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Engine cranks but won't catch,, then floods,, gears are sticky as well My bkie died on the way home from a long trip,, just stopped,, I got it started for about two minutes then it died again, and will not start. I had to push it home, not fun,, I tried to start it in first with the clutch engaged and every time it felt like it was going to catch it jumped forward,, with the clutch engaged?? it has been leaking under the crank case, could I have burnt out the clutch?? it does go through the gears,, Help.

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To begin with, do not try to start the engine with the transmission in gear. Shift the transmission to neutral. If the bike tries to move forward when you try to start the bike with the transmission in gear and the clutch lever pulled in, the clutch cable needs adjusting as the clutch is dragging and not completely disengaging.

If the engine is flooding, it sounds like you have trash in the carburator. Take your air filter off and try to start the engine. From a distance, look into the carburator and see how much fuel is going into the carburator. There should be a small spray of fuel if you turn the throttle grip. Otherwise there should be very little fuel going into the carb. If you see fuel pouring into the carb, you've got trash in your carburator. Unless you are very familiar with carburators, this is a job best left to a certified mechanic. You may have fouled your spark plugs as well. Either clean your plugs or buy a new set and install them. Sportsters are tough on spark plugs. Once they get fouled, they simply will not clear up on their own.

More than likely your clutch is fine, not burnt out. It simply needs to be adjusted, thats all.

The leak could be coming from most anywhere. Clean the bottom of the engine, take a short ride and then have a look. If you can't figure it out that way, put something under the kick stand to stand the bike as near to straight up as you can without danger of it falling over. Put a clean piece of newspaper under the bike and let it sit overnight. Look for the oil drip on the paper and then look straight up.

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