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OK, I blew it. I didn't properly winter-ize my (fairly) new

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OK, I blew it. I didn't properly winter-ize my (fairly) new motorcycle (Suzuki Boulevard 640). I know it's a carburator issue when not properly cared for -- and not on the road. Is there anything I can do short of getting it towed to a mechanic?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help.Do you want to try and perform a carb clean or are you looking for an alternative?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hard for me to know. I guess carb clean, if that what's usually done for bikes not winterized properly.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Again Emrys,Do you need more information?
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
yes please. Does the bike idle? start with or with out choke? How long did it sit?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I can't get it to turn over. It's been in the garage since January.
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
So you turn the key on and push start and nothing happens?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Not quite. The engine cranks, but won't start.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It won't turn over.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Will a carb clean get it to start?
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Possibly, lets get the year, and exact model for starters.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
OK
Suzuki Boulevard LS 650
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
I see it says 2013 Boulevard 640, is it a 650 savage?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
2014 LS 650
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Not sure about the "Savage" part
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Okay, are you familiar with removing the air filter on your
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sorry, but I'm not familiar with much on motorcycles
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Not a problem. Do you have any starting fluid or carburetor cleaner?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Don't think so.
Can it be as simple as getting some and then cleaning the carburetor?
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Yes, but first I was going to have you remove the air filter and squirt it into the intake, this gives the engine something to burn and if it starts then you know for a fact it is the carb
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Oh, where would the air filter be?
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Depending on your mechanical level though, a carb clean may not be a good idea.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Well, I can follow directions (steps), as in . . .
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
The air filter is under the seat on the right hand side of the bike. There is an access port you slide it out of.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
1 Remove air filter
2 squirt in carb clearner
3 try to start
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Yes
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
So . . .Should I get some starting fluid or carburetor cleaner
removed the air filter (under the seat)
squirt some fluid/cleaner into the air intake
and then
try to start the bike?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is there a type or brand of carburetor cleaner that works best; one you recommend?
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Starting fluid is much easier to use, but also extremely flammable, Carb Cleaner (like Chemtool B12) while still flammable is also useful in the actual cleaning carb section as well as squirting in the intake. Using either one, remove the air filter from the bike and squirt as far into the intake as possible. Press the start button and see if it starts.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
OK. I'll have to go buy some. Then try those steps.
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Let me know the results and we will go from there.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
ThanksNow, from what (little) you know, if that doesn't work . . .
any idea of what I might be looking at?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
OK
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'll keep this window open (in a browser on my laptop) and get back to you in an hour or so -- if you're still available.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the help
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi EmrysStill available?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have some carburetor cleaner, etc.
I've taken things apart to the point of sliding the air filter out, but just don't see anywhere to spray/pour the cleaner. It's all plastic where the air filter sits. Is that what you described as the access port?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Headed back out to my garage to see if I can find a logical area to spray/pour the carb cleaner
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Will check this chat window again in a few minutes
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
. . . sorry. Couldn't find the route you were describing. Working along a different plan now.
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
It may not look like it goes anywhere but if you spray the cleaner in there and crank it, the fumes will find their way into the cyinders
Expert:  Emrys replied 2 years ago.
Please accept the answer if you have no further questions, it releases it from my open questions list. Thanks, Emrys
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