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I have a 1978 Suzuki GT250 air cooled. It starts first kick,

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I have a 1978 Suzuki GT250 air cooled. It starts first kick, I let it warm up, then set off for a ride, its sluggish up to the power band then it fly's, but approx. 3miles down the road it cuts out, and won't start until its cooled down approx. 20mins later.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Matt replied 4 months ago.

Hello

This could be an airleak after the carb, any air dragged in here isn't 'seen' by the system and so not compensated for and can lean the engine out causing rough running or cutting out

As its a mechanical fault you can sometimes hear a 'hissing' noise with the engine running.

Check the hose clips for tightness and inspect the trunking for any cracks or splits and also all the vacuum system, the small bore pipes and fittings for cracks and missing parts.

The best way to locate a leak is to have the engine running and warm and then spray lighter gas /propane around each joint in turn. If the engine rev's up you've found your leak.

Now you might think that spraying lighter gas around a hot engine isn’t wise, however the flash /ignition point of gas is about 400°C so you need a naked flame or spark to set it off and I’ve used this method for many years without incident.

Work your way through each possible joint one at a time and you should find it. I use a slightly flattened piece of brake pipe and some rubber hose from the can of lighter gas to provide a spraying 'wand' and allow a direct blast of gas into each area, especially those difficult to reach with large implements.

Air leaks are very temperature dependent as gaps can open or close up as things expand with heat, so the weather and engine temperature can effect them.

This leads them to be quite intermittent in the case of mild leaks

Expert:  Matt replied 4 months ago.

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