How to Clean a Motorcycle Carburetor

by Rachel Terry

A filthy motorcycle carburetor can cause many different problems. If it's extremely dirty, the motorcycle may not start at all. If it's just mildly dirty, your motorcycle may be louder than it needs to be.

First, you need to remove the carburetor. On some models, this may be a relatively easy thing to do. However, it may be necessary for you to remove the seat, side covers, and fuel tank in order to get the carburetor off.

Use a brush to remove loose dirt and grime. An old toothbrush that you were about to throw away works just fine for this.

Remove the screws that hold the carburetor bowl on. Now you can get to the inside of the carburetor.

Using carb cleaner, which you can buy at auto parts stores, clean the inside of the bowl. If the bowl is full of grease or other foreign matter, you may need to use a stick to dig it out before you can clean the inside.

Use the tooth brush and carb cleaner to clean the other parts of the carburetor. When the springs, pins, and screws are all cleaned, your carburetor will run just like it did when it was new. Some people actually boil all of these parts in water to get rid of every last piece of grime. This is not necessary, but it will ensure that everything is clean.

Put the carburetor back together and re-install it on your motorcycle.

Items you will need

About the Author

Rachel Terry has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University. She has been a freelance writer since 1998, authoring literary study guides, as well as articles and essays.