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1993 Hona Shadow won't idle - VT 1100 C Honda Motorcycles

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If you have switched from pure gasoline to ethanol try adjusting the idle screw (black plastic knob) under the carburetors. If you turn the knob clockwise it will raise the idle. If you drive for a while and the idle is now too high , turn the knob counter-clockwise a lower the idle. A shock dose (as described on the bottle) of Chevron Techron may clean up minor carburetor deposits, but if the idle adjustment and the fuel system cleaner do not work, then you will have to take the carburetors off and clean them. Remove the bowl and the jets and shoot carburetor cleaner through the jets and the passageways through the carburetor body to clear out any blockage. This should restore a proper idle.

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2. Fuel filter clogged.
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1. Fuel cap or fuel tank is not venting properly.
2. Fuel filter clogged.
3. Fuel line pinched or kinked.
4. Vacuum line from the petcock to intake manifold cracked.
5. Float needle and seat sticking.
6. Float level too low.
7. Carburetor bowl vent line clogged/blocked/pinched.
8. Idle adjusting screw set too low.
9. Air/fuel mixture screw set too lean.
10. Idle port, transfer ports, slow air jet clogged.
11. Slow fuel jet clogged.
12. Faulty fuel pump.
For more information about your issue and valuable "Free" downloads that you will need please Click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
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Hi, Esw2035 and the usual suspects are:
1. Fuel cap or fuel tank is not venting properly.
2. Fuel filter clogged.
3. Fuel line pinched or kinked.
4. Vacuum line from the petcock to intake manifold cracked.
5. Float needle and seat sticking.
6. Float level too low.
7. Carburetor bowl vent line clogged/blocked/pinched.
8. Idle adjusting screw set too low.
9. Air/fuel mixture screw set too lean.
10. Idle port, transfer ports, slow air jet clogged.
11. Slow fuel jet clogged.
12. Faulty fuel pump.
For more information about your issue and valuable "Free" downloads that you will need please Click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
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