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Old 01-01-2005, 11:05 AM
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There was a guy I know who got new HPI Savage 21 for christmas. The problem is he can't start it. Can it be the weather? It's snow and about -2°C up to 2°C. Anyone?
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Old 01-01-2005, 02:36 PM
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if it is because of the cold weather try warming it up with a hair dryer. but some times the fatory setting are off for diffrent places because of diffrent climates. because i live in the uk i had to adjust the needle setting to get it to start.

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Old 01-01-2005, 03:40 PM
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Ok, thanks, I'll try that.
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Old 01-01-2005, 04:53 PM
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That's harsh weather for breaking in an engine. Wrap the head in aluminum foil or a sock to keep it from cooling too much. Keep an eye on your temps. Big blocks also have a lot of compression so it can be rough starting them the 1st few times.
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Anything else? It won't start[&:]
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Old 01-02-2005, 02:42 PM
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Default RE: Trouble with new Savage 21

It could be any one or a combination of things. Check these...

1. Reset needles to factory specs. That should get you close enough to start it as long as the engine is room temp or warmer.
2. Check the glow plug. It should burn a bright red.
3. Make sure your glo starter battery is good. It should be able to keep the plug bright red for an extended period. If it gets dull after 5 seconds or so it needs charged.
4. Make sure you're getting fuel into the engine. With a .21 you should have a primer button on the tank. Prime until fuel reaches the carb then you should hear fuel squirting into the carb on the next 2 pumps. Don't add more fuel after that.
5. Make sure the engine isn't flooded. If it is, remove the glo plug & washer, cover the head with a rag or paper towel, tip the truck away from you, then pull the cord until fuel stop coming out of the engine. Tip the truck to make sure any fuel in the pipe drains out. Don't prime it after you put the plug back in.
6. Use short quick pulls to start the engine. If it starts sounding bubbly then it's flooded.
7. If it keeps flooding then pinch the fuel line going into the carb. It can start off fuel inside the engine & carb. I did this with a T Maxx a few days ago that wouldn't quit flooding.

When I broke in my .21 it wouldn't even consider moving the truck until after the 1st two tanks. Even then it was very sluggish. I can't think of anything else to tell you unless you can give us more info on what it's doing. Good luck!
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Old 01-02-2005, 04:58 PM
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what % fuel are you using?
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Old 01-02-2005, 05:00 PM
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I've checked all of this, all batteries are charged, glow plug is fine, enough fuel is going to the engine but it won't start![:@]
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Old 01-02-2005, 05:17 PM
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are you one hundred percent positive the engine is getting enough fuel? is it getting too much fuel, try keeping a hairdryer on the engine until it starts.
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Default RE: Trouble with new Savage 21

even tho u think the glow plug is good try changing it..is it just hard to pull or it really wont start?is it also well primed?is it the stock engine?when i got mine i couldnt start it either but that was 2 years ago
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Old 01-02-2005, 10:11 PM
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Default RE: Trouble with new Savage 21

I was totally new to nitro engines when I got mine. So new I watched the line going from the tank to the pipe when I 1st primed it. I knew something was wrong when fuel started coming out of the air filter. lol

As long as it gets fuel, air, & a spark it should do something. Describe in detail what's going on. Does it try to start? Is any fuel coming out of the pipe? Do you hear any kind of popping noise when you pull the starter? Is the starter extremely easy / hard to pull? Are you using fresh 20% fuel? Is there a proper gap in the carb? Will the carb open & close? Are the needles seated?
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