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Offline Miles Prower

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Intermittent smell of petrol
« on: October 26, 2020, 04:35:46 PM »
I've had the tiger 800 xrx 16 reg a month now and occasionally I've noticed the smell of petrol, often when back in garage after a ride (left side of bike) but also when out riding. The fuel tank can have any amount of fuel in it for this to happen ie not just full etc.
The bike has a 3 month warranty so if there's something that needs doing I'll get it looked at?
Let me know your thoughts / experiences please

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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2020, 05:31:43 PM »
Check that the filler vent and drain pipes are clear
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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 05:50:24 PM »
How would I do that,  where are they?

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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 06:22:00 PM »
I suppose what i should say is if it's not normal (?) I'll drop it into garage for them to check?

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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2020, 07:00:01 PM »
*Originally Posted by Miles Prower [+]
How would I do that,  where are they?

They run down from the filler neck, to exit behind the swinging arm.
Try just checking inside the filler neck to make sure they aren't blocked
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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 12:27:01 PM »
Ok checked, there's a rubber orange inlet at 6 o'clock as you look sitting on bike and another inlet at 9 o'clock,  both appear to be clean and unblocked.
Are there any other possible causes?

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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2020, 12:41:57 PM »
This is potentially a safety issue if it is leaking petrol from beneath the petrol tank just above the top of the engine! The fuel tank is connected to the injector fuel rail via a rubber petrol pipe with push fit connectors either end. The petrol pipe is supposed to be replaced every 3 years which, presumably, means it can deteriorate over time and potentially start leaking.

If it was me, I would remove all the trim (a bit of a job) and lift up the back of the tank to check what was going on underneath. However, if it is still under guarantee, I would strongly recommend taking it back to the dealer for them to sort out!
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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2020, 12:54:16 PM »
Thanks yeah i think I'll just get them to look at it,  it's intermittent which is the interesting thing,  but smelling fuel at any time other than filling up didn't seem right to me

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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2020, 01:27:36 PM »
Likely a mechanic not re-fitted the tank connector properly, take it back in case it's damaged.

I had a couple of fuel leaks on my ST955, one was after a recall on tank fuel connector changed from plastic to metal 'cos mechanics were breaking them, they fitted wrong size to mine, it peed out later when I was over 1,000 miles from home. Another time had fuel coming down the wiring sleeve from inside the tank.

Whatever, it needs to go to the dealer, in case it's something they've done, don't want it spit onto a hot exhaust.

Best be safe than sorry.
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Re: Intermittent smell of petrol
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2020, 01:34:34 PM »
Yeah cheers,  have booked it in for a week Friday

 


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