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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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kawasaki 440 wont start

i recently came upon a kawasaki 440 fan cooled engine out of a vintage Arctic Cat and i havent been able to get it running. i have cleaned the carb a few times and correctly put it back together and i am using a 32:1 premix. i have pulled the plugs and i have plenty of spark, and gas shoots out of the spark plug holes when i turn it over. i should mention though that that the cylinder on the clutch side shoots out a lot more gas than the cylinder on the other side. can anybody give me some advice to get it running?
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Sounds like the inlet needles in the carb are letting excess fuel by. You're getting WAY too much fuel if it's spraying out. Replace the carb needle/seat on each one.

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You probably have a single wahlbro carb there. They where known to have issues with the fuel pump portion and would deliver too much fuel. AAs SEG suggests, replace carb needle and seat. Also to get rid of the excess fuel in the cyl. leave the plugs out and cut off the gas to the carb, I use a set of small vicegrips to pinch the line. Turn it over untill there is no more spray from the holes and then use NEW plugs to try to start it. it should try to start after a couple of pulls. If you get it running, release the gas line and see if it wants to run ok or stall out. Then you will know if you have to work on the carb.

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hey thanks guys that is good advice.

as smallengineguy and RJ Gleason suggested, i had way too much fuel going into the motor. as soon as i got a reply, i went out and screwed my jets in all the way and then backed them out a half turn. the motor started after a little bit but it was running rough and spewing a lot of smoke. do i just need to fine tune the carb? i will try what RJ mentioned tommorow and see if that helps

btw, sorry for not mentioning that i have a single tillotson carb ser#HD87A
and the motor ser# T1B440S1A

thanks for all your help
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Some of them had the wahlbro carbs too. the jets on the carb should be the one with the pin in it at 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 turn out and the other one from 3/4 to 1 full turn.

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hi

i hope u can figure it out, wish i could help u, but i dont know the answer--but i have a 71' lynx-292 by kawasaki, and i have no spark, so i needed to work my way to the end of the spark plug wire, and i removed the cover that holds the pull string, and another plate like cover, and now all i have to do is remove the flywheel looking thing--crank wheel?? or what ever its called,to get to the wire--to see if anything is burnt out--do i need a puller or something--please let me know--thanx--arlee
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i hope u can figure it out, wish i could help u, but i dont know the answer--but i have a 71' lynx-292 by kawasaki, and i have no spark, so i needed to work my way to the end of the spark plug wire, and i removed the cover that holds the pull string, and another plate like cover, and now all i have to do is remove the flywheel looking thing--crank wheel?? or what ever its called,to get to the wire--to see if anything is burnt out--do i need a puller or something--please let me know--thanx--arlee
Pull the flywheel off and you probably need to clean and adjust your points.
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A harmonic balancer puller or steering wheel puller will get the flywheel off.

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