Fast forward to present time and it will only start with the hot start plunger activated. It bogs and dies if I try to give it any throttle or turn the hot start off. I'm also getting some smoke out of the exhaust that smells like oil burning. After bringing the oil level back down to the normal range it was a little easier to start.
After some thought I decided to pull the head and cylinder. Everything looks factory and is still in very good shape for a 2001. The valve seals don't feel very snug at all around the valve stems. At least no where near as snug as the valve seals on a full size engine. After I pulled the valve keepers the valves slid right out with very little force. Are the seals the culprit??? Should I feel even a little resistance when sliding the vales up and down???
Edited by Dirtysnow, November 15, 2012 - 07:50 PM.