Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual: Cylinder Compression Measurement

Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual / Engine Top End / Cylinder Head / Cylinder Compression Measurement


Use the battery which is fully charged.

Special Tools - Compression Gauge, 20 kgf/cm²: 57001-221 Compression Gauge Adapter, M10 × 1.0: 57001-1601 L-Shape Hose [C]: 57001-1606

Cylinder Compression Measurement

Cylinder Compression Usable Range: 1 099 1 668 kPa (11.2
17.0 kgf/cm²,
159 242 psi) at 320 r/min (rpm)

The following table should be consulted if the obtainable compression reading is not within the usable range.

Problem Diagnosis Remedy (Action)
Cylinder compression is higher than usable range Carbon accumulation on piston and in combustion chamber possibly due to damaged valve stem oil seal and/or damaged piston oil rings (This may be indicated by white exhaust smoke). Remove the carbon deposits and replace damaged parts if necessary.
Incorrect cylinder head gasket thickness Replace the gasket with a standard part.
Cylinder compression is lower than usable range Gas leakage around cylinder head Replace damaged gasket and check cylinder head warp
Bad condition of valve seating Repair if necessary.
Incorrect valve clearance Adjust the valve clearance.
Incorrect piston/cylinder clearance Replace the piston and/or cylinder.
Piston seizure Inspect the cylinder and replace/repair the cylinder and/or piston as necessary.
Bad condition of piston ring and/or piston ring grooves Replace the piston and/or the piston rings.
Cylinder Head

Cylinder Head Removal
Remove: Thermostat Housing (see Thermostat Removal in the Cooling System chapter) Exhaust Pipe (see Exhaust Pipe Removal) Camshafts (see Camshaft Removal) Heat Insulation Plate [A] (see E ...

Other materials:

Balance Inspection
Remove the front and rear wheels (see Front/Rear Wheel Removal). Support the wheel so that it can be spun freely. Spin the wheel lightly, and mark [A] the wheel at the top when the wheel stops. Repeat this procedure several times. If the wheel stops of its own accord in various positi ...

Exploded View
EO: Apply engine oil. G: Apply grease. L: Apply a non-permanent locking agent. Lh: Left-hand Threads MO: Apply molybdenum disulfide oil solution. (mixture of the engine oil and molybdenum disulfide grease in a weight ratio 10:1) R: Replacement Parts S: Follow the specified t ...

External Shift Mechanism Removal
Remove: Shift Lever (see Shift Pedal Removal) Oil Pump Drive Gear (see Oil Pump Drive Gear Removal/ Installation in the Engine Lubrication System chapter) Circlip [A] Washer [B] Special Tool - Outside Circlip Pliers: 57001-144 Remove: Shift Shaft Assembly [A] Washer [B] ...