sharpecostumes (sharpecostumes) wrote in bike_shop,

Z440 carb update

Just a quick update from my earlier posting. Thanks to some wonderful commenters, I was able to not only get those two screws off the top of the carbs, but got those stuck-solid pilot jets out too!

The lower right hand one cut easily enough and came out nicely. The upper left hand though had to be ground off via dremel as slotting it didn't work, a bit too rusted. It would just break apart whenever I took any sort of screwdriver or flathead to it The remains are atop of the cover there in the middle.

and look! The pilot jets are gone too! Needlenose pliers and PB blaster weren't doing the trick and I had been given two options by my husband. Easy-outs, or buy new carbs. Me, being too bull headed to let a pair of stubborn jets get in my way, decided to try for the easy-out method. I slipped to the auto parts store and snagged an easy out bit and a drill bit matching the size needed and headed home. A moment of careful drilling, a couple minutes to let the jets marinate in some PB blaster, I held my breath and let the easy-out bit do its job. Both jets broke off but thankfully all I had to do was pull up gently as I was pulling the drill trigger and the rest of the parts came out.

Course I'm dancing like a pathetic girl would over a simple acheivement, but I'm rather proud of myself haha. Once my gaskets and new jets arrive, my carburetor will be like new. All clean, shining, and smooth operating. Gunna see if we can't take off the engine in a bit and give it a nice go through. I believe I remember someone elsewhere mentioning seafoam so I may run that through but until then, it's destributor cap off, spark plugs out,  a few drops of fresh oil in and crank it a couple times. Thanks guys for the tips, they've been absolutely wonderful so far!
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