engine will not turnover


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mlenz65
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engine will not turnover

Postby mlenz65 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:14 am



GL1100 Aspencade has been sitting for 5 years. Tried to start, but only got a click and a try, but that was all. Recharged battery, no change. Jumped battery - no change. Pulled starter and checked it - it runs fine. I suspect that the motor may be frozen from sitting to long. How do I get the motor running?



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patbrandon1
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Re: engine will not turnover

Postby patbrandon1 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:46 am

I'm really old school. There are about 214 things to check, but what I would do if it were me, is try to push start it first. If you try that, and post your results, I will post back.

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Re: engine will not turnover

Postby patbrandon1 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:49 am

mlenz65 wrote:GL1100 Aspencade has been sitting for 5 years. Tried to start, but only got a click and a try, but that was all. Recharged battery, no change. Jumped battery - no change. Pulled starter and checked it - it runs fine. I suspect that the motor may be frozen from sitting to long. How do I get the motor running?


Oh, and did you have the starter tested under a load? They can spin fine with just power put to them. But to get an accurate reading on its condition, it must be tested under a load. Take it to Auto Zone or the like and have it tested, if you haven't already.

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Re: engine will not turnover

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:26 am

Also pull all the plugs before you crank it.be prepared just in case the cylinder is full of gas.it can eject a long distance,so kill the ignition.you wouldn't want to turn it into a flame thrower.

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Re: engine will not turnover

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:19 am

Take the stator bolt cover off, 17mm then use a 12mm wrench to turn the stator bolt clockwise only..plugs out may help if you can turn it with some force but not gorilla force the engine is free; if not it's frozen. If frozen you can try soaking the cylinders..ATF, PB plaster and the like..or some light oil..for days maybe keep giving it a crank every so often..releasing the tappets may help too.. Are you sure it's in nuetral??
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mlenz65
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Re: engine will not turnover

Postby mlenz65 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:37 pm

1st - no I didn't have it load tested but will do first. other suggestions will be tried and results posted. Thank you for your feedback.

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Re: engine will not turnover

Postby mlenz65 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:40 pm

I will try to push start when I can find a couple of strapping young men to help.

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Re: engine will not turnover

Postby patbrandon1 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:21 am

mlenz65 wrote:I will try to push start when I can find a couple of strapping young men to help.


Before I would do that though, I would remove the spark plugs, then put a teaspoon of engine oil in each cylinder. Try to let it sit in there over night. You are push starting the bike to see if the engine is free, not necessarily to start it. Please keep in mind that if the engine is frozen, when you try to push start it, don't try it fast. You could take a tumble. Easy does it to see if the engine will turn over. No racing this way. ;)

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Re: engine will not turnover

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:05 pm

RBGERSON wrote:Take the stator bolt cover off, 17mm then use a 12mm wrench to turn the stator bolt clockwise only..plugs out may help if you can turn it with some force but not gorilla force the engine is free; if not it's frozen. If frozen you can try soaking the cylinders..ATF, PB plaster and the like..or some light oil..for days maybe keep giving it a crank every so often..releasing the tappets may help too.. Are you sure it's in nuetral??



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