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Old 02-18-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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Just ran out of gas for the first time...

Luckily I was in the IHOP parking lot, right next to a gas station so I didn't get stranded. My question is this: why did the tank run dry with the fuel valve set to normal? When I switched it to reserve, it still wouldn't start. Could someone have replaced the fuel line for the normal setting at some point, and cut it too short so it sits just as low or even lower in the tank than the reserve line? What else could it be?
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:35 PM   #2
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How long did you try starting the bike in reserve?

I have had to switch to reserve 2x already and it takes me a good 2-3 mins of cranking the bike up (in reserve) before it fires up.
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:39 PM   #3
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How long did you try starting the bike in reserve?

I have had to switch to reserve 2x already and it takes me a good 2-3 mins of cranking the bike up (in reserve) before it fires up.
Well my battery started to run down after maybe 10 tries of cranking for a few seconds so I stopped and just went to the gas station.
Should the bowl start to fill up as soon I switch to reserve with the engine off? I worked on small engines for a few months last winter so I should know this. Half the time I was rebuilding or at least cleaning lawnmower, ATV, and small dirt bike carbs.
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It shouldnt take that much crankin to get it to strart on reserve, when I rode my ZX6R i only knew when to fill up when it died and i would just reach down and switch it while i was ridin and it would fire right up, the reserve is actually a lower section of you tank, so you may have a clog in the petcock or the tank. Try pullin the tank next time its almost empty and checkin everything out. You are ridin an older bike so it may just be the way you particular system operates though.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:39 PM   #6
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It shouldnt take that much crankin to get it to strart on reserve, when I rode my ZX6R i only knew when to fill up when it died and i would just reach down and switch it while i was ridin and it would fire right up, the reserve is actually a lower section of you tank, so you may have a clog in the petcock or the tank. Try pullin the tank next time its almost empty and checkin everything out. You are ridin an older bike so it may just be the way you particular system operates though.
+1 alot of chit gets in that reserve line if you don't use it often. I've heard on kawiforums that sometimes the reeds or tubes that feed the line inside the tank even wear away/get clogged since it particularly sits in all the that's inside the tank (bottom).
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:47 PM   #7
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^ sounds logical. I guess its good that I run out of gas here and there then so that line gets used
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Another point that no one said yet... Take another look at your petcock on/off/res switch and see if there is an arrow on the . I've seen some bikes where the long end of the is the arrow's direction, & on other bikes the long end is just a handle (i.e. arrow points away from long end)

In other words, you might think its turned to "ON" but its actually on "RES"

Just a thought. after seeing that i still sometimes do double takes on my own petcock just to make sure its correct.
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Just disconnect the reserve line at the petcock and see if fuel comes out.

Also relating to what Pimpdaub said, someone could have routed the lines opposite at the valve if it was ever taken off/apart.
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like everyone else said. check your petcock. my 900 had the same issue. but only because it was sitting up for so long. the res. line got clogged. check the knobs and make sure they are lined up to were there suppose to be. never hurts to replace lines. you can get gas lines from autozone for free. atleast i could when i would ask them about gas lines.
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if you run the main dry and it wont start, best thing to do is switch to reserve and wait a few minutes before trying to start it up. have a smoke, make a phone call, send a text...whatever... then give it a go.
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Back in the day it was common to run on reserve every now and then after a fill up, just to make sure it's tube wasn't clogged.

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