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    Welcome from Tennessee and wishing you well. Bump the fuel bowl on bottom of carburetor with handle of screwdriver (good thump)...stuck float.

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    looks like there is a problem with the petcock and I am not getting fuel. I had just filled the bike with gas a couple of days before the problem started. I checked the plugs and spark yesterday and checked the vacuum hose and it was working with no leaks. I sprayed some gas in the carb and it fired fine. So my take is no fuel through the petcock. thanks for the help.

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    My wifes 1300 would turn over and not start right after we took it out of the spring. I ended up spraying the kill switch with some electrical connection cleaner and now I have no issue with it. What everyone else said is great advise.

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    OK, If you are not getting fuel though the petcock and you are sure you are getting vacuum to the petcock than you probably have a bad petcock diaphragm. You can check this without removing the tank, here is how.

    Turn the petcock to off. Remove both lines going to the petcock, gas and vacuum don't forget the rag, just in case. using a large crescent wrench or channel locks as a last resort, slightly loosen the nut that holds the petcock to the tank, rotate the petcock 180 degrees until you are looking at the back of the petcock and tighten the nut. You can now remove the back of the petcock, this will give you access to the diaphragm and spring. check for a pin hole or crack in the diaphragm. This is the most likely cause of your problem! Let us know what you find and we can go from there.

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    Hey, my name is Jeremy. I live in South Eastern Ontario. My brother bought an '02 VTX 1800 last year which I rode home for him. I fell in love. Sold my V Star 1100 and bought the beauty that you see in my profile pic. Looking forward to being a member of the forum.

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    I bought 3 feet of vacuum hose and attached to the small nipple on the petcock. When applying as small amount of suction, the valve opened and gas ran out into a container as it should have. I put the existing fuel hose and vacuum lines back on the petcock and it has worked perfectly since. Thanks everyone for the ideas.

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    thanks, I removed the lines from the petcock and put a 3ft vacuum hose on the vacuum side and a container under the gas line side. When I applied just a little suction, the valve opened and gas poured into my container. I did this with both the main and reserve settings. Then I put the original lines back in place. The bike started great and has started perfectly ever since.

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    Smile looks like i will need to rebuild the petcock.

    Quote Originally Posted by SPARKY5151 View Post
    OK, If you are not getting fuel though the petcock and you are sure you are getting vacuum to the petcock than you probably have a bad petcock diaphragm. You can check this without removing the tank, here is how.

    Turn the petcock to off. Remove both lines going to the petcock, gas and vacuum don't forget the rag, just in case. using a large crescent wrench or channel locks as a last resort, slightly loosen the nut that holds the petcock to the tank, rotate the petcock 180 degrees until you are looking at the back of the petcock and tighten the nut. You can now remove the back of the petcock, this will give you access to the diaphragm and spring. check for a pin hole or crack in the diaphragm. This is the most likely cause of your problem! Let us know what you find and we can go from there.
    The same thing happened again. Looks like I need to put in the rebuild kit for the Petcock. Thanks for the help. Dan

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