How can I tell if my starter switch is bad

by Ernest
(Doraville, Ga.)



Here's the long and short of it all, I own a Chinese 150cc scooter; this past week, I had to ride to the bank in the rain, no problem there, later that same day, I went to the dry cleaners tried to start as normal with start switch, nothing... as if my battery were dead, although horn and turn signals working fine.

Strangely, I noticed a clicking sound like that of turn signal being on but not when key is turned on. Never noticed this before, I tried to kickstart; however my kickstart has always not been working the greatest.

In the past when I needed to use it, I somewhat figured a way to help, I'd just hit starter switch to rev kick, worked fine, I don't know or think it was a good idea but it worked at that time period dealing with some other issues.

Here's were my confusion comes in... the next day after getting it home and sitting over night, the next morning I was able to kickstart, but switch still not working, clicking sound still there until I let it run a few minutes, it stopped and haven't heard since.

Ok still the problem, switch not working, I was told of possible battery failure being a year old, I'd go for that; only thing is I plan to have the battery checked, but what about that switch...

Please help... I financially try to do any and everything I can myself if possible, Dealers seem to take advantage of us scooter lovers if you don't have a bit of know how, even then some things are just back out of our hands unfortunately... but I do what I can... again please Help Thanks Ernest

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Dec 10, 2009
Chalk it up to The Left
by: Ernest

Well to solve the mystery question regarding the starter switch, I will say first of all Thanks for responses, I must say it's been another learning experience, each event something new acquired.

OK here it is... Upon having the battery checked which was fine, I decided to buy a switch almost as much being convinced, today performed a whole task of removing old and replacing to find the same problem with new switch, but I was told another helpful piece of advice in the clinch, that I would be able to start with screwdriver touching sylinoid switch, Great!! at least operational, which allowed me to stop by local shop, again given very helpful info.

Here's the kicker, but at least all's well end's well, I'm a lefty I've always started my scooter with the left brake. I was showed and told of some pin that was out, starts with the right just fine, Imagine that, I am very thankful for any assistance I've received along this 1yr 11,522 mls celebrating... and learning along the way scooters are worth it.

Dec 08, 2009
Check Connections
by: Jim Zeiser

The answer lies in the rain riding. Something got wet and didn't dry out-yet. You have to take off the plastic panels and check out all the connections for the starter circuit. I had a loose connection at the starter solenoid that needed tightening.

Many people in Scootdawg put Dielectric grease in their connections to keep these things from happening. Yes, check your charging circuit to see if you're getting better than 13.5 volts at the battery when it's running. Also make sure all your electrical connections are dry and tight.

Dec 07, 2009
Starter Switch
by: Anonymous

Do you have a VOM.
If you do measure the voltage on the sstarter when
the start switched pushed to start position. Should be battery voltage but will drop oince the starter is engaged.

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