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1982 Suzuki won't start

I have a 1982 Suzuki GS550L that won't start unless I use ether. After I get it started I have to choke the air cleaner with my hand to keep it running, even with the enrichers on all the way. After it warms up it will run fine except sometimes if I give it full throttle it will stall or try to stall the engine. At any time if the engine dies or if i shut it off even after it is hot, it will not start back up without the use of ether usually. Is it possible that the timing is off? How do I adjust it? Also the alternator is not charging, but I think I can trace down the problem on that. Thanks for any assitance you can provide.

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  • tommyk125 Feb 02, 2009

    I have cleaned the carburators out completely except for the low idle jets (didn't see them at the time). All of the diaphrams and needles seem to be functioning. Could low idle jets be clogged and causing this problem? Only used the ether to see if it would even run, have not used it extensively.


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THe Carbs need to be pulled off and cleaned. If you keep on what your doing. You will burn a valve or a piston. It like leaning a torch out to cut metal.Alternator is probally a bad ground, are blowed fuse????

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  • spankie09 Feb 02, 2009

    Yes the low spped jets are your problem. You might have to buy on of those carb kit, vat. It the size of a 1-gallon paint can, but only about the hight of a 3/4-gallon paint can, that has a basket to put the carb into, to soak it over night. (wear Rubber gloves)!!!!


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Appreciate the direct "Ask Me".

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Would look forward to your updates. Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

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