Raw fuel smell!

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I just bought a low mileage '00 F4s and I am noticing a raw fuel smell as if there is a leak. Is there a known problem of this and/or does anyone know of a logical fix? The bike is still under warranty but the closest dealer is a ways away.


-- Scott Smith (Srfcity@hotmail.com), May 30, 2002


The particular accident you are speaking of wasn't the bikes fault. I believe they took apart the F4 for a photo shoot and did not get all the hoses in check.

My fuel line inside the tank became disconnected and caused me to be stranded. A faulty clamp was deemed the culprit.

But as was said take precaution and have your dealer check the bike over.

-- mod (mvf4s@excite.com), May 31, 2002.

I have heard that on the '00 model F4s that there was some sort of fuel line that had to be replaced because it was faulty. I have heard that in some cases it actually burst and sent fuel all over the rear tire while the motorcycle was in motion and caused and accident. I am sure that others on this forum will have more info, but in the meantime, be careful and possibly call the dealer and ask about the fuel line problem. Good Luck.

-- Pete (pistonpete@hotmail.com), May 31, 2002.

Man, all I can say is MV sucks my 00 f4 has had the split fuel line, and the fading brakes, you sould have your dealer check it out.

-- John (sniper929@aol.com), May 31, 2002.

My old 2000 MV had a very similar smell. Although I got away with 4,000 miles with no problems, I'd recommend having it checked out.

With that old 2000, there were two things that happened:

1) When the sidestand broke and the bike tipped over, fuel immediately started leaking from the bike.

2) After that 2000 MV and I were in the accident, the police officer came up to me and asked how to turn off the fuel pump because there was a very strong smell of fuel. The thought crossed my mind that should the bike have exploded, the insurance company would HAVE to declare it a total loss. :) Yes, strange things go through your mind after you've been tossed and rolled around the road.

The good new is that with my new 2002 model, there isn't a smell of fuel even when the bike is hot. However, there is a whistling noise. I believe this is air venting from the gas tank?

-- Allan Gibbs (Phoenix, Arizona) (Agibbs996@aol.com), May 31, 2002.

OK, the problem was a split, fuel quick disconnect. $31 later(yikes) and the problem was fixed!

-- Scott Smith (Srfcity@hotmail.com), June 12, 2002.

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