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After cleaning my carbs.. just the bowls and carb

After cleaning my carbs.. Just the float chamber and carb cleaner in areas I could reach by removing the Vacuum chamber cover and jet I have fuel pouring from one of the air vent tubes. What Did I do wrong? (other than trying to clean all those carbs)

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You probably have a stuck float needle or a float needle that missed the hole check the leaking carb again. It could be a piece of dirt on just the one float needle or worst case scenario a sunk float(you have to test them by floating them in a cup of gas.).Note: black plastic/foam style floats are susceptible to saturation sinking when used in ethanol fuel (gasohol). If this happens you have to replace the float.

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