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81 yamaha xt500 stalling

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Old 08-03-2012   #1
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Hi Guys,
My 81 XT 500 seems to start and run pretty well - However, a few times in the last 300 miles It has suddenly stopped running, and then is very hard to start again. After a half hour or more - it will finally start again and seems to run fine after that.
Any ideas?
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MB
Lake Wenatchee - WA
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What are you losing?,spark? Put a spark tester between your plug wire and spark plug,then go for a ride and see what happens. Could be a coil,bad plug cdi unit etc,try to narrow it down. If you still have a good spark make sure the gas cap vent is working,you can loosen off the cap and see if the engine comes back to life!

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Check coil specs. If the coil checks ok, borrow your womans hair dryer and heat the coil for a few minutes with your meter hooked up. Will go out of specs if the coil is opening up on the inside.
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Is the fuel tank vent clear? It's a hose, if it's plugged this might be the cause the issue.
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