Can I Get Some Help on How to Start My Scooter?

by Wilbert
(Tobaccoville, NC, USA)

I have a problem starting my gas scooter each day this is a new scooter had 6 miles on it when I picked it up I have followed instruction on starting it I give the throttle a few pulls and then hit the electric starter then repeat this up to 4 times allow to sit then repeat is there something wrong I am doing

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Aug 01, 2009
by: Jim Zeiser

I could go into the length and breadth of carburetor operation but it would take up a lot of space. I stand by my statement. Scooter carbs don't have accelerator pumps and operate under the principal of engine vacuum pulling the slide up and down based on pressure above a diaphragm over the throttle slide. When you twist the throttle all you do is open and close a butterfly between the engine and the carburetor. If your scooter starts without any throttle when hot, then your idle circuit is set well enough to get it running without opening the butterfly. But theortically you shouldn't need to open the throttle when it's cold either. There's nothing happening when you do.

Jul 29, 2009
Au Contraire...
by: Ron Goldwyn

This past winter here in CT was the first time I used my 50cc scooter in cold weather and even now in summer I still do the following.

I give my throttle two full twists and then hit the electric start button. If my engine has run a while and then I go to restart, I do not have to do the twisting. This seems to conflict with what you say to do.

Jul 24, 2009
Starting Your Scoot
by: Jim Zeiser

First, pulling on the throttle is useless, scooters don't have accelerator pumps to squirt in gas. Second, the correct procedure is; turn on the key, wait five seconds,pull in the left brake, DON'T TURN THE THROTTLE, hit the starter button. This should start the scooter when it's cold. The only time you give it throttle is when it's warm. That's because it has an enrichener circuit that shuts down after about 15 to 20 seconds after it starts when cold and is off when the scooter is hot from running.

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