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I have a 2005 Kawasaki 3010 and will not stay started

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I have a 2005 Kawasaki 3010 and will not stay started
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.
Hi and welcome to JustAnswer,
Thank you for the question and your patience. Should you still need assistance for information purposes only...
Initially and if have not been tried start with the basics/a review; inspect the battery & ground lines and/or check/clean the battery cables + terminals as a preliminary consideration. Better yet, have the battery externally charged and then LOAD TESTed (even if new and just for the purpose of eliminating it as a suspect).
If it has a problem engaging the starter motor, check the starter relay. To locate the starter relay, start by following the big cable from the + terminal of the battery as it always ends up tied to 1 of the 2 big terminals of the starter relay. Carefully but quickly/momentarily jump the two (2) big terminals. This is a bypass of the starter relay to enable the starter motor to spin:
• if no starter action, then starter motor highly suspect;
• if starter would clack loudly, then a possible internal problem;
• if slow starter action, then battery/voltage/connection concern;
• if would start as expected, then a likely possible starter relay and/or its wiring/interlocks issue.
On the otherhand, if it would start but only run shortly, then attempt to start again with throttle partially open. Proposed checks (if have not been done) :
• carefully remove the sparkplug;
• check the burn color of the ceramic at the tip end;
• results would indicate:
- if black/sooty, then rich and/or vacuum leak issue;
- if oily, then an internal engine problem;
- if light brown to whitish, then lean and/or an air leak concern;
• check if the tip is wet with fuel; and then
• cautiously perform a spark test;
• results would indicate:
- if not wet or overly wet, then fuel delivery issue;
- if no/weak spark then electrical/ignition concern;
• consider replacing the sparkplug(s).

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