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Dasboone

Yamaha 450 won't start

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My 07 Yamaha 450 died on a trail ride. I was able to bump start it, but ran like crap. I changed the fuel, plug and verified the timing was correct. It will intermittent start and run with no consistency. When it runs everything is normal and then it will die and will not start. It has spark, is getting fuel and seems to want to start but will not run. I am thinking it is the carb. Any ideas?

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Thanks for the tip. I replaced the rings 40 hours ago and re-shimmed the valves to proper specs. I am the 2nd owner and do not believe the carb has ever been gone through. I'm gonna start with the carb. Thx.

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I've also seen these symptoms come from a bad/intermittent stator.

If the last valve clearance check was 40 hours ago, I would double check the clearances first. Doesn't take long.

If the valves are good, then pull the carb off the bike and go through it with a fine toothed comb as per the link posted above.

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The '07 in particular had stator issues.  Worth checking is whether the bolts holding it to the cover are tight.  They went from three mounting screws to two, and then started having problems with the stator loosening.  The stator tends to develop open circuits within the coils which only show up with heat. 

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The '07 in particular had stator issues. Worth checking is whether the bolts holding it to the cover are tight. They went from three mounting screws to two, and then started having problems with the stator loosening. The stator tends to develop open circuits within the coils which only show up with heat.

Yup, exactly.

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Good call. I spoke to a Yamaha mechanic who also recommended checking the continuity on the kill switch. I will let you know the results this weekend after I get a chance to work on it again.

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