124 Posts . Lastly, owners of 4-strokes should complete a Leak Down Test if a compression test indicates low compression. Worn valve seats, heavily developed pitting, carbon build up, cracked valves loose or worn valve guides as well as a number of related things also cause low compression symptoms the compression test cannot analyze. Anyways, if you experience low compression on all cylinders, check the timing. If you experience low compression on all cylinders, it may be caused by a faulty fitted camshaft timing belt or chain. farmer250r. If you do your regular maintenance, your 2 stroke carb jetting is tuned, and you run a proper pre-mix ratio, you could see up to 100+ hours of ride time before the compression starts to drop. An engine with low compression in one cylinder will present itself by having a misfire and running rough while no compression in all cylinders will cause the engine not to start. 11 Posts . I know the book calls for 108psi, but I'm not sure how low is too low and if what I'm describing could come from low compression. I had an extra cdi box laying around, tried it, didn't help. These are found between the crankshaft and camshaft. I did a compression test today and it only came up to 75psi. Vehicle engines are precision machinery; the movement of many parts must be synchronized carefully to make the engine perform properly. Moderators - please move this to wherever it should be, couldn't find engine or mechanical section. Discussion Starter • #1 • Jul 12, 2012. guys before i took apart my 400ex motor to replace the timing chain i had about 120psi of compression. ATV Riders Forum > Sport ATV Model Information > Honda TRX 450R ATV Information > no compression,but good piston and rings? Help!!!! ! There are many different low compression symptoms which will cause the engine to run abnormally. 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