Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – February 11, 2022

John Talley is back for another edition of Partzilla Live Q&A, answering your motorcycle and ATV repair questions.

Honda ATV repair questions once again dominated another session. Check out some excerpts from Partzilla’s latest live Q&A session below, and tune into our YouTube and Facebook channels every Friday at 3pm Eastern for the next edition. 

Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley 02-11-22

Partzilla Live Q&A Highlights – Honda ATV Repair

I have an 03 Honda 400EX that sat for a while and now I can’t pull the clutch handle in. What could it be?

John Talley: Probably just a frozen clutch cable. Typically it’s not going to freeze up down in the engine just sitting still, but corrosion gets in that cable and you’re not going to bust it loose. Sounds like a frozen or rusty clutch cable. 

I have a 2001 Honda Rancher 350. Why would my airbox have oil sitting on the bottom it? 

John Talley: Mainly because there is a crankcase on almost all engines and yours may be starting to get a little lower on compression, and it’s getting a lot of blow-by. And when that goes down into the crankcase, it builds up pressure, and of course it relieves that pressure and with a rubber line that goes up to the air box. Well, along with that spent combustion, if you will, that goes down into the crankcase, it also may pick up a little bit of oil on the way in a mist form and just spit it into the airbox. So that’s more than likely where it’s coming from. Or if you rolled it over by chance, of course that rubber line is going to take a big gulp of that air and oil and then dump it into the airbox if you flipped it on its wheels. But yeah, that’s where it’s coming from, your engine cases.

I turned on my 2018 Honda ATV and it makes this ticking noise, and the screen flashes but nothing happens when I push the start button. What might be the issue? 

John Talley: I’d say there’s a 99 percent chance that you have a battery issue. She’s coming up on four years old and it sounds to me like that battery may be giving up. But before you do that, at least do a static test after you’ve charged it up, and then if you’ve got a battery tester, go ahead and use it, because I’ve seen them do what you’re describing with just with corrosion on the terminals. If it doesn’t have a really good connection between the battery terminals and the wire ends or the terminal itself, it won’t send the necessary amperage through. So it’s either going to be the battery connections or the battery itself. One or the other. 

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