trouble starting engine

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by tim85, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. tim85

    tim85 New Member

    Hi, I am in the middle of trying to fix my brother's bike. It's relatively hard to start, and will not idle. I thought it might be an air leak so I gave the intake a new gasket and put an O Ring on the manifold. The carby itself is new and the jet is secured properly and the needle is properly set. Still no difference. The fuel lines are good, carby has fuel going through and the piston is getting fuel. However, at closer inspection I noticed that the piston isn't getting all the way past the intake. The piston does reach all the way to the top of the cylinder but about 1cm of the bottom of it is still visible through the intake. I've never had to do any repairs to an engine in terms of the piston, so I don't know if it is common for that to occur. I had a look at mine, and it goes up past the intake. This would be why it isn't starting too easily and not idling at all, right?

  2. SignedByMe

    SignedByMe New Member

    Hello before you start doing anything first make sure there is a spark. To do this take the plug out and rest it on the head of the cylinder. If spark problem piston if no spark problem electrical.
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  3. tim85

    tim85 New Member

    I got spares anyway. I'll just switch plugs. Thanks.
  4. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    unless modified, these pistons usually don't clear the intake port

    often, if idle screw is all the way in & still won't idle, one needs to lean out the needle a bit
  5. tim85

    tim85 New Member

    Thanks crassius, would that be higher or lower? I can never remember that one
  6. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    one moves the clip higher to let the needle drop lower to block more fuel
  7. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    Idk about the idle screw on the cns or other carbs, but on the NT the idle screw needs to be at least 3&1/2 turns out.