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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:46 am    Post subject: Forget to shut off the fuel valve... Reply with quote

I keep forgetting to turn off the fuel valve. Am I courting any issues by failing to do so?

I'll make sure I turn it off then I winterize the bike, but keep forgetting to when I ride on a daily basis. Problem?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I think it can fill the carb and than have trouble starting. Other than I don't think it will be a huge deal, maybe it might leak into the cylinder? Still that would get pumped out when you crank it... Than again I'm still a noob as far as the 2-strokes go.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought my Stella brand-new in the summer of 2006. I have not turned off the fuel valve since I bought it. So far, no problem.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a good idea to shut it off and run out the fuel if you plan to leave it off for a long time. That might help with the gumming up you hear so much about.
The only other shutoff valve on my stuff is on my motorcycle. I always shut it off but don't run out the fuel. Never been a problem. Other people with the same bike never shut theirs off and claim it doesn't matter. Unless you remove the tank. Then it matters. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason for fuel shutoffs on motorcycles is to prevent a stuck carburator float from draning your gas into the engine. On a four stroke that would seriously contaminate the crankcase oil and/or hydro-lock a cylinder. Newer machines have vacuum shutoffs so you do not need to worry about it. Fuel injected machines have an elecric fuel pump so no shutoff needed. It is best to turn the fuel off on your Stella if it is going to sit a while.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or draining it onto the ground. It is also a low tech anti theft device. IF they can get it started they are not going to get too far
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point, thieves are dumb. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So am I when I forget to turn it back on and stall in traffic!
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