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Old 03-17-2005, 11:28 PM   #1
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brand new 46la cant get it started, help please

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it was aout -6 the other day and i couldnt get the engine started, it seems to be getting mroe than enough fuel but it wont catch, i heatd the cylinder head with a mini propane torch but still nothing...any ideas( by the way this engine has never been run before)
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:50 PM   #2
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Charge your glo starter?!?

Just a thought ...... some engines are real finicky in the cold ..... a good hot plug and very good glo starter usually works for me though.

Just noticed that you mentioned it was a new never ran engine ....... make sure you have the needles a little rich for that first start.
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Old 03-18-2005, 12:10 AM   #3
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were you using a starter or a chicken stick? may have been too cold for a hand start
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Old 03-18-2005, 10:41 AM   #4
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Well I know the combat guys that fly in the cold use a few drops of ronsonal lighting fluid to give it a kick start. This works on broken in engines, It might work with yours.
Is there a serious rush to get it running? If not I would wait till warmer weather.
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If it were me, i would be tempted to put the motor on a test stand and break it in EXACTLY per the manual. It would ensure a good working, reliable motor when it's -6 and you don't feel like frigging with a motor. If the motor isn't broken in properly, it will never live up to it's potential. Would be a good idea to reset both needles as per the instructions and check your plug and your glow ignitor. Also, make sure your fuel is good and use an electric starter. Good luck.
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Old 03-18-2005, 08:59 PM   #6
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Even with a good strong glow ignitor, it can take 10 to 30 seconds to get the engine running inmy experience. Once you get some fuel flowing through it and it loosens up, try choking it a little, lighyting the plug and hitting it with the starter in a series of "bumps" rather than a continuous turning over.

If its a brand new engine make sure it starts up rich (even open the NV a turn more than recommended) and as long as you get it into a clean two stroke fairly quickly after it starts (remember its an ABN engine and you do NOT want to run it cool) it will come up to temp and run fine.

You can run a few tanks through it with the carb open 100% (no idling and no half throttle - you want it wide open) and the needle set just to get the engine into a clean 2 stroke. Or if you are using a tach about 3 to 500 under peak RPM.

-6C isnt that cold, I was out flying last weekend and it was awesome. No gloves needed after an hour standing outside. Enjoy the nice weather, this weekend's supposed to be nice again here so I imagine Timmins will be too.
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