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Hello, new to this forum. I searched the subject but did not find an answer.

I have a 95 trx 400. When I use the electric starter it takes a good 20 to 30 seconds cranking to finally get the engine started yet if I use the pull starter it starts first pull.

I'm wondering if using the electric starter takes power or voltage away from the coil or whatever fires the spark plug so It will not start while I am holding the starter button. When I do use the starter it seems to start the instant I release the starter button?

sometimes I don't feel like using the electric starter to crank it 20 seconds or so and I use the pull starter, it starts first pull?

Has anyone else had this problem?

Thanks for your help,

Bob F.
 

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Welcome to the forums. When you crank it over with the electric start does it crank slow??? I think when you are using your pull start you are getting the motor to turn over faster than the electric start. You could have a dead battery / bad starter.
Also what you said about the coil not getting enough voltage when the starter is turning over is probably your problem. I bet that you going to have to buy a new coil and/ or spark plug. Good luck.
 

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This question comes up every now and then. Typically the cause is a weak battery, and you're exactly right, the battery has enough voltage to power the starter but not enough extra to provide strong spark.

Do you have a battery load tester? Multimeter?

And welcome to the forum.
 

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my money says your c.d.i. is bad, buy a oem c.d.i. from Honda..DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON A CHEAP PIECE OF JUNK FROM EBAY FROM CHINA !!!!!.
 

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Hey guys, thanks for the quick reply. The quad has a new battery and spark plug. I think it cranks fairly quickly but as I said it seems to start after I release the starter button. I think I will try a new CDI.

As old as this quad is it starts first pull with the pull starter. I did not buy it new, it was probably 5 years old but it has given me good service. I take it on quad runs in upstate NY and it is a workhorse around my yard.

I'll let you know how it works out.

Thanks, Bob F.
 

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Hey guys, thanks for the quick reply. The quad has a new battery and spark plug. I think it cranks fairly quickly but as I said it seems to start after I release the starter button. I think I will try a new CDI.

As old as this quad is it starts first pull with the pull starter. I did not buy it new, it was probably 5 years old but it has given me good service. I take it on quad runs in upstate NY and it is a workhorse around my yard.

I'll let you know how it works out.

Thanks, Bob F.
Be sure to buy OEM Be it new or used, The cheapies you see on eBay will cause you a lot of grief and possibly cost you more money.
Personally I’d buy a used OEM part, new or used, both do the same job.
 

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Sometimes the hot wire to the coil has too much resistance. Cranking lowers the voltage too much for a strong spark. In small engine applications I have seen this only a few times. Try to run an extra wire (two total) and see if it helps. Dirty connectors and weak grounds are possible too.
 

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Hey guys, thanks for the quick reply. The quad has a new battery and spark plug. I think it cranks fairly quickly but as I said it seems to start after I release the starter button. I think I will try a new CDI.

As old as this quad is it starts first pull with the pull starter. I did not buy it new, it was probably 5 years old but it has given me good service. I take it on quad runs in upstate NY and it is a workhorse around my yard.

I'll let you know how it works out.

Thanks, Bob F.
when they spark when you release the start button ?, i'd bet a dollar to a dime, its a bad c.d.i. !. buy oem from Honda !!!!!.
 
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