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Old 07-10-2013, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2006 Rancher 350 Strange Carb. Problem

My Rancher is doing something strange. If I park it on a small incline at my garage, it won't start the next day. I have to back it out manually and get it on a down hill incline and it will start right up. It's full of gas and runs perfect after it starts. I'm sure it is a carburetor problem as it did this about a year ago. After a company rebuilt the carb., the problem went away. Now it is back again. I use sea foam in every 5 gallon gas can I fill up, ounce to the gallon. I wonder if it wintering over in the Virginia cold has anything to do with it...Strange problem.

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be a bad float valve in your carbureator - which allows the bowl to overfill and flood.
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My 06' 350 float gets stuck after I store it for winter and sometimes after sitting. Just take a little piece of wood put it on the carb and tap it with a hammer to loosen it up a little, always does the trick if it's a sticky float.
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Thank you brother..good advice.
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Interesting. I'll try tapping on the carb. I'm trying to understand why pointing it downhill causes it to start. Is it aluminum oxide that makes the float begin to stick or what actually causes it? Wonder if I should pull it out and clean it real good.

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Interesting. I'll try tapping on the carb. I'm trying to understand why pointing it downhill causes it to start. Is it aluminum oxide that makes the float begin to stick or what actually causes it? Wonder if I should pull it out and clean it real good.

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do yourself a favor...remove the gas tank..drain it..then pull the petcock from the bottom of the tank..check the pick up screen ?..make sure it's clean ?..make sure you don't have any trash inside the tank ??. thennnnnn..install an inline fuel filter between the petcock and carb !!!..if any trash gets by the main screen in the petcock...the inline filter will catch it..before it gets to your float needle in the carb..which just happends to be one of your problems !.
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I been meaning to get me a fuel filter but ain't done it yet. Look in your air box and see if any is leaking in it, smell it to see also.
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That is great advice. Didn't know there was an screen in petcock. Wish Honda would have just put a fuel filter inline to begin with...I will drain the tank and inspect the screen. Thank you.
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Air box good and tight...not a sniff of vapor anywhere. Thanks for the tip!
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