In this post we are clubbing the more rampant issues of pulsar 220 together along with their probable resolutions.This post is dedicated to all bikers who own Bajaj Pulsar 220.
Issues found in Pulsar 220
1.Engine is very harsh and it is hard to change gears
If you feel your engine is very harsh and gears are hard,change to good quality semi synthetic or synthetic oils.This will reduce vibrations and will improve gear shift feel.
2.Bike doesn’t go over 120kmph
Every 220 can reach upto 140kmph easily.If your 220 cant go beyond 120,then get your bike tuned properly.Tuning makes the engine more healthier. Dont tune engine for best performance or mileage.Make an optimum balance b/w two.
3.Continuous tik tik sound from the engine and less performance
Ask the service men to tighten your bike’s tappets.
4.Bike returns a fuel efficiency of only 28kmpl
A healthy 220 will return mileage of 32-38kmpl.If you are getting lesser than that check if you are running rich on the air-fuel ratio (AFR) and set your AFR to the optimum position by altering the AFR screw on the carburetor.
5.Bike’s engine goes off while riding and comes to life upon restarting after a little while
This is an issue service center men fail to detect properly.If you have similar issue then just get your carburetor float needle free.Better if you overhaul your carburetor.
6.Steering feels heavy and unnatural
This is an issue with the cone set.Check the cone set and verify and change if it has become culprit.
7.Screeching sound from rear brakes
This is caused due to little faults with the stock rear KBX calipers.For solving it change your disc setup to Bybre’s and remember to change the complete setup with disc,disc pads, oil box, pipe and calipers.
8.Less stopping power for rear brakes
This case happens for most of 220’s.But when it is reported to bajaj people,they say that it is kept low for avoiding disc locking while hard braking.This problem can be reduced by changing disc setup to the latest Bybre’s(dont forget to change complete setup with disc,disc pads, oil box, pipe and calipers).
9. Nothing happens when the starter button is pushed multiple times.
It is not a problem.It is a safety feature of bike.After 3 back to back cranks, it disengages.It is for saving your battery and starter motor. Before giving each recrank give proper time.
10. Bad ‘khrr khrr’ sound as if some electricals are misbehaving
Check the source of sound.It will be probably from starter motor.If its from starter motor, get the starter motor changed.
11.Oil leak from gearbox
In some 220’s we can see oil drops on the ground and on the frame just below the gearbox.This oil leak is caused from the Neutral Switch not from the gear box.It is caused due to inappropriate sized small round rubber sealing in the neutral switch.If there is oil leak, take the stock small rubber ring out and install a fatter appropriate sized one.
And if you still sees oil drops and if your neutral switch is running dry there is one more opening for the oil after removing the crankcase.Check whether the sealing is tightly fixed.Before checking the stock rubbers,make sure that the oil you see is engine oil.In most of the cases,the oil you see will be chain lube or chain spray that gets spilled onto it.
12.Oil leaks from the block or cylinder head
This issue is reported by many owners who use high quality synthetic oils like Motul 300V. It is an unresolved issue from Bajaj.This problem can be reduced by installing a better gas kit along with a sealant to prevent the leakage.The leakage cant be completely resolved but this will reduce the leakage.This method is not recommended as it would unnecessarily require your cylinder’s opening up.
13.Bike wobbles at high speeds
- Check the bike’s alignment
- Check wether Cone set is culprit
- Check that rims are not bent and tires have adequate treads and pressure.
14.Bike doesn’t start on mornings
220 comes with an auto choke system.When engine is cold, temperature sensor sends signals of activation to activate auto choke.So in cold mornings this auto choke helps bike getting started.If your bike doesn’t start on mornings,check whether temperature sensor or auto choke is malfunctioning.