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post #1 of 34 Old 08-13-2011, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Bike wont start after a wash!!

I washed my 08 zx10r today, like i do every time with a light spray of the pressure washer... went to start it, the ignition hits but the bike just drowns out. I hit the start switch while opening the throttle slightly and it started but was working very awkward and would cut out if i let go of the throttle... I rode it keeping the bike above 3000k rpm to see if it would sort it self out but was riding very awkwardly and the engine noise was not smooth at all, very awkward sounding.... Any ideas?
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post #2 of 34 Old 08-13-2011, 05:21 PM
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It's possible you may have got an exposed wire wet somewhere. I had a friend with a similar problem on his Daytona 675 and he ended up letting it sit in the sun for about 4hrs. It took some time, but it worked.

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It's possible you may have got an exposed wire wet somewhere.
Soapy water is very conductive.
It may dry out but if the leakage current remains for a period it may lead to a permanent conductive path. Best to try and find the connector where the water has entered and wipe/blow it dry, if not 2nd best, disconnect the battery and prevent the leakage current while it dries out.
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Step 1) Take all your plastics off

Step 2) Go to a gas station with an air hose and use it it to blow down all the wet parts and excess water

Step 3) Then go to Starbucks and make sure the bike is directly in the sun (no shade) get a Venti Mocha Latte ask for it supper hot.

By the time you get your order and it cools down a bit and you're finally able to enjoy it, you bike should have dried off by. If not please repeat step 3 as many times as needed. Although you'll start running a high bill after 2 or 3 orders.

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Once you get past this problem, never use that method to clean your bike again. Water pockets in spots where you have switches, accelerates corrosion, hard water stains. Never a good idea. Use this and it prevents all those problems plus it protects you from sun fading.

I've used it for over a decade and swear by it.



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Thanks for the advice... I will for sure never wash with a jet wash again!! I will let it soak up the sun for a few hours, I tried the bike just now and it still wouldnt start... Its been 12 hours since I washed it 7pm to 7am, so hopefully the afternoon sun and heat will do the trick, I just hope its nothing serious...
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Any luck? Yeah, I never wash my bike, I always just wipe the plastics down with an anti-scratch towel and some quick mist detailer...although I might try the Honda cleaner next time. After the plastics I wipe down everything else and she's brand new again...
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If its still not starting afteer 12 hours, its probably not just an exposed wire, that most likely would have dried out...

Your bike seems to be exhibiting all the symptoms of water in the tank...
In a nutshell, Water molecules are bigger than gas molecules and the water clogs your injectors.
I know because I experienced this a couple months ago...
To remedy, take off tank, pull out fuel pump, empty and dry tank and pump, reassemble tank, plug harness and fuel line into tank, but don't plug line into injectors, hold a cup or bowl under the fuel line, turn bike on and off a few times to cycle fuel pump and push all remaining water out, start her up, hopefully this fixes...
It did with mine...

I was also told to add some water remover to the fuel, but I didn't need it...the bike fired up, ran like shit for about 10 seconds, then roared back to life...


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+1 on the Honda spray...
Only thing on my bike that sees water is the wheels...


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I never wash my bike. Just use meguiars quick detailer everywhere. Microfiber towels for tank and plastics and cheap rags for wheels, swingarm, and engine cases. Soapy water always causes problems on bikes, mostly in the electrical connections. Soap screws up the connections even as it dries, leaving residue that fouls the terminals.

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