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Hard to start

Got a '78 kawasaki 650 z and it won't start. It started to have problems a while back and kept getting harder and harder to start. Now it's been sitting up and won't crank. Any help?

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  • hondawade May 04, 2009

    HARD TO START, WILL START AFTER CRANKING ALOT, THEN WHEN IT RUNS FOR A WHILE DIES. I HAVE FIRE AT THE PLUGS.

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    Murtaza Akberali Versi May 11, 2010

    Hi Brent,

    Is the starter working?

    Have you tried to push start it?

    Is the engine rotating?





    Knight. (Yamaha Seca XJ750A 1981)

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These bike are known to 'pull the valves into the head'.
You need to do a compression test to check for leaky valves.
If the valves are sealing well, check the valve clearance.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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