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Wont start strong small of fuel and fuel comeing out of air filter

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If yoy have carb on it the float will hang up and do that .If you have a fuel injection will do the same thing hang open.

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It sat for 3 years,it was running very well.before it sat,it cranks over but dont start,i got tank cleaned and new gas in tank but still wont start,could it be my fuel pump?

Hi you need to drai. Thd old fuel out of thd carberator's look for a small screw at the very bottom of each carb. If this doesn't help the carbs need to come off and be cleaned. Also the plugs could be wet with the old fuel. Good luck.

Apr 17, 2015 | 2002 Yamaha YZF-R1

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Wont start sounds like it wents to but wont

Depending on how the fuel is delivered will make a difference in how to go about this. If it is a carburetor type engine the fuel might have sat too long in carb and "gummed up" the fuel bowl. If it is fuel injected it could be a bad fuel pump.

Either way depending on your level of mechanical ability using "starting fluid" sprayed into the airfilter will help determine if this is a fuel problem or an ignition problem.

If you can locate the air filter and feel confident enough to do this...pull the needed panels to exspose the air filter air inlet. Use a small amount of starting fluid sprayed directly into the air inlet of filter housing as you crank engine over....avoid "loading up" the filter meaning do not over saturate filter just a couple quick bursts of spray should be all that is needed.
The danger here is a backfire through the intake causing the excess fluid to combust and possibly cause fire damage to you or your be cautious and use just a couple quick bursts as the engine turns over.

If it starts and runs briefly until fluid is gone you now know you have a fuel issue.....if it still spitters and carries on but does not run you could have faulty spark plugs.

Now is a point that you should decide if you can continue further or take it to a dealership to have a technician perform more tests.

Jun 09, 2014 | 2003 Suzuki VL 800 Volusia

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My honda activa 2004 scooter is not at all starting it has starting problem plz give suitable troubleshooting for my problem.........

Only two things prevent an engine from starting/running. Always go to "Basics": Spark & Fuel (fuel/air mix). That's it. 1) Remove spark plug. 2) Put the plug back in in the "Spark Cable" just as it is IN the Engine. 3) Scrape a small area clean (down to bare metal) on the frame. 4) Hold the rubber head of the cable with rubber handled pliers (water pumps work great) using this to hold a side of the plug against the bare metal. 5) Turn the Ignition switch to ON. Crank the Engine as if starting it. Note the spark (if any). Is it Blue?=Strong Yellow?=Weak Is it Centered or way of to the side of the electrodes? If you have a good, regular, strong blue/white spark-...Fuel: 1) How old is the gas in the tank? Over 3 mos. Dump it! 2) Always replace/clean Fuel filter. 3) Same trick: Pull the fuel line off at the carb. and crank the Engine. (Careful-No Smoking!) Gas? 4) Fuel/Air mixture. If you have good Spark and good fuel...and Still does not start...Time to check parts. Good Luck

Aug 26, 2010 | 2005 Honda Activa

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Engine light comes on briefly after startup. This is fuel inject

There is a small tube behind the air filter cover. There is a rubber piece covering the tube. Mine was doing that same thing and I found the rubber cracked. It is like a vacuum leak on a carburator. The red light is your "check engine" light because there is a small air leak causing a mis-read in the computer for fuel-air mixture. My bike is also injected and replacing the small rubber "boot" fixed the problem. Good luck

May 20, 2010 | 2003 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage...

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My 1992 dr650rse has been stood for 4 years and it wont start.i've cleaned out the carb and jets,put in new spark plugs,cleaned the air filter and changed the oil.its got a strong spark and turns over,the...

The three required ingredients for combustion are; fuel, compression, and a spark (at the right time). When you cleaned the carb and the jets, did you hold each jet up to a light and actually look through them? The openings in the jets are very small and difficult to clean after than many years of sitting. Same with the carburetor; it needs to be completely disassembled and soaked in carb cleaner, then blown out with compressed air prior to reassembly.
Also, I would check the compression with a gauge. You need to see at least 140 psi on every cylinder, or it is not going to run, no matter what. If the compression is low, adjust the valve tappet clearances and see if that brings it up.
If you come up with the three required ingredients, there's no way it isn't going to run.

Jan 03, 2010 | 1995 Suzuki DR 650 RS-E

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Try intoducing a small amount of fuel (half a teaspoon) of fuel through plug hole, refit plug & try, if it fires it will show fuel problem up. Also, is the plug wet when you remove it after trying to start? If it's very wet, may just be badly flooded. If not wet, check for fuel filter & if it's blocked, check air filter etc, hope this helps.

Dec 26, 2009 | 2004 Yamaha XT 660 R

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Bike wont start turn over till batery dies. where

It will have a fuel filter in the fuel line (should be easy to find) but does not have a fuel pump. Firstly i would check you have spark on all cylinders as this is the most likely thing to be going wrong. Once you are sure you have spark you can start trouble shooting fuel and air delivery problems.
To check for spark remove a sparkplug, insert it back into its HT lead. Place the threads of the sparkplug on the engine block and crank the engine. A strong blue spark should be visible.

Aug 31, 2009 | 1999 Suzuki GSX 600 F (Katana)

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Bike wont sart dont kno why??

You didn't mention the spark plugs.Did you replace them?Check also for strong spark on the cables.Unscrew the spark plug's plug from the cable and keep the edge of the cable about half an inch from the engine (aim a bolt usually near the cylinder's head) and with the kill switch "ON" press the start motor's button and you should see a blue thick spark.
Also check for normal fuel flow from the tank to the carbs.Change a fuel filter if necessary.

Jun 01, 2009 | 2000 Suzuki GZ 125 Marauder

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Bike wont start

I would check for compression on the cylinders. a engine has to have fuel,fire and compression or it wont run. Check the specs to get the operable compression levels.

May 27, 2009 | 1988 Suzuki GSX-R 250

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You may need to adjust the fuel/air ratio. There is a small screw under the pull starter facing horizontally (its behind the plastic air filter cover, but accessable) adjust either clockwise or counter clockwise in small increments and give it gas and see if it dies or boggs down. Also check that spark plug is clean and not fouled, and air filter is clean and oiled.

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