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post #1 of 10 Old 01-01-2007, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cold starting problem- no spark. HELP!

I've been having alot of problems starting my KLR when it's cold. It will crank and crank, but not fire. Then, usually, it will fire up randomly. I haven't figured out why. But it seems to be getting worse (or just colder) because I've had a few instances lately when it wouldn't start at all. I assumed it was a fuel problem, but I pulled the plug wire off, tried a spare plug (touching the engine) and no spark. I've checked all the connections I can think of, and removed the plug cap, cut the plug wire and replaced the cap (at Fred's advice), and still it is not sparking. Does this sound like a bad coil???

I have the ice screws in the tires, but I can't ride!!!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-01-2007, 02:23 PM
 
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Use a volt meter to make sure your getting power to your coil, if you are then it is probably the coil, if not start looking back from there...Doug
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Well, I don't have any power to the coil, so I guess CDI unit? Great. That cost more than this POS is worth...
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-01-2007, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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So I'm headed to the store to get a multi-meter so I can check out my CDI, and I decide to hit the starter. Of course, it fires immediately. AAAAaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!!
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My first thoughts would be the choke, but you say no spark, so yep the igniter,



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post #6 of 10 Old 01-01-2007, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, it starts now, but I did put an Ohm meter on the coil- it's showing 8ohm, on the secondary, and the clymers says I should be between 3.8 and 5.8. This is out in the cold. I thought I wasn't getting power TO the coil before, but I could be wrong. I guess I'm gonna replace the coil and see if this fixes it....

gonna start there, 'cause it's alot cheaper than the igniter....

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post #7 of 10 Old 01-02-2007, 07:33 AM
 
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At $64+ shipping, I hope that fixes it for you...Doug
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-02-2007, 07:34 AM
 
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Wonder if the kill switch is haunting you Duke, wouldn't be the first time.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-02-2007, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wonder if the kill switch is haunting you Duke, wouldn't be the first time.
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Would the bike crank if the kill switch was the problem??? I figured it wouldn't even crank, because with the switch off, it won't. Are there two seperate circuits to the switch- one controling ignition, and one controling the starter? A couple of times it quit on me while riding, and it felt just like I had hit the kill switch. I've played with it, though, when getting no spark, and it didn't seem to make a difference....
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At $64+ shipping, I hope that fixes it for you...Doug
Yeah, me too. Daddy Joe was kind enough to let me try an extra he has, but I'd already ordered a new one.... Thanks Daddy Joe!!!
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