Honda TRX 500 FM
2 weeks ago the solenoid started to click and it wouldn't start on the button sometimes. Last week, it stopped starting on the button altogether. However, it was starting every time on the pull cord - really very easy to start with the cord - even on cold mornings.
Yesterday I was out moving cattle. Went up and down a lot of hilly ground and was weaving over and back behind the cattle to keep them moving. I wasn't too hard on it. The ground was wet, but I went through no puddles or water. Anyway, the quad cut out. It was very hard started with the cord and if I moved it up into second gear it cut out again. Finally got half way home in first gear, it was losing power all the time and it cut out altogether and would not start again. Towed it home.
It started yesterday evening, but I had to keep a finger on the throttle to keep it from dying. It started today as well, but I had to keep the choke open about 1/4 way to keep it running.
Have a neighbour who is a mechanic, he's going to look at it for me this evening. Any hints or tips as to what he should look for?
Could it be an electrical problem and be linked to the quad not starting with the button or is it more likely something else mechanical?
Any suggestions appreciated.