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post #1 of 12 Old 10-13-2018, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Cold / Hard Starting advice needed

Since we are getting into cold weather, I've noticed my KQ 700 ('05) wants to be a bit reluctant to start.

This will be my first winter with one, . . . and I wanted to know for sure if there were any tips / tricks / hacks I could do that would do two things: make it start reliably, . . . and not hurt the engine.

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-13-2018, 09:41 PM
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Cold / Hard Starting advice needed

Since your Atv is carbureted, itíll most likely be cold blooded to get going. Like my 300, patience is all you can do. In cold temps I normally choke it first (Enrichner). Iíll choke it about 3/4 full first, start the engine, then adjust it as I go till is starts idling slightly rough, then back the choke off fully and apply slight throttle till itíll idle in itís own. I then normally leave it idle about 5 minutes before I start riding. So again, the carbureted engines on these atvís require patience when cold. Itís just the nature of the beast. So speeding or expediting the warm up procedure really isnít much of an option.


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Actually mine has electronic fuel injection, . . . so there is no choke, . . . at least none I could find.

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Definitely EFI...even says so on the sticker on the side

The KQ (I've got an 05) is very sensitive to battery health and clean connections at the battery...

also the trick (technique) for starting the EFI KQ in cold weather is simple... turn the key to run (don't start it)... let the fuel pump run the pressure up till you hear the pump stop (buzz from fuel tank).. then turn key .....off then..... on immediately.... let the pump run again (it runs every time you cycle the key) when the pump stops buzzing hit start... works for me at a zillion below.

I learned this years ago from another KQ owner here in frozen Canukistan
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Canukistan Ha! Ha! Love the joke and thanks for the tip.

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Definitely EFI...even says so on the sticker on the side

The KQ (I've got an 05) is very sensitive to battery health and clean connections at the battery...

also the trick (technique) for starting the EFI KQ in cold weather is simple... turn the key to run (don't start it)... let the fuel pump run the pressure up till you hear the pump stop (buzz from fuel tank).. then turn key .....off then..... on immediately.... let the pump run again (it runs every time you cycle the key) when the pump stops buzzing hit start... works for me at a zillion below.

I learned this years ago from another KQ owner here in frozen Canukistan
Well I guess part websites are inaccurate regarding these bikes. Cause they list them as carbureted when I search the parts fiches. So I donít know.


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Definitely EFI...even says so on the sticker on the side

The KQ (I've got an 05) is very sensitive to battery health and clean connections at the battery...

also the trick (technique) for starting the EFI KQ in cold weather is simple... turn the key to run (don't start it)... let the fuel pump run the pressure up till you hear the pump stop (buzz from fuel tank).. then turn key .....off then..... on immediately.... let the pump run again (it runs every time you cycle the key) when the pump stops buzzing hit start... works for me at a zillion below.

I learned this years ago from another KQ owner here in frozen Canukistan
I'm well up on the battery thing, . . . learned that earlier this year, . . . so I keep an eye on that.

But the trick with the key I had not thought of, . . . thank you, my friend. We plan to use it for snow removal at our church, . . . and waiting for spring and it to start might not get the job done.

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I'm happy to help when I can..I've had my 05 KQ since 05 and now have 14000 almost trouible free km on it... I changed the belt last week just cause I got a smoking deal from a parts place in Edmonton... almost new belt on FleaBay for $40 (OEM)... I was happy to pay it...

I plow a lot with mine and have a 60" Moose County plow... its plowed about 4000 or more km of roads here and I've been really hard on it...fortunately I can weld and have saved the frame several times by welding the seems back together... the plow is awesome but I've done waaaaaaaay more with it than the Moose people thought any homeowner would do...

also BIG HELP when plowing is CHAINS on all four corners... and crazily enuf...chains work best on worn out tires...otherwise the chains get lost in the deep grooves of newish tires...on a worn out tire (my originals) they ride on the surface and grip excellent... be careful to keep the chains TIGHT... other wise when you get going 30-or more kmph they expand and beat up the frame and plastic... the trick is to deflate the tire...put them on as tight as possible and then re-inflate the tire...like a balloon it strains against the chains..I run 15 psi in the winter and the chains are tight and don't move...

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I've got the chains on...next is the plow
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I'm well up on the battery thing, . . . learned that earlier this year, . . . so I keep an eye on that.

But the trick with the key I had not thought of, . . . thank you, my friend. We plan to use it for snow removal at our church, . . . and waiting for spring and it to start might not get the job done.

May God bless,
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Speaking of the battery and I'm sure you already know, but I also learned years ago that keeping a battery maintainer hooked up have been a longer life of my ATV batteries. One in particular I remember was I bought a new 2001 Honda Rancher in the fall of 2000 and kept a Battery Tender jr maintainer on it while not in use and that original oem battery lasted 9 years, I think I got lucky on that one.

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