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Jan
9
comment I accidentally kept my vehicle Choke ON while riding?
Even if the spark plug is fouled and I somehow manage to start the bike and switch off the choke, will a 10 minute ride on the bike be enough to consume the fuel that covered the spark plug? Or does the fuel just remain there and can be removed only by cleaning the spark plug?
Jan
9
comment I accidentally kept my vehicle Choke ON while riding?
My bike didn't start on 3 occasions because of fuel deposits on the spark plug (a local mechanic cleaned the spark plug and the bike started) and the authorized service center advised a change of spark plug, engine oil, drain cock packing, gasket cylinder head cov, gasket exhaust pipe, tube fuel, engine head cleaning, carb calibration and new o-rings. Turned out to be quite expensive. Is all of this justified or are they fleecing customers?
Dec
25
comment Suzuki vl 250 wont start
@Paulster2: A mechanic told me that that oil is only for 2 stroke engines. For a 4 stroke engine, I guess we could directly reach the conclusion that it's a fuel richness problem. The mechanic had also turned off the choke on my bike. I hear that it'd done to increase the ratio of air in the air-fuel mixture.
Dec
25
comment Suzuki vl 250 wont start
I had the same problem. The service center person said they'd have to clean and adjust the insides of the carburettor and also clean the engine cylinder head and change the engine oil because of carbon deposits. The labour charge was rather expensive, but after servicing, the bike responsiveness is just too good. A mechanic also told me that repeatedly trying to start the bike when the spark plug is flooded, could severely damage the engine valve. If there's anyone who could confirm these or mention anything, please do.
Oct
28
comment Hit a wall with my car how to remove paint?
Thanks Bob. A use of detergent soap and wet cloth got rid of the paint.
Oct
22
comment How can I get rid of door dings?
Shucks! Your car is like a mirror!
Oct
22
comment Hit a wall with my car how to remove paint?
I got a similar paint mark on my car body after brushing lightly against a gate. Rubbing the area with a wet cloth appeared to get some of the paint onto the cloth, but I'm afraid the water might corrode any tiny sections where the car paint itself got scratched off to expose the metal. Is corrosion a risk? Or do I first use the wet cloth and then use the wax to ensure that oxygen does not reach the metal?
Oct
21
comment Fixing cuts on the seat
Thanks, but I don't think Dr.Vinyl is available in India.
Jun
14
comment Battery does not work after servicing?
The service center people came home to check the battery and they say the battery needs to be replaced (bike). They said the battery cells died out (how can that be, when it was working fine until we gave it for servicing?). For the car, they said it just needs to be recharged, and even recharging never helped. We eventually had to replace it. No problems with the connections. The service center has too many vehicles to cater to, to attend to a long servicing. They get the job done as quick as possible.
Jan
19
comment Repairing a motorcycle tire puncture. With heat or without heat?
That's true. The mechanic told me that after he repairs it, many more faults will develop in the tube. Sure enough, two months later another fault occurred in the tube, and I replaced the tube with a new one. I should've just replaced the tube the first time itself. It really was a waste to try repairing it.
Jun
26
comment What problems can come from AC not running for years?
Years? You're supposed to run the AC at least once a month for a minute so that the fluids flow though it.
Feb
29
comment Car engine starts only for a fraction of a second and doesn't anymore?
Well, I wanted to try and get the car running to take it for a servicing (instead of having to call a mechanic home), so I'd just like to get it to start first.
Feb
25
comment If the engine starts and keeps running, is my fuel pump okay?
That's cool! You might also want to hear how a similar interesting problem puzzled GM for a while (won't spoil the ending by mentioning it here): netscrap.com/netscrap_detail.cfm?scrap_id=501