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Starting problem I have a Kawasaki EL 250 I am having problems starting it. Sometimes it will start and others it will not. It rarely starts first go. Sometimes second go other times after many attempts. I have tried push starting it with varied success. Soetimesd it will not start durign a push start and then about 15 seconds later will start in the normal manner. This difficult happens both when cold or after being driven for a lenghty period, over 30 minutes Eg Go for a 30 or so minute ride stop to get petrol and then not start. On most occasions with patience and perserverence it will start on a couple of occasions I have given up and caught a bus/driven etc. The other night it took 20m minutes and a virtually flat battery before it finally kicked over. I've had the CDI replaced and then it seemed okay for a couple of days but then problems again. Any suggestions please?????

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    Eldric Venne May 11, 2010

    How old are the spark plugs, and when was the last time the carbs were cleaned?

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Start by changing out to a new set of stock spark plugs. Now pay attention to the fuel system.
ALWAYS have a fire extinguisher at hand when working on carburetors.
Drain the carburetors. There should be a screw on the lower side of each carb float bowl. Remove the screw then replace it after the fuel drains. Remove the water trap bowl at the bottom of the petcock, (gas valve). Is there any water, rust or trash in the bowl? Drain a cup of gas from the tank. Is there any water, rust or trash in the cup? Dump it, clean it and re-mount it, (not all bikes have a water trap bowl). Turn the gas back on and wait a minute for the carbs to fill with gas. If the bike doesn't start and run properly then shut off the gas and remove the carburetors from the engine.

FOR EACH carb > Remove the float bowl and clean the entire carb with a spray carb cleaner from the auto parts store. Wear protective goggles to avoid getting spray in your eyes. Spray into all the little airways and fittings in the carb. Remove the idle screw and the air screw and spray into the screw holes as well.
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Be sure to put these two screws back in the same hole they came out of. IMPORTANT > do not tighten these two adjusters down. Only screw these in until they LIGHTLY seat. Now turn each adjuster one and one half turns outward. Put the rest of the carb back together and install the carb. Clean or replace the air filter and install an in-line fuel filter. Let the float bowl fill then start the engine. The left carb has a starter plunger, use it when the engine is cold. I think you may be flooding the engine. When the engine is hot, don't use the throttle. Start using premium gas purchased at newer gas stations. There is less chance of water in the fuel at newer stations. This process should get you back on the road.


Go to the site below where you can see a parts diagram for your specific bike. You will select the actual brand, year, model, etc., once you go to the site. Part numbers and prices are also shown. You can order parts from this site. In the event no price is shown on a particular part, the part is not in stock.
www.babbittsonline.com/pages/parts/viewbybrandand/parts.aspx

Consider that your bike is 14 years old. Have the compression checked and (depending on the reading) consider pulling the head and installing new rings and have the shop re-seat the valves. Do these things an the bike should be good for another decade or so.

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