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Old 08 June 2009, 15:06   #1
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Yam 40 ss 2000 weak spark

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I bought a yam 40 from a wonderful seller on ebay, turns out I paid over the odds for a dog.

The engine ran twice, and after that fails to start, there is a spark but have been told by a mechanic that the spark is weak, all 3 sparks are weak, he changed ht leads and plug with no change.

Without charging me he said it was likely the cdi unit, any bright ideas, already out of pocket and cannot afford the 300 for a new cdi.

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Old 08 June 2009, 15:26   #2
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Not sure what else you can do. The Yamaha 40 CDi ignition unit isn't cheap, even second-hand. If the mechanic is fairly sure that's the cause of the fault - then what choice do you have.
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Old 09 June 2009, 04:28   #3
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Just wanted to post a bit more info:

When the engine arrived in autumn it came without the 10pin ignition loom so i could not start it up, but was told it was running fine and was oiled so okay for winter. It looked stunning under the hood and was a very tidy model)

In the spring I got the 10pin ignition and after some trouble (the fuel cut off was turned off) got it started and running out of the water.

It seemed that at low revs and tickover it sounded very rough, but at high revs ran lovely.

After 2 uses it stalled and would not start again, tried a new battery, changed fuel, checked sparks and checked fuel, all were present but still no firing.

Took it to the mechanic who said the thing about the weak spark.
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Would also be worth checking HT leads.
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Old 09 June 2009, 12:52   #5
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Sorry to sound stupid you said 40 ss is that 2 stroke or 4 stroke and what did you pay.You havent mentioned the seller only interested as i also got sticked up down that way.Bodmin .I also may know or be able to help as far as a part is conserned but need more info .regards Peter
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know anyone with the same motor so you can swap parts and diagnose that way?
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gotta be worth new plugs aswell....
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cdi's don't die like that for the most part, they will miss, and or just drop dead. check all grounds, there are ways to test it, or the other way which is NEW PARTS TILL IT STARTS which is just guesswork. get a service manual, be the best coins ever spent.
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i agree with fast fred 100% . has the technician put a proper spark gap tester onto the HT LEADS . I have had loads of Yamaha engines with a weak spark or WE think its a weak spark but its actually normal . the spark gap tester will tell you the answer here , if its a continous jump against the ground on the tester then i can be 100% that its OK . If you had a weak spark the engine will still want to fire and want too run . QUICK TEST HERE . Get the engine running and push the choke in / if the engine picks up @ idle and sounds better we have a fuel problem here . chow baz
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