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Looking for some help. Have not cranked my atv since Feb this year. Took a little while but finally got her cranked. Idles fine (high) at full choke...never gets flooded and chokes down but if you give it any throttle or back off the choke it dies out. It was running fine the day I put it up. Only has about 900 miles. Where to start trouble shooting?
 

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It's the carb. Pop it open and clean it with carb cleaner. You could put seafoam or gumout in the tank and run it, but then of course you would need to have it running to do that.

Next time you put it up, put seafoam in the tank run it around for a while, shut off the gas and let the machine run until it dies. Then, use the pull start to pull the engine over to the compression stroke [when it gets hard to pull], and this won't happen.
 

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thanks Pain. I can get to crank and idle. How much gum out in the gas tank and how long....as long as it takes to stay running with the choke off, I assume??
 

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Use seafoam. Put about a 3rd of a can to a tank of gas. Your best bet is to pull the bowl off the card and spray the carb out with carb cleaner. If you aren't prepared to do that, then try the seafoam trick, but it's only a band-aid. The carb needs to be cleaned.

BTW, I just bought an 04 foreman last friday. ;) Let's see a pic of yours.

 

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Mine is an "S" not an "ES" and not near as clean as yours. I use it only for hanging deer stands in out of the way places and checking game cameras before the season. I have really enjoyed it. Purchased new in 2004. Before that, had a 1997 Yamaha BIG Bear 2wd that gave me great service but I wanted 4wd. Before that I had a 87' Honda 250SX 3 wheeler with reverse. That was great bike. Go anywhere, light weight, really low 1st gear. Sold it for what I paid for it after 10 years.
 

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"Clean" is irrelevant. Mine if clean cause I just bought it.

The picture was taken at my property and it will be used for exactly what yours is. Deer hunting and working the property.

What kind of back rack is that you have? I want one of those low racks like that to carry tools.

I have a gun scabboard that I need to mount on the front of mine. It's from a big red, so it's the one for the front, not like the back scabboards out now, which are useless IMO.
 

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After supper I'll go to autozone and get some carb cleaner and try to find my manuel. What all needs to be removed to get to the carb? I have some basic knowledge but have never had to do anything to any atv that I've owned except buy a battery and pay the dealer to service once a year,
 

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Saber6 may have some knowledge for you to remove that carb, or maybe RedRacer or someone else.

I am just getting into this stuff, but I know enough to be dangerous. What I do know, however, is that if I can do the stuff on the front end like prepping the machine for storage, then I don't have to do the stuff on the back end like you are facing now.

You would likely want to get a service manual if you intend to do this stuff often. Or, you just prevent this stuff and then take the bike in for a yearly service and go hunting. I support and agree with both approaches. :)
 

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Welcome to the site, I would start by taking the bowl off the bottom of the carb, this can be done without removing the carb. Just loosen it and rotate it, spray the carb cleaner up in the bottom and all over in the bowl.

FYI, once it is running. Always turn the gas off and let the carb run out of gas. This will prevent gas from getting stale in there.
 

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If I have to guess, which I do, there will be one screw in the bottom of the card that holds on the bowl. Put a rag on the engine under the carb to catch the gas, then remove that screw. Twist the bowl a little to loosen the gasket and the bowl will come loose. Then proceed with the cleaning and spraying.

Am I right?
 

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Pain, I cannot remember where I got the rear basket. Cabela's or Bass Pro I think. I believe it was called rear flat basket. Serves the purpose. The rear rack fits inside so it stays pretty well in place but the rear tab of the factory rack does poke through so it is not "flat". I bought the front basket as well but it would not fit because of the headlight. Turns out you would not want a front basket anyway, The headlight will be obscurred and the reflection of the light would be a annoying.
 

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Welcome to the site, I would start by taking the bowl off the bottom of the carb, this can be done without removing the carb. Just loosen it and rotate it, spray the carb cleaner up in the bottom and all over in the bowl.

FYI, once it is running. Always turn the gas off and let the carb run out of gas. This will prevent gas from getting stale in there.
I agree^^ use a good amount of cleaner work the float with your fingers, make sure everything is free of varnish.
 
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