People who make and fix petrol bikes.

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Nahom, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    Hi all
    I am new to all of this but does anyone know anyone in the West Midlands- any motorbike dealer or private person who can fix mine?- I'd really be so grateful. Also any in Oxfordshire?
    I am told I have a flooded engine because I forgot to use the choke.

    Thanks,

    Nahom
     

  2. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    If its just flooded take out the spark plug leave the clutch out and pedal around for a while until fuel stops shooting out , the most common reason I've come across for major flooding is leaving the fuel tap on.
     
  3. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    Hi where is the spark plug please?

    Also what do I do if it's not a flooded engine? A guy who looked at it said it was a flooded engine. I really don't know anything about these things which was why I needed someone who did know about these like some kind of motorbike mechanic or someone who makes these or a private seller whose owned one of these. I really don't know where to go. I was mugged 400 quid for one of these and the least that can be done is get it working and at least understand how it works.
    Can someone please help my situation?
    Pleaaaaase? I don't know who to go to... these aren't common.

    P.S Is there somewhere I can get a manual for one of these things? I know there's an assembly kit which comes with a guide to making these please could someone tell me where to find some kind of manual?
     
  4. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    its just a basic 2 stroke engine , the spark plug is the thing on the top of the engine with a wire coming off it , the manual is this forum look around read things etc.
     
  5. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    Is this the spark plug? How do I remove it? Spanner? Also I just cycle without turning engine on? Just pedal. How do I know when it's unflooded?
    How do I prevent flooding from happening?
    The guy said I screwed it up because I didn't put the choke up in the morning when I started it and kept trying to start it without doing that again and again. Is this a cause for flooding?
    How exactly am I supposed to start the bike properly?
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  6. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    Also what do I actually do with the choke I don't actually get what it's for. The guy said the choke is what I'm pointing at. Is its normal state down when I'm riding ?
    But in the morning up to get it started. And then down again once Ive got it started? 20160924_003857.jpg
     
  7. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    yes thats the sparkplug can use a ratchet or a spanner , the choke i would only use if very cold but your right down is off up is on , some engines need choke some dont i dunno but the normal procedure is pedal up to about 8mph and pop the clutch can also raise the back wheel and use pedal as a kickstart.

    some carbs might be different but if you remove the red cover you can see if up is choke on , it might be opposite on your carb?
     
  8. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    When I take out the spark plug ( and let it hang presumably) and then pedal where does the fuel actually go? Flows out from the hole where the plug was connected to?

    If I remove the carb how would I tell what up and down means?

    It was working perfectly when he showed me and I used it in front of him fine as well and then next day it just stopped when apparently I started it wrong- how likely is it that there's not something actually wrong with the engine itself?

    Thanks
     
  9. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    could well be something else wrong with it but yeah the fuel will fly out the hole ,put a rag on top cycle it round with clutch out and see if it gets soaked with fuel , if you remove the red cover there is a little metal disc with a hole in it when the choke is on that disc will block a bigger hole when off you will see the bigger hole.

    but you need to look around the forum and read all, of the questions you have were most likely asked before use the search at the top

    If you really just want someone to fix it bring it to a small engine repair shop I.e lawnmowers strimmers etc. Or else to a motorcycle shop most likely they will charge more in the bike shop tho
     
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  10. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    The nut is too far in close the engine :(
    Even my thin spanner won't work!
     
  11. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    Well I usually use a ratchet or the tool you get with the kit if I'm stuck, go to some hardware shop/coop/tool hire shop/motor factors and ask them for a plug spanner think it's 21 mm not sure measure and check
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016
  12. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    I can remove that black cap kind of thing with my hand leaving a thin bolt thingy sticking out behind the spark plug which was covered by the black cap.
    Do I have to actually remove that whole spark plug with the nut leaving a hole where you can see inside the engine?
    Is a rachet designed to do the job of a spanner where a spanner can't fit?
    I dont own one- what price should I be looking for to do the job?
    Cheers
     
  13. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    Some tool hire places may just give it to you and you bring it back but I gave got a plug spanner in your equivalent to pound land they are cheap 5£ at most about 50 p on ebay
     
  14. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    What should I google? "Plug spanner"?
     
  15. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    yeah or as i said above go to nearby store = less waiting
     
  16. Nahom

    Nahom Member

    Are you sure the one you bought it from was called industry-village- he said there were no tools included in the kit.
     
  17. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Active Member

    Open the eBay app on your phone, search spark plug socket, refine by price low to high and the top result is 16 sizes of the tool for 0.99p, in UK, but you have to wait 4 days to see if it stays at a low price. There's also 6,426 alternatives though. I have not checked the size either as the tool comes with the engine kit.
    The gear puller tool also comes with the kit and is indispensable. You cannot properly maintain the engine without these tools which come with the kit.
    Measure your spark plug. The third eBay result is 19mm supposed to be for a chainsaw and may well be correct. Looks good and under a quid. Just have to wait until 7th October at the earliest as it's not a UK seller. But it's raining anyway.
     
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