Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I need some help on my new to me 265. It was traded in at my place of work in non-running condition. I sprayed some starting fluid in it and it fired up and I drove it on the trailer. I brought it home to start the cleanup. We adjusted the choke and got it to start without giving it a sniff. The other night, we tried to start it and it backfired thru the exhaust. We looked it over and tried again and it started fine. It hasn't started since. We have tried carb cleaner and starting fluid both and it still backfires thru the exhaust and sometimes thru the intake. I don't know anything about Kawasaki engines, but I'm leaning towards the flywheel key as the culprit. It has 120 lbs. compression after about 8 turns. My local dealer tells me it has a steel cam gear so I don't think it's out of time. Has anybody had a similar problem? Sorry for the long-winded post.