I Feel A Little Foolish
21 April 2009

Have you ever spent hours and hours on a problem and just can't figure it out? And then after leaving it for a period of time the solution just strikes out of nowhere?

That just happened to me. I have a friend's motorcycle in the garage and was going to sell it except that I could only get it to run on two out of four cylinders. I took the carbs apart more than once. Inspected every little hose and passage. Checked for spark. Checked for fuel. I did everything I could think of and nothing worked. It really didn't make sense at all.

Then today, a year later, after raking the lawn, a thought popped into my head. "What if the two spark plug wires are reversed?" Sure enough, I switched the wires and all four cylinders fired up instantly.

I'm excited to have finally solved it but I also feel a little foolish.