Help from anyone on starting issues /cold weather

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Help from anyone on starting issues /cold weather

Postby Maui Devil » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:13 pm

Hey everyone! I'm new here and have a help question for cold weather...I have this model

http://www.roketa.com/product/2610/0/38641.shtml

I have been using a space heater plugged in at my garage and on the outside of my building at work late at night when the temp is in the twenty degree range and it takes a half hour to warm the engine enough to start. Last week the electric starter acted up and only works after it has been on for a while if I need to fire it up again at a stop light. A few days ago temp dropped below ten degrees and I was ow on oil so I filled it and my gas tank, then stored it. Now neither the electric start nor lick start will get it to start but the lights work so the battery is still ok.

Advice anyone?
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re: Help from anyone on starting issues /cold weather

Postby John » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:55 am

Put a new plug in it to start with. Make sure the battery is fully charged. Turning the lights on doesn't indicate a good battery. Also your bystarter/choke may not be working. Find a manual on line and see what the resistance is for it to move. Use snowmobile injector oil if it is too cold. Better flow. Better still use a cage or take transit, it is winter you know!

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re: Help from anyone on starting issues /cold weather

Postby supercub » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:22 am

Keep a trickle charger on the battery. Batteries like to be warm for high loads. I usually burn my headlight for a minute before I try to start my streetbike on cold spring mornings. A thinner oil will help the engine to turn over easier. In a 2 stroke, the oil gels up around the moving parts. That can make intital turning over hard.
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re: Help from anyone on starting issues /cold weather

Postby oilyhans » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:42 am

most roketas are 4t's and a hard start on them
can also be that the valves need adjusting

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re: Help from anyone on starting issues /cold weather

Postby Maui Devil » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:14 pm

Thank you everyone...been so cold I took the bus to work way too much ice. The dealer said he'll take a look at it for me and I'll post his answer. Will let you know!
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