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Old 12-29-2017, 02:21 AM   #1
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Default Do I need to drain my engine?

I got back from my week long vacation to find that I left my petcock on prime. I took the carbs off of the intake and found what looked like quite a bit of gas. I bought a 19mm socket but it doesnít seem to fit. I canít drain the cylinders unless I buy another socket.

Here is a picture of what I see before even looking in the cylinder. Note that I only found gas buildup before the valve in this one cylinder. I also did not have fuel draining from the overflows.


Also on an unrelated note I found that at least one of my plugs (only checked two) didnít have the exposed hex fitting. Basically imagine a spark plug that looks normal without the part the socket fits around. Itís possible that there is a rust colored gasket covering it but I really donít know.

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your help with teaching me how to give my bike the TLC it needs.

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Old 12-29-2017, 08:40 AM   #2
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No real need to pull the plugs yet. FYI itís an 18mm thin walll socket. Smell the oil, if it smells of fuel drain and change it. The carb that it leaking needs service. It should not leak by no matter what setting the petcock is set at.
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