Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Won't idle, floods and dies.
2002 KLR 650 : Pulled up to a stop sign a few feet from home (luckily) and it just died, pushed it on home and this is what has transpired. It would start with the throttle wide open and would stay running at about 3K if you feathered the throttle but if you let it idle down it just died. I've had the bike about a month and had just filled up on my second tank of gas. I rode about 25 miles that morning and had ridden about 75 miles the day before. It runs better if you choke it about half way but then I notice small puddles of gas on the ground that seem to be coming from the airbox.
I drained the carb float bowl into a glass jar and saw minimal fine sediment and no signs of water in the gas. Removed the seat and tank to check battery connections and wiring under the tank between the battery and the forks hoping to find some kind of electrical short. On what I think to be very good advice I proceeded to drill the plug from the idle/mixture jet hole on the bottom of the carb, dropped the float bowl where there was a good bit of sediment, backed out the idle/mix jet and gave everything a good cleaning with carb cleaner. I was very hesitant to try this because a mechanic I'm not but was feeling very good about the whole thing at this point.
So as I'm screwing the idle/mix jet back in I notice some resistance so I back it out again and peer up in there with a flash light and a magnifying glass (old eyes) and I see what appears to be a little washer and part of an O-ring. Part of an O-ring mind you. When I backed the screw out the first time all that came out was the screw (jet??). I fished around up in there and also managed to get a little spring out. Well there was apparently more that I hadn't seen and it seems when I put the jet and spring back in the resistance I encountered was the jet pushing part of that O-ring up into the hole where the jet was supposed to go. I finally got the little washer out and part of the O-ring. I've tried everything in my toolbox but can't find anything small enough too get up in that little hole to retreive the last bit of the O-ring. From what I did get out there's probable alittle less than half of it still up in there.
Am I going to have to pull the carb off the bike and completely disassemble it to clean up this mess? Any and all suggestions will be most appreciated!!!
Unlucky in Kentucky