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I am currently rebuilding a 94 OE, amongst other things I found that the float valve wasn't closing properly. I have read the warnings about breaking the posts while trying to remove the float pin, so I was hesitant to try and remove the valve at first. After a bit of reading on the internet I found a tip to use and automatic centre punch to remove the pin. Got one from Halfords http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/hand-tools/halfords-automatic-centre-punch and it worked a treat! the pin popped out with ease and the posts remain intact.

I just thought I would share this little tip with everyone to save future heartbreak.

 

I will post some pics of the bike when project is finished.



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Hi Mike and welcome to the forum!

Anything that can help prevent the dreaded post breaking is welcome but, being a bit slow on the uptake this morning, how does the tool actually work - is it spring loaded or summat?  confuse

Brian



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Hi Brian,

 

Yes the tool is spring loaded, just press it against the end of the pin and it creates a "kick" during the process. Its very light but enough to move the pin. It took 3 pushes and the pin flew out.

The video I got the idea from is here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAmEOM81R8E

I probably should have referenced this in my first post but had to go and find it again...

 

Mike



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Wow - that's brilliant! Gotta get me one of those tools wink

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I love this website!

Night before last I got home and fuel was pouring out of the carby overflow. Tapping the carby and fiddling about did nothing so with a heavy heart I knew I had to pull the carby and tackle that float pin. When I rebuilt the carby 2 years ago I left that alone as I was nervous from all the broken post stories.

Used this tool (I bought 2 years ago just in case..) 3 clicks and out the pin flew, 3 or 4 clicks to put it back in. Sorted in about 10 seconds. I can see how it could easily be a drama getting that thing out. Cleaned all the built up crud and grime from the float needle valve and seat and all good to go again.

Happy days.

Leigh.

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Yay - I used my Halfords punch for the first time this morning and it worked a treat - thanks for the recommendation Mike!  biggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin

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I recall a question about which way the pin comes out and goes back in - just follow the arrow wink

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No more broken float posts!

As long as you see this first....

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Found this video on YouTube:

How-To: Remove Stuck or Frozen Float Pin



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