Can you help me with my gas loss problem after my scooter was knocked over by the Joplin tornado?

by Shane Miner
(Joplin, Missouri, USA)

I own a 2010 VIP Future Champion 49cc scooter. It got knocked over in the May 22, 2011 tornado that struck Joplin MO, and got full of debris. It still starts/runs, but it has gone from needing to be filled up once every 2.5-3 weeks to needing filled up every couple of days.

I haven't been able to find any leaks, and one mechanic said something about the carburetor and maybe a float. Is there any repair manuals for this scooter or anything else I can do?

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Aug 31, 2011
shootin spitballs...
by: Benny

Remember those Fruit-Loop cereal comercials? The ones where they had that silly looking bird telling you to "follow your nose!" Turns out his advice is where I would start in your situation. Yes, your best tool to decide weather you have a gas leak is to use the Ol' sniffer. As the mechanic told you, the float inside your carb could be stuck on open, but if that was the case you would have gas leaking and rough running if you could start it at all. Smell around your bike, get in close and take a big whiff, chances are; if you have a gas leak, you will be able to determine where its at by smell. Also, if your bike was tipped over, the sensor inside your gas tank that runs your gas gauge, might be hung up inside the tank. Shootin spitballs in the dark, yanno?

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