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Fix a Flooded Motorcycle Engine in 5 Quick Steps
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Fix a Flooded Motorcycle Engine in 5 Quick Steps

If too much gasoline is allowed into the engine at once then it causes flooding of the bike engine. It is indeed necessary to take the correct steps and approach so that the actions you take don't end up being counterproductive. The compression in the engine is increased when excess fuel enters the combustion chamber. And as a result when you start the engine, the bike won’t start as the starter motor might turn but it doesn't engage sufficiently. One of the simple solutions for this is to wait for the gas to evaporate from different parts of the engine. There are some ways to solve the issue of the flooded bike engine in 30 minutes or less.

Check if the Engine is Flooded?

Gasoline problems and ignition problems are the main reasons that will prevent the bike from starting. When the gasoline engine floods through throttle usage, a large amount of gasoline accumulates within the combustion chamber. It coats the walls of the cylinder and dampens the electrode. So if you are confident that there is no issue of the electrical system and there is a mild smell of gas then there are chances that the engine is flooded and requires immediate fixing.

What you will need:



Spark plugs


Step 1) Remove the spark plug using a wrench as they are the first areas that you should keep a check. If the spark plug is wet then dry it off using a cloth. Wipe it down with a clean rag and lay it in the sun to dry. If the spark plug no longer produces a sufficient spark then it may be necessary to replace it.

Step 2) Turn the choke off on the carburetor and turn the gas line off. Lay the bike over slightly while standing on the side of the bike that contains carburetor. The excess gasoline that is collected in the overflow tubes is drained off due to this. Using rags wipe off the gasoline that may drain.

Step 3) Kick start the bike 8-10 times with the spark plugs removed,  in order to dry the compression cylinders. If you do not have a bike that supports a kick start then you will have to manually start the engine. This will require the labor of more than one person for pushing the motorcycle.

Step 4) Reinstall the plugs that you removed and make sure that they are dry. Kick start the motor by holding the start button and turn the gas back on.

Step 5) Check if there is gasoline in the oil by pulling the oil plug. If there is oil present then change it immediately. There is also tiny dirt particles that get in the cylinders during flooding. Clean the carbs with a rag and install the fuel filter to avoid such situation.

Besides following these simple steps to fix a flooded engine, keep a check over the motorcycle maintenance and take it to the shop time to time. Think of it as a wise investment that will save the money in the long run and avoid having a flooded motorcycle engine.

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