Posted May 27, 2009 - 03:37 PM
So I was thinking of taking it out this weekend and wanted to make sure everything was ok. I wouldn't start. I used some starter fluid and got it started pretty easily but wouldn't idle. I didn't need the started fluid once it started the first time. I was able to get it going but it kept cutting out and stalling and then was hard to start. I could get it to idle if the choke was on but not without.
Then it died and I couldn't get it started. I found the fuel line between the tank & carb was cracked. I figured air must be getting in the line. I replaced it but it still wouldnt run. I could spray starter fluid in from the air filter and it would start but then die.
I couldn't get the spark plug out but knew that was part of the problem but I also thought the carb might be clogged up. I took it apart and cleaned it then put it back on. I didn't take off the tsp. Still wouldn't start.
I could get it to fire with starter fluid but it wouldn't start.
I got a tool i needed to take out the spark plug and the hexagon and metal shield were corroded pretty bad. The nut and the electrode looked good. I cleaned it with a wire brush and put it back in.
NOW THE SCARY PART!! I tried to kick it but it felt like I had already pulled in the compression lever. I tried it again and it kicked thru. It always stops when at top and I have to pull the lever, kick it down a little, let it up and kick it thru. Now... I can push the kickstarter down with my hand. Its not easy but before it was impossible. And it still wont start.
Im worried that starter fluid was a bad idea. Ive used it forever and never had a problem.
What else could it be or how can I fix it?
Posted May 27, 2009 - 04:17 PM
If you have little comp. I would guess that it's time for some head work, new ti valves, rings and new piston?. Not to familiar with the 01. you need to check the valve clearance and pull the head and see?
And allso I would not use st. fluid.
Posted May 27, 2009 - 09:12 PM
Pour a few drops of oil in the cylinder through the spark plug hole.
And it should fire, I bet the starting fluid washed the cylinder of oil.
Posted May 27, 2009 - 11:42 PM
Posted May 28, 2009 - 06:38 PM
Posted May 29, 2009 - 09:18 AM
I'm reading all the posts here but I don't know where to start.
My next plan is to make sure I have spark. But even if I do, why would I be losing compression?
Posted May 29, 2009 - 12:16 PM
Posted May 29, 2009 - 04:45 PM
Posted May 30, 2009 - 06:27 AM
Posted May 30, 2009 - 02:45 PM
What would cause the rings to go out. It was working fine untill I took off the carb. It wouldn't idle without the choke but it had good compression.
Could using the starting fluid have caused the rings to fail?
Posted May 30, 2009 - 03:25 PM
Posted May 31, 2009 - 05:57 PM
Posted May 31, 2009 - 06:05 PM
I replaced the pilot jet which helped it idle way better once I got it started but it was the pilot screw underneath. The one you are NOT supposed to change. I guess I didn't put it back where it was supposed to be. Also the idle screw was way too far out.
It took me some time turning the screw on the bottom and adjusting the idle screw but its idling perfect now and has great response.
new pilot jet
running like a champ.
Good thing I didn't tear into the engine.