Can anyone tell me why my dad's scooter won't start?

by Katie

My dad bought a brand new scooter and laid it on its side in his garage. Now it won't start. He said maybe it could be something with the carburetor?

What could the problem be and how much do you think it would cost to fix it?

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Oct 06, 2016
Start NEW
by: Anonymous

Did it start?

Sep 17, 2010
by: Matt D

If your dad laid it on its side, most likely it's flooded with gas, so you just have to keep trying to start it without hitting the throttle until it burns up the gas.

And if he laid it on its side, it probably didn't work before that, so you might have some trouble if you're not mechanically inclined.

Sep 13, 2010
Dad's scoot won't start
by: Anonymous

When the scooter fell, especially if it fell on its left side, the charcoal vapor valve may have been saturated with gas. Try taking the gas cap off and start it.

Sep 05, 2010
Spark Plug
by: Jim Zeiser

When you laid it on its side oil leaked up past the rings and fouled the spark plug. Change the plug and the oil and you should be fine.

Sep 04, 2010
Gas leaked into the oil...
by: Anonymous

When he laid it on its side gas leaked into the oil.
Have the oil changed and do not try to start the engine.

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