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Ducati X diavel doesn't want to start it only cranks the engine please help
Go back to basics to figure this out. An engine needs 3 things to start and run. Air, Fuel and Spark. Remove any one of these and it won't start. Try this.
What EXACTLY does it do when you press the start button
-Nothing at all or a slow sluggish crank is most likely a flat or bad battery issue. Charge or replace the battery.
Cranking at normal speed but not trying to start is possibly a spark supply issue. Test for spark at the plugs and work through the ignition from there.
Cranking, coughing and trying but won't idle is commonly a fuel supply issue. Check you actually have fuel in the tank. Yes, I've made that mistake! I've also forgotten to open the fuel valve. Check you are getting fuel to the cylinders. A way to do this is by removing 1 plug wire and cranking the engine for 1 to 2 seconds. Remove the spark plug on that side and sniff it. A working set up and it'll smell of fuel. Refit the plug and the wire and repeat this for the other cylinder. From there work backwards through the fuel system checking the injector, fuel pump and the fuel pipe lines.
3/28/2023 4:35:36 PM •
I have a 2002 Kawasaki Mean Streak 1500 can't find the fuse for the break light can anyone help
I'm assuming you have already checked the actual bulb is still OK? The bike uses a 'twin element' bulb so the tail light element might still work but the brake light element has blown. It's designed to be two bulbs in one so it takes up less space.On a lot of vehicles some electrical features share a fuse and only some of them are marked on the fuse box lid. Has anything else stopped working? On some Kawasaki bikes the brake light shares a fuse with the horn and the tail light so if the fuse has blown all three won't be working. Check the fuse labelled as the Horn to see if that has 'Popped'.*NOTE* ONLY replace fuses with one of the SAME Amp rating as lower 'A' fuses will blow and higher 'A' fuses won't protect your electrics.Bulbs and fuses are usually cheap to buy so you could replace them anyway before thinking it's going to be a 'Big' repair.
3/27/2023 12:12:08 PM •
2 days ago
I have a 99 pan 1100st got a new SOLENOID relAy and it wont turn over just clicking any ideas how to sort it out, TESTING ETC
MOTORCYCLE HARLEY PANHEAD or HONDA>? pan European.
? IS NOT A CAR.
WELL IF BATTERY IS GOOD AND STARTER IS GOOD
THE ENGINE IS SEIZED?
ON mc ENGINES WE REMOVE SIDE COVERS AND HAND TURN THE CRANK SHAFT MAKE SURE IT CAN SPIN.
SO WAS PARKED OUTSIDE OUT DOORS FROM MONTHS OF HARD RAIN,IS NEVER GOOD FOR ANY MOTORCYCLE EVER.
OR SHIFT TO 4TH GEAR (1:1 GEAR) AND PUSH Mc TO SEE IF ENGINE IS SEIZED. .
JUMPER CABLE JUMP THE MC BATTER TO A CAR BATTERY.?
CHARGE YOUR BATTERY FOR 4 HOURS OFF A 10AMP CHARGER? LETTING LEAD/ACID BATTERY JUST SIT ASKS FOR Sulfation DAMAGE occurs when a battery is deprived of a full charge, I KEPT ALL MY MC (HAD 5 OR MORE) ON FLOAT CHARGE AND NEVER DID THEY FAIL. FULL TIME PARKED UNUSED.
ALSO MANY MOTORCYCLES: this era up.
ALL HAVE NEUTRAL SWITCH STARTER CUT OUT.
SOME HAVE KICK STAND CUT OUT.
SOME HAVE HANDLE BAR DEAD MAN SWITCH LEVERS SET WRONG,
OR CLUTCH SWITCH SAME. CUT OUT.
OR BAD KEY SWITCH OR ANY WIRE TO ANY IF THE ABOVE BAD.
my huge BMW had all that, even in 1977
OR DID YOU MEAN
Honda ST 1100 Pan European????????
IS IT SO HARD TO SAY MAKERS NAME FIRST?
And not put the ST on the wrong end,if true?
but but but !
but is same answer, all motors have the same things , for cranking, (well not my nasty Yamaha' Vargo of old)
starter cutouts on MC are vast, vary by year.
and free manuals for me to read to you never free
pan head or pan European, I fail.
buy the service manual if serious DYI.
see all cutouts and test them all if engine not seized.
use a voltmeter tool , gue$$ing is no fun.
- FUSES GOOD
- BATTERY GOOD
- STARTER RELAY GOOD
- STARTER GOOD
- ENGINE NOT SIEZED.
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