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The bike will only start if I put my hand over air intake, then will run rough, what can i do?

Will only start when i put hand over air in take then will run rough

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By placing your hand over the air intake you are making the engine create a vacuum that is drawing fuel into the combustion chambers
this indicates a lack of fuel to the carby or blocked jets in the carby
look for fuel filters , blocked petrol cap , problem needle and seat or give the carby a good overhaul.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015

Testimonial: "i tried main jets cleaned all inside carb reset air mix screws 2.5 turns fresh petrol it ran after hand over back of carb had it ticking over sweet.realized choke on turn it off wont start at all now nothing"

  • Bill Boyd Apr 27, 2015

    if the choke was on and it was running ok then the problem is still in the jets and carby passages or blocked fuel lines or cap. 2.5 turns for the mixture screw may be too much as that is for a car . cut it back to 11/2 to 2 turns with the engine running and choke on then open the choke slowly

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Ya choke jets blocked in carbs. If not check compression and valve clearance. Regards Jim...

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