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well i still have a problem starting the kle . its getting a spark and fuel . i have checked the timing and that seems fine .the valves were a little tight these are now ok . i did however find that the ignition pick up was out of spec . so that was replaced . still a no go . could this be compression ? are there common broblems with kle,s . as was running fine before i used carb cleaner
seems like you've either put em together wrong or dislodged/loosened some crap that's still there
used to have an import zzr400 that that ran poor despite using 3 cans of off the shelf carb cleaner got em ultrasonic cleaned and the bike was perfect
also check you haven't trapped a fuel/breather hose or a wire when putting the carbs back on
more info would be good as well...are the plugs wet or dry after trying to start and what did you do re the pickup coil?
yep its an a1 500cc . checked the carbs again last night . all look ok float levels etc . i didnt think the pick up coil was adjustable on these as theres no adjustment on the 2 bolts , air filter all clean . new fuel and new plugs . i am rearly stumped on this one . i have worked on my own bikes ( fzr zxr rdlc xl dt ) for 20+ years and never come across somthing like this . i may even try to get a second hand engine to try . as i need to get this back on the road asap
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Ok, I'm no mechanic and I'm jumping into the middle of the thread I know but I feel that I'm missing half the story. It seems like you have thoroughly checked the carbs and spark plugs but starting from the begining, if you will, what else have you done (failing that was there a previous thread that you explained all this and I've just missed it ).
As with the usual 'bike doesn't start' issues, dunno if it will help but...
Check the following:
1. Battery has juice
2. Starter turns over
3. Spark plug actually sparks (pull it out but still connected, put it next to a piece of metal - turn over the bike and look for the spark)
4. Fuel - not flooded or dry - ensure no air bubbles in fuel line
5. Air - air flow/intake is clear
Failing that very basic checklist that I'm sure you've already done. What did you do to the engine? Can you turn the engine over manually by forcing the cam-shaft to spin, some bikes can do this with rear-wheel in gear and turn the wheel, if not then another way perhaps??
Again, apologies if you've already gone through all this, just not quite sure of the full story.
1. had a sticking choke . freed this up with wd40
2. used some carb cleaner as well on the carb body and bell mouths . coughed and spluttered but cleared after a few seconds
3. stopped the engine . cleaned inside carbs with carb cleaner
4. now wont start . it has back fired a few times but now nothing not even trying
5. taken carbs off and cleaned and blown out . new spark plugs . checked timing all ok and float levels . good spark . turns over well .
since this i have changed the pick up coil this was out of spec . i have also checked all the wiring . (found 2 corodded wire going to fuse box ) now rectified . have cleaned and checked carbs 3 times now . all ok . i have a very good spark with plug out of the engine turns over ok battery fully charged . and plugs are wet when removed . the valves when checked were a little tight now sorted though . next plan of action is maybe compression test . see if i have a burn valve or ring gone (its done 57000mls) failing that maybe a gpz500 engine or replacement kle500 engine
right....don't bother looking for burnt valves or doing a compression check..you won't find the problem there.
i can almost gaurantee it'll be carb related..was running...took carbs apart...now not running...see where i'm going?
have you totally dissasembled the carbs and held each and every jet up to light to check they're clear?..if not do so...just blowing air through is not enough.
i suspect it'll be the pilot air jets blocked...and yes they are a bastard to clear.
make sure all carbs settings are as per the book..mixture screw,needle clip etc and the butterflys open together
years ago i had a mint rd250lc i bought cheap as it was hard to start...really hard as in 20 kicks might get it started ..went through all i could think of to try and sort it..gave up and sold it on...turns out the chokes were assembled wrongly..
where abouts are you in the uk?..maybe someone is close on the board who can help
EDIT: just thought..have you checked that one of the floats doesn't have a puncture?
well i have the carbs apart again . all jets look clear . no crap in float bowl . levels ok . still have good spark and plugs wet . it does thump thump as its turning over as though its trying but theres no vapours coming out the exhaust . i have even tryed easy start again with the carbs on and off the bike . still nothing
putting the wrong leads on the wrong plugs is easy...done it myself a few times
i realise why you're thinking valves/compression but it was running before you took the carbs off,and you haven't had the cam out and had to set the valve timing it's unlikely...hell even if one cylinder had bent valves it would still run on the other.
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