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I am trying to remove the carb for cleaning it has sat for 30 years I can't seam to get throttle slide out of the top of the carb and I don't want to force it am I missing something it gets stuck right at the top

Cal,  After sitting that long, no doubt there is considerable varnish buildup on the slide which is holding tight in the carb body.

Assuming that you have it removed from the back of the head and it is just hanging from the cable, you might try to unhook the cable from the throttle housing and draw it back through the chassis so the carb can be removed with the cable still attached.

Once it is where you can work on it, try spray carb cleaner on both sides of the slides that are available and even down the top if the slide has come up some. Let it soak for a few minutes, spray again and then use something like chopsticks with a flattened out tip to start prying up on the carb slide on the inlet side. Do NOT use hard tools as you can damage the edges of the slide and/or the carb body, which is made of a soft pot metal material.

Keep spraying and turning it as much as you can and it should eventually loosen up and pull all the way out.

Bill Silver

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.


I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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