Prowler won't start - make your bets!
So this past weekend, my 650 Prowler began to act up. It began almost immediately after passing through a 2" deep puddle. My wife is driving and after passing through the water the machine shut off. It would restart but would not stay at idle. Eventually got it moving and I chalked it up as a wet wire. For the next 20 minutes or so, the machine continued acting up, shutting off when she stopped, and lacking power when under load.
Managed to get back to my cabin, shut the machine off and after that it would not start.
The tinkering began (in a quick effort to make it run for the long weekend here in Canada).
To make a long thread short:
1. Changed out the plug cap, it looked corroded inside the wire end, so even if it wasn't the problem I thought it best to replace.
2. Trimmed the plug end of the coil wire back just a bit to make for a clean join between the new plug cap and the coil wire.
3. Checked the coil resistance, both primary and secondary, both within spec. (spark looked inconsistent and perhaps weak when the plug was grounded to the engine)
4. Installed new plug.
Cranked over for a bit, but seems to be lacking fuel.
1. Checked to see if the pump was pumping - it was.
2. Disassembled carb and cleaned with cleaner/compressed air.
Part of me is convinced it isn't a fuel issue, i've tossed a bit of gas in with the plug out and machine still won't start.
Will do some more troubleshooting later today......wondering if its the CDI??
Anyone hazard a guess? I intend to check the valve timing to make sure it hasn't slipped a tooth or two.