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My suzuki 2001 gz250 wont start

I got a new battery plus new spark plug and it still wont keep running. I've already checked the fuses, both are good. I really dont know much about motorcylce mechanices but it will fire up after adding starter fluid to the spark plug for a second and then dies. I dont know what to do now. As I said, it has a new battery, spark plug, and fresh gas. However it has been sitting up for about a year without being started while I was traveling with work. Any help would be extremely appreciated...

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  • flidais69 Feb 01, 2010

    I already did that. Fuel is running freely from the line. This is my first bike and as I said I know next to nothing about them but my grandpa is tryin to hela little. He is not familiar with motorcycles either however. Thank you for your advice. I truly am trying to learn but being a girl its hard to get legitimate answers. Any further help you could offer would be greatly appreciated...

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Fuel from the tank is not being delivered to the engine. Trace the hose from the fuel tap down to the carburetor (fuel injector) and remove the hose. Fuel should run freely in a thin stream from the hose while the fuel tap is 'on'. If nothing or almost nothing, check the filter screen in the fuel tap for plugging--soak in spray-can-carburetor cleaner for a while, then retry fuel from the hose.

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  • drallim Feb 02, 2010

    I'm not familiar with this particular bike--does it have a carburetor that the fuel hose hooks to? Is there a 'kick' starter pedal? If it has a carburetor, then the next thing to check is to remove the float bowl underneath the carb body and see if fuel streams out of the interior (the bowl should have some amount of fuel lying in it when removed). If it doesn't stream fuel, remove the float pivot pin, float, and needle valve which should drop out when the float is removed. Try the fuel stream again. If ok, then clean the needle carefully, replace it in the seat that it fell out of, then the float, and it's pivot pin. Try the fuel again, it should flow, but not as fast as it did before. Lift up on the float gently, and it should shut off the fuel. Drop it again and fuel should resume. If you got this far, place the bowl back in place, and try starting. Good luck!

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