YZ400 smoking when it first starts until it warm?

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  • yamahauler44

Posted July 02, 2005 - 10:33 PM


i am noticing that when i start my 1999 YZ400F it behaves fine and is easy to start has plenty of compression, has plenty of power, ect. but if i rev the motor before its warm it smokes a little, not a huge plume or anything just a little, if i dont rev the motor untill it warms up there is no noticable smoke. have any of you had this before? is it normal or not? give me the run down. thanks in advance.

  • troyfisher123

Posted July 02, 2005 - 10:45 PM


Normal. I think.

  • ovrrdrive

Posted July 02, 2005 - 10:53 PM


In the automotive world, this is caused by leaking valve seals. I wouldn't think the dirtbike world would be too different...

Overnight a little oil seeps by the valve seals and drains into the cylinder. When you crank it up that oil burns off, then there's no smoke.

If it bothers you, change the valve seals.

  • yamahauler44

Posted July 02, 2005 - 10:57 PM


so take is its normal? it seems to do it sometimes and not other times, weird.

  • ovrrdrive

Posted July 02, 2005 - 11:02 PM


I would say it's normal wear, but not necesarrily normal.

I wouldn't really worry about it though until it starts burning a lot of oil.

If I'm wrong about this, the guys will reply here shortly with the correct responses.

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  • YZ400FPower

Posted July 03, 2005 - 02:16 AM


I dont know. It dosent sound bad but my 400 dosent do it. If it gets worse you should check your seals. Oil can get caught inside the exhaust. Take that off and if there is oil id go into the motor. Thats what I would do. Please correct me if im wrong fellas!

  • RogerDedrick

Posted July 03, 2005 - 04:38 AM


My 426 smoked on start when it had not been run for a few days to a week. I replaced the oil seals and the piston. The rings were fine but the valve stems had a build up of sludge from the leaking oil.

  • yamahauler44

Posted July 03, 2005 - 07:29 AM


thanks guys. i was wondering if it could be because of some dust or grit getting by the air filter? what do you think?

  • Daz_426_02

Posted July 04, 2005 - 12:29 AM


I would say valve seals as well. As OvrrDrive said that the cause in the Automotive world, it would be the same principle on these 4-Strokes.

Keep an eye on your oil level from time to time.

  • bushy

Posted July 04, 2005 - 05:24 AM


My 400 used to blow out a bit of whiteish greyish smoke on startup, especially after oil changes. Call it weird, but it stopped when I switched over to Shell Rotella T.

It only takes a little oil to cause alot of smoke. Normal.

  • frogman

Posted July 04, 2005 - 05:48 AM


White smoke= incomplete combustion of fuel in a cold engine.

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