How to Remove a Motorcycle Carburetor

A motorcycle carburetor is the device that helps in mingling the required quantities of fuel and the air so that there is combustion. Hence this carburetor actually makes the motorcycle work. Depending on the bike model, carburetors are usually set in single units or might be arranged in a rack with more than one. Repairing and cleaning of the carburetor calls for its removal from the motorcycle, which may be performed in the manner outlined below.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Wrench
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdriver
  • Ratchet straps

Step 1 - Remove Top Parts

The seat of the motorcycle has to be taken off before removing the carburetor. Most models have seats that can be detached by simply pulling them out of the locking system that secures the seats in their positions. However, in many other models you have to locate the bolts that attach the seat on to the frame of the motorcycle. Use a wrench to loosen the bolts so that the seat sits free.

Step 2 - Seat Removal

Once the seat is removed, you need to dislodge the fuel tank of the motorcycle. The bolts that secure the tank have to be loosened. They are placed at the underside of the tank, connecting to the frame. Once the bolts are loosened with the wrench, lift the tank up and you shall see a fuel line present below the area of the tank. Slowly pull out the line, and invert the tank so that the fuel does not drip on the ground.

Step 3 - Panels

Take Phillips head screwdriver and unscrew the screws that secure the panels at the side of the motorcycle.

Step 4 - Cables and Clamps

See where the clamps are placed on the boots for intake of air and also those attaching the carburetor boots. The screw present on the circular clamp must be loosened for the clamps to be detached from the boots. Hold the air box in its position, while loosening the bolts. Finally, pull out the air box. If the boots do not come out easily, use some lubricating gel on them. Pry up the opening at the places of the rubber boots, with a screwdriver. Make sure you locate the lines and connections in the carburetor zone.

Carefully remove all the cables. The cables need to be taken out over the bracket top and then clipped. Take care that the cables are not kinked during handling. You may throttle them. Idle cables have to be sent backwards by pushing away so that they do not interfere in the way of removing the carburetor. Once this is done, the choke cable can be easily pulled out. At the back of the motorcycle VOES switch and petcock, you will find the vacuum hose. Disconnect this before removing the carburetor.

Step 5 - Final Steps

Make sure you grip the sides of the carburetor firmly. Rock the part from one side to the other. Shake it in its position mildly so that it falls loose from the surrounding frame. Sometimes you need to keep rocking the carburetor in its place so that it sits loose bit by bit. Pull it out towards you when it gets free. Perform this step gently as you do not want to end up with broken parts that need replacements. For a carburetor that seems very tight, you can take the aid of ratchet straps to pull it off.