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Another Carb question

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Hi Folks,

I have 2003 Honda Rancher 350 ES. It's been running great until after plowing a lot of snow my carb started leaking from the float bowl overflow. (I hope my terms are correct) I didn't have time to fix it myself (I work 48-hour shifts and we received over 3 feet of snow Please don't take my man card) I had Honda rebuild my carb for 220 dollars. YIKES Anyhow, it had to be done. I installed the rebuilt carb and it still leaks.

Any ideas???? I'll return it to Honda but until then.......HELP

Thanks,, Neal
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Thanks for the response. I live in the Sierra Mountains and I'm about 2 hours from the Honda dealer who repaired the carb. I've ordered a cheap Amazon carb that should be delivered today (doubtful UPS can make deliveries due to road conditions) and I thought that might temporarily get me out of this bind. More snow is coming today. And to add insult to injury the belt on my snowblower went the day after my carb started leaking.

Any thoughts on a fix I can try here at home? I pulled the carb and the float/needle look fine.

Thanks again, Neal
Thanks, Everyone....... I thought the Amazon carb was a shot in the dark but I was stuck at work for 48 hours and it was all I could do to try to resolve my issue. I'll send it back so I'll only be out the 7.99 shipping.

Back to my leak perhaps my description is poor. It's not a leak as in drip drip drip the fuel POURS out like the needle is not seated correctly. Honda told me about the problem they have with the carb but the thought mine looked okay. I offered to purchase a new carb but they didn't think that was necessary.

Does that change anyone's mind or suggestions?

Me again,

All the replaced parts were from Honda and they said the cleaned the carb in their ultrasonic cleaner. The float and needle were replaced by Honda. If it were the brass seat would I expect the fuel to pour out or drip out? I think that's my confusion.

Thanks, Neal
Sorry, Goober I just reread your response. I didn't try tightening the drain screw but I will. The leak is coming from the drain hole on the bottom of the float bowl. I hope my terminology is correct.
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That clears that up thanks, I think I was hoping there was a difference in pouring or dripping. It must be the seat but on the off chance, it's the drain screw I'll go in the garage and check it.

Thanks ALL
have a great day.
Shadetree, Goober and everyone who replied,

I pulled the bowl and gently pushed the float up and blew into the fuel intake. It sealed mostly but had a little blow by. I pulled the float out and the needle used a Q-tip and carb cleaner to clear the seat and reinstalled the needle and float. And ATV purrs like a kitten.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the help. Especially shadtree and goober.

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