sorry i haven't been around a bit - december was, uh, abnormal.. the first 3 new year's days that we were here were snow-free - but not this year..
okay i am pretty robust, but even i have a limit - cold blizzard with blowing snow AGAIN last night and i am sore... i only did cat paths and entrances today... and i have the dreaded driveway to face which is daunting because the darn atv is on the fritz.. here is its last know operation, dec 16:
after which it was up to me to shovel...130 plus feet is pretty brutal!!!
down the hill before..
after trying for 2 days to start the atv, including using cleaning the air filter, using carburetor cleaner etc. i was pretty sure the carb needed help... when i stared the bike while spraying in the cleaner - it would run for 2-3 seconds.. symptoms plus advice help from w and h sealed the deal..
i am NO mechanic and this is not the time of year to do this kind of work, but... off it comes!!! i will be honest, i don't know anything about this..
but i do have this plus a pdf from a different publisher..
screw heads were stripped but i DID get the float chamber off, i could not remove the screws for the baffle chamber... this means i will eventually have to buy a new carb, so i went on ebay and ordered one for a good price.. still it will be two weeks away and i need to get the thing working plus i have to learn this stuff sometime...
hey - i'll bet that green stuff doesn't belong there!!!! from what i can tell there has been water in the carb that is reacting with the brass nozzles!!!
float assembly out...
and wrapped for cleaning in one package..
i did the same with whatever i could take apart - thankfully that was most of the pieces most likely to be gummed up - i didn't take pics as i had to do it in the basement and my hands were all gunked up - it is k's camera after all, plus, i am NO expert so i don't want to provide advice i am unsure of...
but time is of the essence as... hey this is this morning!!!!
where is the driveway???
what is in the back of the truck???
nice pattern, i guess - no really it is beautiful, but still snapping cold today... tomorrow will be around freezing...
and put it back together...
HOPEFULLY it will be the thing that i needed to fix and i fixed it properly!
I will put the atv back together - carb, air filter chamber etc. the battery is charging and temps tomorrow will be favorable for starting... i keep the atv under a tarp which is less than optimal. i was planning to have a shed built for it by now, but it didn't happen.
the lesson here is ....don't rely on last year... i thought i had time to build an atv shed ... winter arrived and stayed way too early..
the other lesson is get equipment ready and serviced when conditions are favorable and you aren't relying on the equipment, next fall that atv will be ready to go!!
cheers all - happy new year!!!!