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Just bought a 2001 suzuki savage 650. Started fine yesterday. Won't start today after I added 1/2 tank of gas. Cranks OK, but doesn't seem to catch.Doesn't make any difference if choke is in or out. Gas **** is "on". Any suggestions?

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  • anamrows Jul 25, 2009

    problem is that engine will not start. period. timing and points adjustment would help engine run properly - which it does when it starts. so maybe something else is causing engine not to start. battery seems charged - cranks fine - I smell gas when throttle is engaged (linkage moves freely), so I thought it might be flooded - gas has been left "on" - should I turn it to off position and let it sit before trying again? or am I missing something else.

  • anamrows Jul 26, 2009

    2001 suzuki savage (650) won't start. I bought it last week - it started fine until Friday, when I put in gasoline, and hasn't statred since. It just cranks fine, but doesn't catch - I've tried turning off gas,leaning it over, and starting cold w/o choke. Nothing works. What am I missing? (I haven't ridden in 25 years,so any help is appreciated)

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Have you checked the spark plugs? Take a look at Them. Also, you might try grounding one while it's out to see if you're getting spark when you crank it over. This will eliminate an electrical problem

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This could be a timing issue. I would remove the ignition/points cover and check for freedom of movement in the timing advance mechanism. A timing light will determine proper action. Shine on timing marks and rev engine. Mark such as "F" will move as engine is reved and some other marks such as "| |" will line up with timing mark.

If removing points/timing plate, mark plate position and where points wires go and remove points/plate/condensers as a unit. Test mechanism by twisting cam the points ride on. It needs to turn easily about 1/8 turn on its shaft. Look for free movement against spring tension and returns quickly when released.

If you disassemble advance mechanism, note cam position in relation to points. It can be assembled 180 deg out and not run. It must be free of grease and lubricants to work properly. Be prepared to adjust timing after reassembly.

It could also be carburator. The idle jets are seperate from the main jets and if they're cloged , the bike will idle but not rev. Cleaning the carbs can be done at home too. Refer to service manual because of the difficulty level.

Have a great day!

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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Your bike has got accumulated enough gas in combustion chamber due to which it is not starting up. So you are thinking in the correct direction switch the gas off for some time and try to start it later say 2 hrs. Meantime I will check out if it is possible in the layman style to remove extra gas.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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    Aruna Singh Jul 25, 2009

    Here are the few tricks through which you can revive your flooded bike:


    1. Turn the gas off, lay the bike over on its side(without letting go of it...just kinda lean it against your hip) and let all the gas drain out(you will see it come out of the overflow tubes under your bike), once it it stops flowing bring your bike upright, don't twist the throttle and do not turn the gas on yet! Get on the bike and pull in the hot start(if it's hot, if not then no hot start and no choke) kick it over, once it fires up turn the gas back on and your good to go. Trust me it works everytime. The key to this is patience, don't waste your time and energy kicking it over if you know it's flooded. Take the steps and it will be fired up in no time.


    P.S. Don't forget to turn the gas back on once it fires up or you will be stuck in the same situation once again.


    2. Turn the choke and gas off, and hold in hot start and kick about 5 times real fast, not super hard just fast, and kinda easy, if that dosnt work after the 5 kicks turn gas and stuff back on and try it.


    3. Lay the bike over on its side(without letting go of it...just kinda lean it against your hip) and let all the gas drain out(you will see it come out of the overflow tubes under your bike), once it it stops flowing bring your bike upright, don't twist the throttle and do not turn the gas on yet! Get on the bike and pull in the hot start(if it's hot, if not then no hot start and no choke) kick it over, once it fires up turn the gas back on and your good to go. The key to this is patience, don't waste your time and energy kicking it over if you know it's flooded. Take the steps and it will be fired up in no time. P.S. Don't forget to turn the gas back on once it fires up or you will be stuck in the same situation once again.

    dont give it ne gas wen u start it and always hold in the hotstart helps alot...when its flood u gotta clear the cylinder like above but most important thing is NOT TO GIVVE IT GAS WEN U KICK IT floods it every time

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