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post #1 of 25 Old 12-02-2018, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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500 single ATV wont start. WHY?

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I am baffled. This Cat 500cc single cylinder ATV I pickedup in October wont start! It ran perfect when I parked it, now I can't get it to start, no matter WHAT I try!


Yes it has gas. Yes it has spark. Yes I made sure it wasn't in gear. I tried it with the brake locked, without it. I checked ALL the fuses. Nothing is wrong but something is keeping it from running.


What are your suggestions for what you would do or check to get it going? I can't figure this one out. It ran perfect...now, nothing. Two months maybe of it sitting, covered up, no water or snow hitting it.
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It may have spark and it may have fuel,but is it getting fuel to the engine...try a shot of starting fluid. If it fires you're not getting fuel.
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the plug is wet with fuel
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Then most likely the plug is bad. They'll often fire out of the engine but not under compression
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we tried 3 new plugs. that's whats weird. nothing makes sense
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what is it that I am missing or overlooking. It didn't help that it was a Craigslist buyer from out of town and I was feeling guilty that it wouldn't start. IT always had!
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500 single ATV wont start. WHY?

Are you using the primer on the carb? Is the electric enrichener working? Fresh fuel? Have you checked the air intake for rodent nests?
What year is it?

2013 700 XT TRV EPS :
28" Bighorns on bed linered 08 Prowler rims , Wireless winch remote, 3000LB. Warn winch, Heated front and rear grips, Cat relay wiring harness for accessories, LED light bar, 08 650 trv LTD rear box, Heated rear seat, Elka stage 3 shocks all 4 corners, Aftermarket A-arm bushings, aftermarket sway bar bushings(prototype), Deluxe brush guard bumpers front and rear, Red anodized Hause fairlead, beverage opener winch hook, Synthetic winch rope, RTR motor mount bushings, Dynojet PC5 programmer, Dynojet Autotune, [/B]

07 500 Gone but not forgotten;
Dynojet/142m/45p/3rd/3turns--Clipped and drilled--Unifilter--Easy adjust PMS--L.C.V. mod--AC Swaybar--Exhaust mod--2"Snorkels--Sanny shock bushings-- Airdam stage 1--PSC phase 2--21/ 23gr rollers--Dalton yellow spring--.7mm shim--Sanny Steerlites--RTR Flex Bracket--2 up seat / pegs--Tach--AC handguards--28" Outlaw mst's--Skull tailight--Skull shifter--Self Resetting Breakers--1" Wheel spacers--Customcncparts Steering Damper--AC deluxe handwarmers--6000k HID'S hi/lo--AC Deluxe Bumpers--Inline Fuel Filter-- O2 sensor \AFR guage--Black Magic Full Stainless Exhaust System--Wireless Winch Remote--29.5 Outlaws--Fox Podium X Rear Shocks--




It's mind over matter,If you don't mind,
It just doesn't matter

No Boost No Bottle
just balls and throttle
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Its a 2003. We used the choke on the handlebars and it only flooded it, soaking the plugs. I filled the tank with fuel in October 2018...just over 30 days ago.

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Check your air intake.

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28" Bighorns on bed linered 08 Prowler rims , Wireless winch remote, 3000LB. Warn winch, Heated front and rear grips, Cat relay wiring harness for accessories, LED light bar, 08 650 trv LTD rear box, Heated rear seat, Elka stage 3 shocks all 4 corners, Aftermarket A-arm bushings, aftermarket sway bar bushings(prototype), Deluxe brush guard bumpers front and rear, Red anodized Hause fairlead, beverage opener winch hook, Synthetic winch rope, RTR motor mount bushings, Dynojet PC5 programmer, Dynojet Autotune, [/B]

07 500 Gone but not forgotten;
Dynojet/142m/45p/3rd/3turns--Clipped and drilled--Unifilter--Easy adjust PMS--L.C.V. mod--AC Swaybar--Exhaust mod--2"Snorkels--Sanny shock bushings-- Airdam stage 1--PSC phase 2--21/ 23gr rollers--Dalton yellow spring--.7mm shim--Sanny Steerlites--RTR Flex Bracket--2 up seat / pegs--Tach--AC handguards--28" Outlaw mst's--Skull tailight--Skull shifter--Self Resetting Breakers--1" Wheel spacers--Customcncparts Steering Damper--AC deluxe handwarmers--6000k HID'S hi/lo--AC Deluxe Bumpers--Inline Fuel Filter-- O2 sensor \AFR guage--Black Magic Full Stainless Exhaust System--Wireless Winch Remote--29.5 Outlaws--Fox Podium X Rear Shocks--




It's mind over matter,If you don't mind,
It just doesn't matter

No Boost No Bottle
just balls and throttle
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the one under the seat? I did yesterday, pulled the seat off and the filter is there, in place and breathing
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