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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2002, 01:52 PM
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Rancher will not start when cold.

I have a 2000 Honda Rancher 4X4 ES. It runs excelent when temp is above 40. If temp falls below 30, then it will not even try to start. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions? I have had it in the shop 6 times with no results. Also, priming the carburetor does not help.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2002, 03:43 PM
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Re: Rancher will not start when cold.

Doesn't even try when you choke it? Did you buy it new? If not it may be jetted incorrectly by someone who lived at a different altitude.


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Re: Rancher will not start when cold.

I bought it new, and it has had the problem all along.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2002, 07:27 PM
 
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Re: Rancher will not start when cold.

Hmmmm....
Could be jetting but I doubt it.
How much are you priming it? Could you be flooding it?
How does your plug look?
The choke on my 450es has been froze-up since Sept. and I have learned a bit about cold starts without using the choke.
1/2 a shot extra/less on the prime will make a big difference. When you prime start with only 1/2 pump & work your way up. When I prime for a cold start I have found it will take a long time to fire when I use elec.start & a bit of throttle, but will start after only a couple pulls on the cord & no throttle. Playing with it for so long now it will start at -30 on the 3rd pull(I don't use starter that cold till things are warm).
You might want to go to a hotter plug for colder temps as well.
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post #5 of (permalink) Old 02-14-2002, 09:43 AM
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Re: Rancher will not start when cold.

My dads 2001 rancher ES has the same problem. It only has about 200 miles on it. i figure once it gets rode more it will be better. As you can tell it doesn't get rode much.

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Re: Rancher will not start when cold.

most of the time when you have this problem....it is jetting related...I had that problem on my shee and it was in effect under jetted...now that I have it pretty much on the money..it starts on the 2nd or 3rd kick...if it has sat for a month...like in the winter...it will take 5 or 6 max...but she sure starts a hell of a lot better then when it was incorrectly jetted....

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