It's no secret that many second-hand purchases hide mechanical problems underneath them. Even though many sellers dispose of their motorcycles with good intentions, some of them do it to get rid of a machine they have mishandled over many months or years. Your prayer is to find someone who has kept his or her motorcycle in the best shape possible; however, this does not dismiss the fact that some minor issues, such as flooded engines, may arise in the course of riding your motorcycle. You need to read the following information to understand how you can deal with a flooded motorcycle engine:
Causes of a Flooded Motorcycle Engine
A flooded motorcycle engine results from the accumulation of excess gasoline in the engine's combustion chamber. Using the throttle as you force the engine to power up makes the situation worse. A flooded engine cannot start or power up your motorcycle.
Check the Spark Plugs
The first symptom of a flooded motorcycle engine is the condition of the spark plugs. Use a spark plug wrench to turn your spark plugs in an anticlockwise direction. This should loosen and allow you to remove it for examination. However, do this gently to make sure you do not break the spark plug. Once the spark plug is out of its compartment, inspect it closely for wetness.
You need to wipe wet spark plugs using a clean, dry cloth so that they can fire up the engine. After doing this, lay them out in the sun so that the spark plugs dry out completely.
Drain the Excess Fuel
Your next line of action is to get rid of the excess fuel choking the life out of your engine. Begin with turning the fuel line off and cutting off any supply of fuel to the carburettor. Thereafter, you can lay your motorcycle to the side to drain excess fuel from the tank. This will remove all the excess fuel that will have built up in the carburettor lines.
Dry the Cylinders
Here, it's time to dry the inside of your engine to ensure that it can run efficiently. Start the motorcycle at least eight to ten times without the spark plugs. This will dry the cylinders of any excess fuel that found its way to their core. If your machine does not have a kick-start mechanism, consider using a bump start or a push start. You achieve this through a forceful and abrupt push that will force the engine to kick into motion.