Originally Posted by mrdmevans
I am not mechanically inclined, so hopefully you can help me..
I just bought a 1996 Honda Shadow ACE from the local dealer. Being Winter I didnt take it on a test ride. Well the dealer swore to me, that it runs great just a LITTLE cold natured.
This thing is extremely hard to start, once it does it runs fine. But man getting it started is like pulling teeth.
What should I check and or do? Any suggestions?
I wasted my time typing out a real long, detailed post, hit submit, and it went into the WWW black hole. So, this is the short, non-detailed version.
Things I've checked, or had checked in no order.
Battery- I've decided to buy a new one once a year.
Stator- Had mine replaced.
R/R- Mine was fine.
Wires and connections- Unplug, clean and grease EVERY one.
Ground Wire- Same as above.
Kill Switch- Same as above.
ALL cables- Lube or replace.
Gas- Make sure it's good.
Oil- Consider Rotella T 10w50 Synthetic
Plugs/Wires- Check, or replace with hotter plugs.
Check Fuel Enrichment Valves- Set or replace choke cable.
Side Stand- Clean and grease sensor.
Carbs- Sync or adjust.
Air Filter- Clean or replace.
It might be one of these, or a combination of all of it. As I said, I did all of the above, and have no clue what REALLY made the biggest difference. If you do all this, and still won't start, you bought a summer time motorcycle.