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Old 04-10-2011, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how to tell if my motor is locked up?

hi, i have a 06 honda rancher 350 2x4. i was selling it on craigslist, and when someone was here buying, they took it one ride up the road, it did fine, then the other man got on it and rode it, about half way back it cut off, no sound, no nothing came when it cut off. it just clicks. it has a new starter, a new pull start, and a new battery. we tried starting it with the pull start and it is like locked up, the pull start doesnt even pull......we tried jumping it, touch the solonides together, everything i new how to......

my motor may be locked up, how do i tell if the motor is locked up.....please help.....
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Old 04-10-2011, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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take the pull start off the rear..with a socket on the crank's bolt..and the spark plug out..try turning the motor over by hand with the rachet and socket,..if it won't turn over..then yeah..your motor is locked up
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Old 04-10-2011, 03:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums. Looks like Shadetree has you covered.
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Most 4-wheeler problems are caused by a loose nut connecting the handlebars and the seat!!

You only need two tools in life -- WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
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yea, thanks for the help, but i was wondering if there was anyway to tell without taking the pull start off?

im just not to good at putting things back together how they came off....lol.....
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Taking the recoil starter off and turning the crankshaft like Shadetree suggested, is really the only way to tell for sure.
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ok, im about to go and try that. Thanks.
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Just out of curiosity, how would you tell on an ATV that does not have a pull start?
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Just out of curiosity, how would you tell on an ATV that does not have a pull start?
Just use a socket and ratchet on the flywheel bolt to try to turn the crankshaft. If it doesn't turn, it's locked up.
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What would cause an engine to just randomly seize up like that?
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What would cause an engine to just randomly seize up like that?
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Ran out of oil or oil blockage somewhere ( over heat) would be my guess.

That or something came loose and jambed the engine.
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