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Old 01-16-2012, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 polaris XCR 600 triple

Problem with 1997 polaris XCR 600 triple. It sat for 3 years, but with the help of a freind, got it up and running (new gas/plugs/etc.) and started it up and had it idle a few times within the last few weeks. A week ago i took it for a spin around the yard and parked it by the house to finish cleaning it up. It ran great as ever.

the day after i parked it, it would not start. it wont even "flutter" or give any "pup" to hint at starting when i pull it. ive tried a few times a day for the last few days now.

the only thing i messed with after parking it, was that i looked very breifly at the choke switch as i need to replace it since the plastic handle broke it.

My instinct says it somehow is not reading that its switch on since it shows zero signs of firing up.

So perhaps the problem is with my key switch went? i took it off and cleane dthe corrosion the best i could.

Yes the kill switch and gas are on, and plugs are in, and it is not out of gas.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are the plugs wet when you are trying? Is it getting spark? Two things to check...
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just checked a couple things....
the plugs have spark when i pull. but they are not wet.
fuel injector would be my next guess?
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if the sled even has that? im not mechanicaly handicap, but i bow out gracefuly whenever anyone else has an idea on fixing sleds and cars. lol
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i would just put some gas in the head of each spark plug just a cap full its EFI?
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i put some starting fluid in the plugs, if started up, but died immediately since the fluid burned up.

EFI ?? i am unfamiliar, sorry.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i meant i firgured it was carburated not electronic fuel injected
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carburated to my knowledge.
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Is the fuel turned on? That's always a good thing to check

If it's not getting fuel, several things can cause it.

How full is the fuel tank? If the rubber pick-up hose in the tank has rotted off, the fuel may be below the inlet/outlet of the tank and it won't get fuel. A new inlet hose will be required, which has to be installed through the hole in the tank. If this is the case, you will also have to go fishing with a coat hanger for the old hose, as it has a weighted filter on it.

Is the fuel pump working? Remove one of the gas lines from a carb, put the end in a bottle, pull the rope. Is any gas coming out? If not, there may be a problem with the fuel pump. You should get about a teaspoon when you give the rope a good pull. To make this job easeir, remove the plugs. That way, you don't have the compression to pull against.

Next will be inlet needle/seats in the carbs. It would be rare for all three to stick at the same time, but it's possible. If you had really bad gas with a bunch of varnish/debris in it, all the carbs could have gotten clogged at the needle/seat. Not likely, but something to check.
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