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    Junior Member fujimo's Avatar
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    I went out today and ran through a retention pond I thought was dry...



    I got stuck and I was pulled out by some good Samaritans.



    I washed the bike down with a pressure washer, and now it won't start.



    I drained the carb, checked the plug... and I guess I should let it dry?



    I feel stupid.



    Any thoughts?






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    Did you get water or mud in your exhaust or air filter passage under the seat? You may also want to check your carbs vent hose. Other than that, I dont know.



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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmStateCrawler View Post
    Did you get water in your exhaust or air filter passage under the seat? You may also want to check your carbs vent hose.


    I think I got water in the exhaust.



    I don't know about the vent hose. I don't think I got water up in there. Do I take the hose off to check?

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    Geez, water in the exhaust? Not sure of which step to take next. My only advice is DONT try and start it! Leave it and wait for the other guys to respond. Water doesnt compress so if you crank it over hard enough you'll kill it dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fujimo View Post
    I think I got water in the exhaust.



    I don't know about the vent hose. I don't think I got water up in there. Do I take the hose off to check?


    If it's not clogged youre fine. You can take it off to check. If you know you got water in the exhaust, take it off, dump it out and let it dry. Drain the bowl for good measure and try it again after it has fully dried!
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    First, does it turn over with the e-start and will it kick through?

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    Remove the spark plug before kicking/cranking the engine. This should clear any water that may have made its way to the cylender either by entry through the intake or exahust. Spray a little WD 40 down the spark plug hole & with the spark plug out, turn the engine over, preferably with the electric starter as it will turn the engine much quicker & help to clear water from the cylender. Also make sure your air filter is not saturated with water / oil, as this can choke off combustion. Better change your oil too, when you get the prob solved, as you may have water in it, water can slip past the rings if it is present in the cylender, as well as entering thru vents, etc. Just a good idea. Check for spark while you have your plug out. I've done the same thing on my old XL250 at a bark dump years ago, burried it up to the bars!! Ahhhh! m.

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    Won't start, how??



    Won't turn over at all, or turns over but won't run?



    With all that mud, then cleaning, you might have pulled a wire loose on a safety relay.



    Also, potato in the tail pipe... is the exhaust clogged? Is the air box clogged?



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    Engine turns over. No ignition.



    As soon as I read the posts, I stopped trying to start it.



    I am pulling the exhaust off.



    I will replace the plug, cause it's dirty...



    I will see about changing the oil.



    I am missing a drain tube for the carb.



    I think there was some bits of dirt in the carb bowl when I drained it.



    Dangit. I just had the carb done at the dealership. That was pricey. I bet the jet has mud in it.



    Mud everywhere...




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    Don't forget to clean and oil the chain.
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