Join Date: May 2005
Location: St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Ass - U- mp - tions can make you look stupid
Well I was "wrong" and I'm guilty of making an ass out of U and me,
A week or so ago I started a thread regarding the shelf life of fuel injector cleaner,
What happened was I washed my bike, added some fuel injector cleaner that was probably a year or more old and went for a ride,
My bike ran like crap, rough idle low rpm spark knock, like it's not firing on all four
so logic tells me it's usually the last thing you did/changed etc,
so I ass-U-med bad fuel injector cleaner, got some Sea foam burned up another tank of fuel and it didn't help,
actually seemed like it got worse the next day,
so what's next?? start replacing things, maybe spark plugs, clogged injector etc, etc.
Then last night my little Dachshund was paying a lot of attention to my LT,
like maybe there was a mouse or something up in there,
got a flashlight and sure enough there's a damn rat way back up in the the motor.
Rolled her outside, started the bike and the rat came out and took off.
Today I started pulling tupperware, and sure enough first thing I saw was a chewed up radiator overflow hose,
looked a little further and there are chewed wires going to the fuel injector rail,
it's a wonder the damn thing ran at all.
Got my soldering iron and the heat shrink out and a couple of hours later she's purring like a kitten.
Putting it all together with hindsight, that rat has been visiting my LT most every night for at least a week,
that explains why she continued to run worse everyday,
the injector cleaner had nothing to do with it.
St. Petersburg FL
"Silver Buffalo" Totaled 5/06
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