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I have a 1998 Pampera that has been stalling out if I go through water. Even going through only a foot or so, if it splashes any water at all stalls it. I noticed that somtimes the bike would start again if I engaged the choke, but after one water crossing I had to wait 45 minutes before I could start it. I even installed another spark plug, but it wouldn't start right away. I have been having a debate with a friend who says it's the carburetor sucking in water. However Jim Snell said it most probably was a wet spark plug cap. The times it has stalled, there was hardly enough water to splash up as high as the spark plug, neither did the carburetor seem to get especially wet. What's your judgement on what's happening?



I think you're in luck as I just finished a similar question. Try checking the rear of the air box area. I think there's possibly a flap near the end of the fender that is supposed to keep water from entering the airbox. I'm not totally familiar with the Pamperas but if your bike comes equipped with one, there is a good chance that it is missing or broken. It wouldn't take much of a water crossing as the tire would pick water up and fling it up under the fender and into the airbox, waterfouling the sparkplug. Check around that area to make sure and seal up any holes or spots that would allow water to come in and enter the airbox. Let me know if this helps.


Professional tuner and 'Trials Competition' writer Jon Stoodley has very kindly stepped up to the plate to answer your questions. If you're having problems, or need some advice just send an email to Jon. If it's something that could be useful to others, we'll post it on the site.
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