Any ideas why my Tao Tao scooter 50cc died while riding 30 MPH?

by Gary
(Indianapolis, IN)

My Tao Tao 50cc scooter quit while I was riding 30 MPH on a city street. It gave no warning , I changed the fuel filter but it only ran for a few seconds and died again. Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks!

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Jul 21, 2015
CABLE NEW
by: Anonymous

CHECK THAT THE THROTTLE CABLE DID NOT BREAK. THAT WAS MY PROBLEM.

Jul 21, 2015
CABLE NEW
by: Anonymous

CHECK THAT THE THROTTLE CABLE DID NOT BREAK. THAT WAS MY PROBLEM.

Nov 28, 2011
maybe its
by: Anonymous

maybe its the air box try disconnecting it from the car and starting it if it runs fine id recommend purchasing an after market airfilter

Oct 30, 2011
I think i know what's going on.
by: Cody Chitwood

I work a scooter store and we've been having a little bit of a problem with these Tao Tao's. What we've been finding out is the head gaskets are almost as slim as aluminum foil. You might think it would add compression. Well yes it does, but they don't hold up and they begin to leak air and the air (compression) is leaking out and usually going back into the crankcase through the timing belt slot. If i was you, I'd hope for the best and completely clean out the carb, but if that doesn't help then take the oil gauge out of the crankcase and try to start it. It should spit out a little oil, but if it starts to literally puke into the floor then that's an obvious sign that the compression is going into the crankcase and you should take it apart and look over everything. If it isn't puking go ahead and change out the head gasket to avoid issues or if you don't have very much money go to your local auto parts store and buy a gasket sealant. I use one that comes in a gray tube when i have to, but i forgot what its name brand is. I hope this helps.

Aug 31, 2011
Bad Gas
by: Jim Zeiser

I'll bet it happened right after you filled up the scooter. It sounds like a carburetor cleaning and Seafoam in the tank are in order.

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