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  • Bike won't stay started

    Looking for some info on where to start looking, maybe a common problem with a simple fix?

    Bike runs.. sometimes. I will ride it for a few minutes and then it has a hard time staying running. The bike feels like it is missing while riding then all of a sudden it will just start to sputter and wind down like it is running out of gas (not out of gas btw).

    Any ideas?

    The bike has yet to undergo Chucks power connector mod, and the +/- mods. I plan to start there to rule out simple electrical problems.

  • #2
    Re: Bike won't stay started

    http://www.tlplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80975

    Read thru this and some other threads that are related. You will find out what's wrong.

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    • #3
      Re: Bike won't stay started

      I read the whole thread... and umm... I don't think that helped me clear up any confusion haha. You kind of jumped from solution to solution. Was it silicon in your fuel injectors causing the problem? Because that is not the problem I am having.

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      • #4
        Re: Bike won't stay started

        Well, eventually we found silicone in filter which was main cause, then found that it made its way to injectors.

        But, there are several threads that pertain to roughly the same scenario.
        http://www.tlplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81396
        http://www.tlplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81355

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        • #5
          Re: Bike won't stay started

          The most common response is: Put it in dealer mode, check for codes, Sync throttle bodies and adjust throttle position sensor. Check all wires at connectors for corrosion and looseness, etc....

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          • #6
            Re: Bike won't stay started

            Originally posted by RAT_on_a_TL View Post
            http://www.tlplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80975

            Read thru this and some other threads that are related. You will find out what's wrong.
            Dude, a lot of people appreciate the help, but that is not a normal failure.


            I would suggest you start with normal maintenance items, fuel filter, spark plugs, set the tps, balance the throttle bodies, and possibly coils. Also check your normal connectors like the headlight harness and starter relay connectors for corrosion. Then check back with us. Most likely this will fix the problem.
            Mike Rock
            NESBA #506 '98 TLR
            American cycle performance MRP motorsports

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            • #7
              Re: Bike won't stay started

              Next time it happens open the filler cap and then see if it starts and runs. If so suspect the vent in the cap is plugged. I'd also check the fuel filter given your symptoms.
              "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."

              Colonel Jeff Cooper, in "The Art of the Rifle"

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              • #8
                Re: Bike won't stay started

                Awesome.. thanks a ton guys, i will check these areas out.

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                • #9
                  Re: Bike won't stay started

                  Originally posted by Jeff View Post
                  Next time it happens open the filler cap and then see if it starts and runs. If so suspect the vent in the cap is plugged. I'd also check the fuel filter given your symptoms.
                  I forgot all about that, your in cali too, so if your bike us an original California bike, they run all kinds of stuff to the charcoal can, and that could be plugged up causing the problems as well.
                  Mike Rock
                  NESBA #506 '98 TLR
                  American cycle performance MRP motorsports

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bike won't stay started

                    Shoot, missed that it's in CA. If it's a CA spec bike it doesn't have a vented cap, but could still be the result of the venting being plugged. If there's a canister in the trunk(I think that's where they put it) it's a CA spec bike. You might want to download the Service manual from the TL Resources link above to sort it all out.
                    "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."

                    Colonel Jeff Cooper, in "The Art of the Rifle"

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bike won't stay started

                      Not a Cali bike. It is a Colorado bike. I would never buy a vehicle from california.. for obvious reasons.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Bike won't stay started

                        I my TLS is a Cali bike but it had a non Cali tank on it when I bought it so I remove the charcoal can and related hoses. The hose going to the front TB was dry rotted and split open. I had major running issues till I went through all the vacuum hoses and had to replace most of them.
                        My build thread --->http://www.tlplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79793
                        My suspension upgrade --->http://www.tlplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84704
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                        Wichita, Ks.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Bike won't stay started

                          Originally posted by k_smittay View Post
                          Not a Cali bike. It is a Colorado bike. I would never buy a vehicle from california.. for obvious reasons.
                          Then my first post applies.
                          "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."

                          Colonel Jeff Cooper, in "The Art of the Rifle"

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                          • #14
                            Re: Bike won't stay started

                            You could try disconnecting the powercommander if you are running one ??

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                            • #15
                              Re: Bike won't stay started

                              Originally posted by Hobo View Post
                              You could try disconnecting the powercommander if you are running one ??
                              I don't have a power commander.



                              UPDATE- It isnt an obvious electrical problem. Opened as many connectors as I could find.. not an ounce of corrosion or dirtiness. Going to start with a TPS/TB adjustment and work my way back from there.

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