Can you assist me in troubleshooting my scooter problem?

by Jovan
(Sacramento, CA, US)

I currently have an EagleCraft Verano scooter (2008). I'm having a problem with losing power while I am accelerating at various speeds, which is dangerous.

I've taken it to the scooter repair shop two times and the mechanic tells me it runs fine, but it doesn't. My guess is that it's an air filter or gas is somehow not feeding through fast enough?

Could you please assist me with this if you can? THANK YOU

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Jul 14, 2010
Losing power
by: Anonymous

I too had a problem with losing power while accelerating. Ran fine low end, but would bog out and die while at cruising speed of 30mph. Was told to clean/check carburetor and fuel and air lines. Everything was fine on that end, and still had the problem.

Read this site about the valves, and decided to check the valves. Found a youtube video showing how to adjust the valves and did it. They were too tight - got the spacing right (0.05mm) and now it runs like a dream! I know my scooter pretty well now, and can disassemble and reassemble it with no problem!

Jun 18, 2010
by: Jim Zeiser

I second what SC said. Time to check your valve clearances. Also make sure your exhaust system isn't damaged. I've had problems with clogged pipes and they sounded like this. But valves first.

Jun 18, 2010
loosing power
by: scooterchick

Well, true, it is dangerous.
First of all, if this scooter is still under warranty, I would try to shake the dealer up real good about it. Let them know you feel unsafe riding it.
Is the problem intermittent? Ask the mechanic to go for a nice long test ride.
If the scooter has more than a few hundred miles on it, and the valves have never been adjusted, they may be tightening too much as the engine warms, causing the engine to run too hot, which causes power loss. (I assume this is a 4 stroke engine)
Also check to make sure that the cooling fan is working properly, that someone hasn't left a rag in there (I've SEEN this happen). It's on the right side of most engines, in a round housing just forward of the wheel and near the muffler.
Stay after your dealer, and your mechanic. I KNOW they do not want to be held responsible for an accident. And document everything, and keep records!
I hope this helps.

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