Question about 1999 kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja
There are any number of reasons that could be happening, anything from Dirty Air filters, or a busted/blocked fuel line, to a seized piston or bad spark?
I'd try the simple stuff first, by way of elimination before taking it to a mechanic...
~ Remove the seats and fuel tank.
~ Check Fuel hoses for bad seals, blockages or cracks.
~ Replace the spark plugs and spray some brake/contact cleaner into the connections.
~ Take your Air-Filter out and clean/replace it. (Accessed from under tank generally)
~ If you have access to a Carb-tuner, or similar, attach it to the vacuum plugs on your carbies and tune them up by turning the screws between the cylinders until they all level out. (Check youtube for videos on how to use them)
~ Ensure your exhaust isn't blocked, or restricted. Place your hand at the end of the pipe when running and see if the air flow remains linear up the rev range.
~ Check your coolant level in the resovior and radiator.
~ Drain your oil from the sump plug and replace with fresh oil. Replace Oil filter at same time.
~ If there was a fuel filter on your fuel line, check it is not full of crud. If so, replace or clear it of all crud materiel. (This is a commonly over-looked issue!)
~ Check battery terminals are clean and battery has charge. If you have access to a Multi-Meter this is usually the best way to check. (Again, see youtube for videos on how-to)
~ If you're feeling daring, remove the carbies and clean them using Motul Carb-Clean or any good Brake Cleaner. (This can be a fiddly job, don't loose any screws!)
These are a few things that, in my experience, are the simplest way of self problem solving before you take the bike to a mechanic.
(It can also help save you time and money because the Mechanic will not have to do all this him/herself. If they're any good, they'll appreciate you having a crack.)
Don't be afraid to take a screw or two out and have a look too. You never know, you might just solve the problem quickly and easily yourself and save a few hundred bucks in the process.
Posted on Mar 11, 2011
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