How to fix a flooded motorcycle engine
Knowing what to do if your motorcycle is flooded will get you out of a jam if the motor doesn't start up when you really need it to. Your gut might tell you to give it more gas to make it start, but it isn't right. It's important to take the correct approach so that your actions don't end up being counterproductive, cause extra work or result in your having to seek technical help from a mechanic. In the following OneHowTo article, we'll explain what to do if your motorcycle is flooded.
We are talking about an engine being flooded when excess fuel has entered the combustion chamber, thus increasing the compression in the engine. The result is that when you try to start the bike, the starter motor might turn but it doesn't engage sufficiently, meaning that your bike won't start.
So when your motorbike is flooded, you should start it without giving it any gas. In order to do this, try to start it in second or third gear and preferably after letting it rest for a few minutes after the last attempt to start it.
If you still can't start your flooded motorcycle using this technique, you'll have to try another alternative. Other alternatives require having some knowledge of mechanics so if you're not well-versed in the subject, leave it to the professionals!
If your bike is flooded and it won't start, it's also advisable to empty the fuel tank. Next, you should clean the carburettor and fuel filters to rule out any possibility that the motorbike is flooding as a result of any accumulated dirt.
Another option to try when it's flooded is to replace the spark plugs. If you're up for the challenge you can try this yourself. If you're not up to the job, take your bike to a reliable motorcycle mechanic.
Keeping up with regular motorcycle maintenance, even if it means having to take it to the shop from time to time, will save you money in the long run and help you avoid having a flooded motorcycle engine. So think of it as a good investment.
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