Won't Fire

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Won't Fire

Post by T=Trouble » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:51 am

I have only had my 1993 Goldwing Aspencade 1500 for a few weeks. It has been running great. This morning I went out to start it and she fired right up. A little bit into letting it just idle, she died. From that point on she would crank but no attempt at firing. I really don't know how to work on bikes and without being able to start her to take her to the shop, I am at a lost. Any pointers at what to try would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Won't Fire

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:22 am

Simply put..you either run out of gas in the carbs or spark.
Find out if you have spark first.Attach a spare plug to any plug wire and crank it a second.
Once we determine why it died,we can point you into the rest of the common problem areas.
Well have to rely on your feedback on what you see to be able to direct you to the next step rather than just suggesting you change a bunch of stuff and hope it fixes it.

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Re: Won't Fire

Post by raycw » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:32 am

Any chance you left the choke lever 'ON'???? A minute or so on full choke will kill the engine.

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Re: Won't Fire

Post by Dogsled » Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:38 pm

Look where you put the gas in and you should see your fuel filter, it should indicate whether or not you have fuel getting up out of the tank. If you know nothing about working on motorcycle, you picked the right bike. You will become well versed in the term WTF, after a year. Never ending surprises. Good luck.

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