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Unable to start

Unable to kick start.
Ignition is on, fuel is turned on, choke on but will not start or even look like starting.
How do you check if there is a spark at the plug and if fuel is gtting to the carbettuer?
Also the bike has not been used for abut two months. I want to drain the fuel from the tank and carberruer. How do I do this?

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  • keitha77 Feb 22, 2009

    i have a 96 xr250 it was running perfect on tuesday when wednesday came it wouldnt start at all.. the carb is getting gas and is clean and im getting spark ..i can spray starting fluid in the spark plug hole and still nothing ..does anybody have any ideas????

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role May 11, 2010

    Hi and welcome to FixYa,

    Appreciate the direct "Ask Me".

    To your concern:

    • spark at the plug -remove the sparkplug, reconnect the spakplug wire to the plug, let the threaded metal body of the sparkplug touched bare metal of the engine, kickstart the bike;

    • fuel in carburetor and drain carburetor -there is a drain screw at the bottom portion of the bowl. Unscrew and fuel from the bowl would drain out on the rubber hose attached near to the drain screw;

    • drain the tank -best would be to remove the tank from the bike after removing the fuel line from the closed petcock/fuel valve. Shake the tank vigorously and invert. Allow stale fuel to flow out from the fuel filler hole. Use a compressor to flush out any remaining sand, dirt or rust flakes.
    Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.


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