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Gas in oil - Yamaha Virago 250 2006

I keep ending up with fuel in my oil when I change it. I thought the problem was over-use of the choke so I quit using the choke to warm it up but the fuel leak is the same. Carb problem or cylinder problem?

It runs great regardless, I've just been changing oil excessively out of fear of grinding something.

It's a Virago 250 from 2006

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Your carb. is flooding the cylinder when its not running.it will cause ring damage.turn your gas pitcock off when not in use.get carb cleaned &adjusted.

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