Originally Posted by juneau kid
I need clarification on the correct positions for the levers too start. My understanding is when the front lever(near the water
pump) is. pushed forward towards the center of the engine, and the rear
lever is also pushed forward towards the center of the engine this is the compression
scenario. However my front lever feels likke its not hooked up. I can feel no resistance or click. Also when I hand crank it immediately pops back to the other setting. The rear lever has a distinct feel with changing it and stays in place. Is all this. normal? And yeah the engine wont run.
Welcome aboard CF, juneau kid.
Unless hand starting (with the crank handle), both levers should be left pushed aft. This is the normal position (i.e. compression).
If both levers are pushed towards the front of the engine, each cylinder is decompressed and it becomes possible to turn the engine over using the hand crank.
If you wish to start the engine with the hand crank, decompress both cylinders (i.e. moving both levers towards the front). They should stay in this position as you crank the engine over by hand. When you have it turning fast enough, have someone move one of the levers aft (i.e. compression position) while continuing to crank the engine. When it fires, move the other lever back to compression so both cylinders will fire.
It isn't easy, it takes a certain knack.
I assume the engine starts and runs OK when using the electric
. If not, fix that first before attempting to learn how to hand crank.