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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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3010 must be choked to start

Just purchased a used 07 3010. I have to choke it every time to start the engine, unless it is still warm. If I wait ten or fifteen minutes to start again, I have to choke it but it cranks right up. It was 80 degrees this past weekend and i still have to choke it. Is this normal? I've only owned a honda four wheeler in the past and it only needs choking if it is near freezing outside. I just want to know if this is normal or not. Thanks
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 10:19 PM
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Re: 3010 must be choked to start

It is pretty much normal to have to use the choke below 60 degrees F, so I suspect you also have some gum build-up in the primary/pilot fuel circuit. Add a bottle of SeaFoam to the fuel tank and run it through. The starting should get a bit easier after the carburetor is clean.

It is part of living with EPA requirements and a carburetor. It can be fixed, but requires the pilot jets to be resized to a larger size.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 11:24 PM
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Re: 3010 must be choked to start

I have a 2001 3010 and I have to choke it unless it has only been sitting for a few minutes, doesn't seem to matter if it's a 100 or 30 degrees. I have just recently enlarged the pilot jets, best thing I have ever done to the mule. (Thanks to RCW) but I still have to choke it if it sits for a length of time. No big deal though it starts right up.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-24-2010, 12:10 AM
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Re: 3010 must be choked to start

Ditto for my '05 3010. It does not make any difference on the ambient temp, it always needs to be choked on the first startup, or after 1 hr of sitting, but runs fine after that.

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Re: 3010 must be choked to start

I can't tell 'cause the warmest it's been for the past for months was 31 degrees! And I had to chain up to get up a hill because of ice rain!
I've just noticed that they tend to need a bit of richness to start the first time in a few hours.
By the way. make sure that you zip tie some of those brake lines out of the way.$)
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2010, 05:16 AM
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Re: 3010 must be choked to start

if you're in a state that uses ethenol blend in their gas you may want to try using Stablizer for ethenol mixes. It's blue and is for marine use but here in NY I use it in everything and it seems to do the trick. Also I concur with RCW that the Sea Foam additive works great also.
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