FridgeFreezer Posted September 15, 2006 Share Posted September 15, 2006 The lodger has a Kawasaki ZZR600 (D model, ~1991) that has been getting harder and harder to start (lots of cranking and more and more choke) as the weather has been getting damper and damper. Now it's rained a few times it's flatly refusing to start at all It's magnetic pickup ignition with an amp/control unit (CDI) which then fires two coils (one per 2 cyls) wasted-spark. Fuelling is four of those old-fashioned clockwork thingies What I would class as all the usual checks & tricks have been tried: - New (YUASA) battery, it's been charged and we've tried jump-starting with little joy. - Spark checked at plugs - Lots of WD40 squirted everywhere - Ground connections, plugs, connectors all checked / cleaned / WD40'd - Plugs checked & cleaned (they look OK and he says they were gapped when they went in a few months back) - It's getting fuel OK - Had a sheet thrown over it to keep it dry overnight, made no difference He's spent a lot of time in the garden waving spanners at it but TBH his technical knowledge is close to zero (he still believes what he reads in Haynes manuals) so he may have tried a few other things. The symptoms are that it chugs when turned over, as if all four cylinders are firing but not with enough bang to actually cough into life. The starter is turning it fast enough 'cos it does the same thing if we jump start it from the RR and it still takes as much effort. I don't know if it's worthy of note but (when it's running) if he blats it up to ~11000rpm it puffs a wee bit of smoke, although I suspect that's just the carbs being a bit rich under power. A new set of HT leads are on order (they cost more than a gen. set for the Rangie ) so hopefully they might make a difference. In the meantime, has anyone got any suggestions before he slits his wrists and I lose my rental income? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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