Question about 2002 Harley Davidson XL Sportster 883

1 Answer

My wife has a 2002 883 with about 495 miles on it, would like to get running ,but with it sitting so long there is no oil showing in side tank,no signs of oil leak and should carb. and fuel tank be cleaned. not sure where to start???

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.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 4,565 Answers

Ok, your bike has been sitting for a while. The oil is all in the crankcase. This is a common problem with Harley's that have the tank located higher than the engine. The oil seeps past the check valve in the oil pump.

Take the spark plugs out of your engine and spin the engine with the starter. You need to be careful that you don't burn up the starter. Spin the engine for about 20-30 seconds and then let it sit for about five minutes before you do it again. Once the oil tank is back to nearly full, you can try to start the engine. Do not add any oil to the tank until you get the engine running. You must pump all the oil out of the cases first. As long as there is oil in the tank, you can safely start the engine.

But, if it's been sitting that long, you will probably have to put fresh gasoline in the tank and go thorough the carb before it's going to start. I'd take the carb off the engine and take it to a shop and have them clean (rebuild) the carb. To get the carb off, remove the air cleaner cover, filter, and backing plate. Loosen the throttle cables at the throttle grip. Loosen the large nut on the choke cable near the knob on the left side of the bike and let it swing freely. Remove the cables from the carb linkage and disconnect the fuel line. Pull the carb out of the intake manifold seal being careful not to damage the choke cable.

Installation is the reverse of what I just told you except you must be certain of the correct throttle operation prior to starting the engine. You don't want the engine starting up with the throttle wide open. Make sure it work properly.

Good Luck
steve

Posted on Jun 03, 2010

Testimonial: "Steve thank you very much for the info. i was going to just add more oil. I figured i'd need to rebuild carb,but you just confirmed it for me.thank u again. john"

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 Mechanic 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 repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

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

Air Conditioning not working properly


My wife once mistakenly topped off the tank with diesel instead of gas. Same symptoms. Gas also goes bad when it sits in a tank for several months without a stabilizer. Try adding a fuel stabilizer and filling the tank with high-octane premium gas.

Apr 29, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

3 Answers

2002 FATBOY, AFTER SITTING A WEEK, CHANGED OIL AND FILTER,VERY LITTLE OIL CAME OUT, ASSUMED ENG. OIL LEVEL WAS LOW, BUT NO OIL LEAKS DETECTED. ADDED 3 QTS , ROAD BIKE ABOUT 20 MILES. NOW ENG. IS LEAKING...


The Oil Capacity is 3.5 qts. (3.3 L) are you sure you pulled the right drain plug, and drained the ENGINE oil? The engine oil drain hex bolt is located on the right side of the motorcycle and is removed/installed horizontally.
Transmission oil drain hex bolt is located on the left side of the motorcycle and is removed/installed vertically.

Jul 25, 2011 | 2002 Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard

1 Answer

My 1997 grand am runs rough, theres oil around the 1 spark plug, if it sits and runs for a 10-15 min it will start to get hot. also the gas gauge will say 1/2 tank then after a mile or 2 it will say 1/4 ...


Those are troubled cars and older ones are even more troubled with problems I would sell it and get anything but a pontiac and a dodge stay away warning! warning! You got high miles on that ? Its a money drain.

Mar 13, 2011 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Am

1 Answer

What kind of maintenance should i do to my 1989 cbr 600 f to keep it in tip top running condition


  • Change gearbox oil every 3000 miles. Change oil filter every 6000 miles. Use 10w40 motor oil. NEVER use synthetic lubricants as they can mess up the clutch.
  • Oil the chain every two weeks. Lube the control cables every oil filter change.
  • Keep the gas tank full in the cold months. This lessens internal tank rusting due to condensation in the tank. Drain the carbs when the bike will sit over the winter unless you plan on starting the bike every two weeks and letting it run for 15 minutes each time.
  • Be sure the gas valve is turned off when the bike is not in use.
  • Get a 2 amp trickle charger and charge the battery once a week for 4 hours in the winter. Be sure to keep enough water in the battery to cover the top of the plates in each cell. Know that batteries only last two years or so.
  • Check the chain tension once a month during the summer riding season.
  • Please rate my answer. Thanks.

Sep 11, 2010 | 1989 Honda CBR 600 F Hurricane

1 Answer

2002 hayabusa throttle sticks cables are good springs on the stacks is good runs good after stacks is spayed an cleaned what keeps making it stick. Bad oil, Been running with no baffle in the exhaust...


Varnish builds up after awhile and causes this problem..gas can go stale in less than 8 weeks if the bike sits for awhile...Go to your local auto parts store and buy a can of Seafoam...pour 1/2 the can in on a full tank of fresh gas...run the tank down as fast as u can...pour the rest of the Seafoam in the next tank of fuel...you will see an improvement...Would be a good idea to replace fuel filter after the second tank, any debris or sludge in the tank will be cleaned out also.. never run your bike without good air filtration, this is bad karma. K & N makes a good high flow filter. As far as motor oil...i recommend a full synthetic like Lucas... Mobil 1 or Vavoline...change it every 3500 miles.
Good luck, i hope this helps...please rate me a fixya.

Aug 12, 2009 | 1996 Suzuki RF 900 RS2

1 Answer

After riding a couple hundred miles my FXD died. I checked the oil and topped off with gas before leaving. After it died I checked the oil and dipstick showed very low. After sitting an hour, it showed 1/2...


First of all, your oil level has nothing to do with your bike stalling. Best way to check it is with engine cold. Shoot for halfway between full and add marks.Your levels are normal. The engine retains some oil after running. It takes awhile to drain back into the case.Please clarify your stalling problem. How fast were you going? Sitting still. Only upon startup after a drive?

Jul 06, 2009 | 2000 Harley Davidson FXD Dyna Super Glide

1 Answer

1986 Suzuki GS 450 won't start


Take the carburetors apart and either rebuild them or clean them thoroughly.

Jun 19, 2009 | 1980 Suzuki Gs 550 L

1 Answer

89 Ford F150 shuts off when put in gear.


After sitting 2 years, there must have been some fuel in tank that has probably gone real bad (like shellac) and contaminated the fuel system, plugged up filter etc. Usually rust will form in tank, mixed with stale fuel, it will turn just like mud.

Apr 26, 2009 | 1989 Ford F 150

Not finding what you are looking for?
2002 Harley Davidson XL Sportster 883 Logo

337 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Harley Davidson Experts

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

4536 Answers

Mike

Level 3 Expert

4341 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

77186 Answers

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

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...