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My Volusia does not want to start after it warms up? When cold it will start normally but if I shut it off after running for a few minutes and then shutting it off , when you try to restart it will turn over but not start?

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  • Jedidad Mar 27, 2011

    Thanks for the responce . First to answer your question about the starter . It turns over the same when it is hot as when it is cold . I should add that this happens on occasion when cold as well but only on occassion. Anyway after it turns for awhile and not start I start smelling fuel as if it is flooded so I know it is getting fuel so I tended to rule out the fuel pump. I will check the voltage on the battery but it seems to be turning over with no problem . I guess what continues to troble me as that the bike will start and run fine and then if I shut it off it will not start a minute later but if I let it set for awhile then it will. It seems to me that the bike is getting spark and fuel as it should then something happens and it loses its spark. I will get back to you after I check the battery although I really believe it is fine.

  • Jedidad Mar 27, 2011

    Also I have read that the coils will do this on occasion - have you heard of both coils going bad or could it be the unit that feeds the coils and is there a way of checking?

  • Jedidad Mar 27, 2011

    I will and let you know thanks

  • Jedidad Mar 27, 2011

    I have thought all along it is the carb took it to two different Mechanics and they said they could not find anything wrong although when I pull the plugs they are solid black so I still believe the mixture is too rich. I have thought about replacing the carb but hesitate to spend the money if I am not sure. I just had the carb out and the choke was all gumed up and was not moving properly clean it and got it working which helped but did not solve the problem. So I think it is the jets or something else inside the carb but not totally sure.

  • Jedidad Mar 27, 2011

    Since the bike only has 15 thousand miles on it would you still think the wear on the engine would be a problem? I can understand the fuel being low quality but I do what i can to keep it with decent fuel. The choke is a plunger type that moves back and forth over a small oriface its gumed up in its cylinder.

  • Jedidad Mar 27, 2011

    Or I should have said it was gumed up it is no longer.

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2 possible causes:
1 - the contacts in the ignition go loose when heated - unlikely but possible. You will need to check all of them.
2 - the most likely cause is in the carburetor: bad fuel mixture (too rich) or defective choke. You will need to take out the carburetor, clean it, readjust it, install it and check and readjust the choke.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011

  • Azrael SRL Mar 27, 2011

    Clearly it's the carburetor - the mixture is way too rich. But the gums on the choke can be caused either by the fuel - low quality one, change it- or by the advanced wear of the engine: the seal rings between the piston and the cylinder have worn off so the carter fills with gases that, when recirculated back into the admission, bring oil vapors and a lot other gunk which deposits on the choke flap. Change the carb and verify the wear of the engine.

  • Azrael SRL Mar 27, 2011

    I've seen worn out piston rings even after 5k miles, so that's not extraordinary. But if the gumming problem is gone then it can't be it, it must be from the fuel.

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A bit of testing and troubleshooting has to be done, to identify the fault.------- It sounds like an enigma, as if the bike fires when cold and cnot when hot there shouldn't be anything wrong with the general mechanics. It could be the starter motor/solenoid the culprit. So just check : when the bike is hot and you engage the starter, the engine will freely turn over for as long as you push the button, but the bike won't fire? If this is the case I suppose the starter could be drawing so much current that the ignition system doesn't have enough juice to energize the coils and other components. What does the starter sound like when cranking while hot? Is it as fast as when cold or is it slower? Also, get the volt reading of the battery when cold, when hot, and while cranking when hot? This will point towards the fault.------ If you notice this :-------- In cold: Bike starter turns freely and engine starts in one or two cranks.------ And in hot: Bike starter turns slowly, almost as if it has low voltage,it will crank like it has low voltage for a long time without getting even close to starting.Then in that case:---It sounds to me like the starter is drawing too much current. The starter solenoid, the fuel line and fuel pressure has to be checked.-------- ---------- Get this possibilities checked.this should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

  • raj somaiya Mar 27, 2011

    Yes you can check the coils,its a 12 volt parts.Get the coils checked by meter.If the voltage is low, then its possible coil is short and not giving enough power to spark plugs to fire.-------
    But many a times its noticed, that fuel pump gets hair line crack in it and causes the problem.When in cold the pump is contracted, so the pressure is hard to get released so the pump functions normal, but when engine gets hot, the pump passing line and valves get bit expanded and fuel pump leaks pressure and it stops running, in hot.This is not always possible, but yes its seen in few cases.Sop get you fuel line checked.Get the fuel pressure checked.If the pressure is checked low, then yes there is fuel pump issue.It can be tested at any local car garage.---------------
    This should help.Keep updated.Thanks.Helpmech.

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