Subject:RE: RE: RE: Battery & Starting Question Date:Fri Sep 27 22:32:21 2013
Response to:18824
Yes, he was a smart man and a great Dad. He has been gone for almost a year and I think of him every day.

I think that your carb likely has some finned aluminum covers that it is hiding behind. If you pull the screws holding those covers to the case, you will find the carb. At least on mine, there is an air filter held to the carb throat with a screw clamp. Loosen the clamp and the filter should slide off.

Since our bikes have two-stroke motors, we have to mix oil into the fuel to provide lubrication. Premix is fuel with the oil mixed into it.

Someone in this thread suggested making sure that fuel is getting to the carb by using the 'tickler', a small spring- loaded plunger on top of the fuel bowl. When depressed, it is supposed to let fuel into the bowl. If no fuel flows when you try 'tickling' the carb, check the fuel shutoff on the bottom of the tank. Also, there is a brass filter screen attached to the fuel shutoff that can become plugged with fuel varnish and junk. You may need to pull the fuel shutoff from the tank to clean this screen.

Out of curiosity, how long has it been since your bike was running?

Good luck

Your dads a smart Ill check for spark in the morning and thanks for spelling it out for me as I really have no clue what im doing so please excuse the stupid questions. The carb on my bike is covered and I haven't tried taking them off yet. whats premix? Thanks again for the help.

My Dad always told me "If you have spark, fuel, and compression, it should run". Now I know that there are some other things to consider on these lightweights (like crank seals), but I would start there.

You just about have to start with fresh fuel and a fully charged battery. Also, if you don't have decent compression, you may be wasting your time.

Start by pulling the plug, connecting it to the plug wire, grounding the plug base to the engine, and turning the engine over - do you have a good spark? No spark might be anything from a loose wire to bad points / plugs or a bad coil.

If you have spark, reinstall the plug and plug wire, pull the air cleaner and try squirting a small amount of premix into the throat of the carb and then kick the motor over. If it hits, you have a fuel feed or a carb problem.

It wouldn't hurt to try to push start it if the basic stuff checks out...

Good luck,

Just got a 53 hummer and the battery was dead. I looked at the restore section and bought the battery that was suggested which was a 6v 4.5amp battery. I hooked it up and now my lights turn on and stay on but the bike wont start. I am doing something wrong? could it be a carb issue? or should I get the 9amp battery and hope it will make a difference. I know these bikes have a generator and im thinking the 4.5amp battery is to weak.

Any suggestions? before I take it to a shop..