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LOCKUP !

Postby squirrelman jerry » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:38 pm

the latest disaster: got my '89 back on the road after a year in storage. first problem, low charging. second, bad idle and poor running below 3000, sign of a clogged idle jet.

fixed charging with a VFR r/r. rode the back and forth to my shop for 2 days, about about 30 miles, and idle got much better withtout any more problems, cleared itself out. was running great with no noises or vibration problems when i got to the shop. then 2 hours later, went to start it................a big BANKCLUNK and no turning over !!!!!!!!!! :o

tried a socket to turn the engine but it wouldn't rotate. i'll try inspecting the starter clutch first, when i get a chance to dig in, but hoping it isn't the end for this engine at 35,000 miles. :cry:

after looking for a possible jammed starter clutch lockup, i'll check valve timing next, after that ???

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Re: LOCKUP !i

Postby squirrelman jerry » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:52 pm

too many projects so the '89 disaster will sit until i can get to it, meanwhile getting the '90 back on the road, should be easIER this time, ran last summer but i NEED it now cuz.......
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has so many maintenance needs now that it's a pain to ride bit wobbly, needs parts, tires, fork leaks.

got no car so the '90 has gotta be my summer transport. 8-)
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Re: LOCKUP !

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:58 pm

It could be something as simple as hydrolock from leaking fuel. I'd pull both plugs and see if it turns over. Skipper had that problem about 6-7 years ago. Bad petcock + bad float valves added up to a cylinder or two full of gasoline.
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Re: LOCKUP !

Postby squirrelman jerry » Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:03 pm

^^^ yeah, this bike had that problem too, but seems strange a cylinder would fill in just 2 hours. i'll pull plugs as soon as i get back to it.
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Re: LOCKUP !

Postby squirrelman jerry » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:04 pm

yes, fuel-locked, ez fix but i don't have time now to get into carbs. meanwhile, i'll continue to ride the bike and have a sparkplug wrench ready.
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Re: LOCKUP !

Postby spotthedogg » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:39 pm

Mine will hydro-lock in the trailer if I don’t drain it every time. Glad you found the problem and a cheap fix
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