011 | 2009 Pontiac G3

1 Answer

2003 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom Motorcycle I have a 2003 1200 custom sportster... Answer I have a 2003 1200 custom sportster i just had knee replacement and tried to start bike and only...


I would guess stale gasoline or fuel. Try fresh fuel in the tank. If this doesn't clear the problem, you could need to have your carburetor or fuel injection system cleaned. I'm not even sure if they put fuel injection on Sportsters since I don't work on fuel injected bikes. I mostly work on the older bikes like Panheads, Shovelheads, Evos. Not too many Sportsters but have worked on a lot of Ironhead Sportsters. Try the fuel first. It's a cheap fix. Hope it works for you. Good luck with the knee replacement. My wife had one knee replaced and it works great.

Dec 14, 2009 | 2003 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

1 Answer

Sirius Sportster 4 Problem


sell it or so many of the units run into this problem and nobody knows how to fix it.

Sep 25, 2007 | Sirius Sportster 4 SP4-TK1 Satellite Radio...

Not finding what you are looking for?
1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883 Logo

223 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Harley Davidson Experts

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

4821 Answers

Mike

Level 3 Expert

4348 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

78936 Answers

Are you a Harley Davidson Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...