Rain shut down my bike.

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Rain shut down my bike.

Post by Chompper26 »

I got stranded tonight on my way to work and had to call a tow. The bike was running fine till i hit some heavy rain. Then it lost power and finally shut down completely. After 2hrs under cover it would start but ran horribly so i called a tow truck. The engine is making a chunking noise like not all its cylinders are actually firing. Just wondering what the water could have gotten to that would cause this.

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Re: Rain shut down my bike.

Post by Aussie81Interstate »

Check your plugs and if there is water staying in the recess - there should be a drain hole which lets water build up drain out - if blocked it could be your problem. Also your plug leads could have shorted out or coils got damp - but I would say more than likely plug caps and leads are the issue.

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Post by WingAdmin »

Clean out the plug well drains as mentioned, and I would then start the bike up at night, then take a mister filled with water and start spraying in and around the engine - particularly the coils and spark plug wires. If you have a crack in a coil or plug wire, you'll start seeing sparks at the location of the problem.. You might need to rev the engine up to generate enough voltage to see the sparks.

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