changing spark plugs?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by California, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. California

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    So I brought home a 2007 SilverWing, and now it won't start! It cranks like crazy, but no run! What should I start looking for, does it have a tilt/safety fuel switch? I didn't drop it, but I almost did while messing with the brakes and trying to see how tight a u turn I could do and where the hell are the spark plugs on this thing?

    Stupid is as stupid does....
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  2. Photog

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    Sorry if this sounds dumb and you know it already...but does it have a brake interlock? You may have to hold the rear brake lever in to get it to fire. It's a common DOH! moment for folks who just bought a scoot.
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  3. Roose Hurro

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    Don't forget to make sure you also have the Kill Switch set to "run"... :evil
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  4. viclavigne

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    Simple stuff is usually the culprit, as already stated.

    Kill switch accidentally flipped over, forgetting to hold a brake, trying to start with the side-stand down.... all can make you do the duh! slap on the head.

    Vic
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  5. windburn

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    The Kickstand needs to be up as well

    Right below your crotch is an access panel for the spark plug you need to lift the seat and remove two screws then it come up and out. it is show in the owners manual if you have one. if not you can go to the Silverwing forum and print one.
    I have a 2007 and it runs so well, so far and is so reliable I'm devoted to the machine and I have 15,000 miles on mine.
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  6. California

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    Yes, I know about the kill switch, and the brake lever, and the kickstand, but cranking is not the problem, starting is. It cranks like crazy, it just doesn't fire?

    HELP!
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  8. viclavigne

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    I don't have a SilverWing, but my general experience with scooters is that the safety switches discussed will allow the starter to crank, but keep the engine from actually catching and running.

    It could even be a bad or stuck switch, not impossible for the side-stand switch to go bad. Also - and this may sound oversimplistic - but double-checking that it has enough fuel.... maybe your fuel meter is wrong.

    Vic
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  9. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    likes already bin said... some folks calls it a kaiser blade others call it a sling blade, I call it a sling blade.. mmm hmm. .. I rekon it's got no gas in it. :deal
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    :lol3

    Mmmm-hmmmm.




    (great movie)
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  11. California

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    I like the way you talk, hmmmmmmm, i like them fried taters, hmmmmmm.

    Yes it has gas, that's the first thing I did! I checked the gas level, and even though the guage said it had gas, I added another gallon in case the guage was no good.

    Gonna pull the plugs today and see what they look like and whether they're getting spark. We'll see.....

    As far as cranking and not having spark, in my experience, the Japanese manufacturer's safety switches DO NOT allow the starter to crank.
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  12. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    ya know youre right, I just went and tried to start spacy without t.he brake pedal on, no cranky cranky. Still.... it's always something stupid... the run/start thing.. that switch is my arch nemesis. One day I did 20 minutes of crankin', added gas, pulled plugs... and cusses like a fuqing sailor. flipped that switch and it fired right up. whats worse is how you beat yourself up.... I didn't enjoy the ride, but i was shakin my head the whole time.
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  13. brockster

    brockster Despair & Repair Garage

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    Well, if you didn't do something stupid once in a while, you wouldn't be a human.

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  14. viclavigne

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    That may be model-specific. I used to think the same thing, but found out it ain't necesarily so.....
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    Ok, help me here , is there not three things that make this thing go. Gas, Spark and Compression.Your right get those sparky's out and check them and the compression. could the timing be fubared, it seems unlikely. This is one fine bike.

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  16. California

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    Problem solved!

    Replace two very black and wet sparkemaplugathingies! Started right up and runs great. Only thing I can figure is that when trying to restart it, I didn't reset the tilt/crash/thing by turning the ignition of and on and flooded it. By the time i did things correctly, the plugs were history.

    Ok, 1. GAS, Yup, checked and topped off.
    2. Compression, must be, it was running when I
    tried to fall over.
    3. Spark, Oh, why is it always the last thing you check?
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  17. Roose Hurro

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    Congrats... glad it was something simple. :D
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  18. windburn

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    Great low cost fix and your on the road again now ride you will like your Silverwing.
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