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Old 08-04-2012, 10:36 AM
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2001 Sportsman 500 leaking fuel

So my 01 sportsman 500 is leaking gas out of the tube that runs from the carb down to the foot rest. I usually keep the fuel turned to the off position while it's in the garage. Today I had it on the lawn giving it a bath and I left the fuel dial in the on position. When I bent down there was a steady stream of gas running out of the hose. I opened the gas cap thinking it was because the sun was beating on the tank, but it didn't stop. I turned the dial to off and it stopped. Any ideas/thoughts would be great. Otherwise it's headed for the shop. Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:49 PM
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This happened to my 2003 500 a couple years ago.A friend of mine helped me take the carburator off,we then figured out an o-ring in the carb needed replacing.We got an o-ring out of a kit because the polaris dealer said they didnt sell just the ring.It has not leaked since,maybe this will help.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:56 PM
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Sounds like your float needle seat, is worn out. It stops the fuel from coming in the carb when it's full. Time to replace it and while in there , give it a good cleaning.
You could try some "seafoam" first, there could be some dirt hung up at the seat , try that first. Fill the tank, pour in about half the bottle , drive it.

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Old 08-04-2012, 01:27 PM
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Thanks for the help. I figured it was something in the carb. Because I'm not a carb guy...off to the shop it goes. Thanks again.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:40 PM
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I would try a can of seafoam before going to the shop, unless money isn't an issue....

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