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Jeff Policky, Motorcycle Mechanic
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Experience:  Yamaha Gold, Suzuki Gold, Honda Bronze, Polaris Bronze, BRP
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My 4 wheeler turns over but won't start, New battery, 1999

Customer Question

My 4 wheeler turns over but won't start
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: New battery
JA: What is the model/year of your motorcycle?
Customer: 1999 yamaha wolverine 4x4
JA: Are you fixing your bike yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Trying to. New bat. New plug and New manifold intake it was cracked
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No but is this going to cost me
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I’m Louie. Sorry you had to wait awhile but I’ll do my best to help.

Initially, have you checked:

  • • presence of spark when attempting to start;
  • • if the spark plugs are getting wet with fuel;
  • • is there strong suction at the carb mouth.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok I havnt checked those things and really don't know how but want to learn if I can
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Let's try the first two (2). Go through the routine of starting the Wolverine but work the throttle lever as if you're trying to flood the engine. Then, remove the spark plugs:

  • • visually inspect if the tip did get with fuel;
  • and then carefully perform a spark test. Please click HERE for a video reference.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I want to go ahead and cancel
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

My participation is strictly limited to technical, repair and/or installation issues.

On cancellation and other billing & payment concerns, contact Customer Service.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Done; cancellation request forwarded.