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How to Clean a Carb on a Yamaha Virago


Yamaha Viragos were manufactured from 1981 to 1996. This long production of cruising motorcycles saw several different engine, transmission, body and power variations throughout the years. One thing that did remain constant, however, is the need for regular maintenance and upkeep. If your motorcycle engine starts running poorly or refuses to start, this may be an indication it is time to clean that carb.

Tools Used: Tools, Phillips-head screwdriver, Flat-head screwdriver, Carburetor cleaner, Toothbrush, Compressed air spray, Metal guitar string or equivalent

Clean a Carb

Take the seat off your Yamaha so you can access the fuel tank. Turn the fuel selector to “Off.” Unscrew the bolt towards the rear of the tank, loosen the clamps and pull the fuel lines off. Pull the tank off the bike and put it to the side.