How can we address our electrical problems with a Sunny scooter?
(Saint Joseph, MO)
My girlfriend got a Sunny 50QT-6A scooter, so she could have something to drive that was cheap on gas. The first week we got it, we noticed the left handle was woefully attached, and you could rotate it around the actual handle (rotate the brake assembly and mirror mount).
It was all right, but after that first day, that rotation started to short out the headlight and speedometer lights. Still tolerable, just fairly difficult to make sure the handle didn't rotate and shut off the lights.
Then, she fell a bit on it. It was at a stop, but it just kinda toppled and knocked the front left blinker out and off, cracked the left mirror, but other than that, nothing serious (I guess the engine shut off switch got mangled a bit, but after fixing it a bit, seems fine).
She was then afraid to drive it for quite some time, and I unthinkingly didn't go out and start it every once in awhile. When it came time to, it obviously wouldn't start, until after some seriously concerted effort, I got it running without anything special.
Now though, when exiting our rather steep driveway onto the road (I'd say maybe 40' angle to a 35' downhill) it dies after exiting the driveway. No big deal, as it usually just starts right back up. Still new though, and it does die when on steep hills unless you rev a bit, like at a light, etc.
Biggest issue is that the handle, after she fell, got even more loose. Was still drivable, but the light just refuses to stay on sometimes. JUST now, however, I tried to pull it out of the driveway, the headlights and speedo got exceptionally bright, then went out. Thought it'd just blew the bulbs, but after pulling back in and fiddling, the speedo came right back on.
The headlight however didn't. I figured the bulb was burnt, but then found that the light STILL WORKS when set to highbeams. Then, after deciding the trip could be made with brights on without too much trouble, she left, and came home not 30 seconds later.
The lights had gone out for good, and now I can't get them on at all. The turn signals and all other lights work, but the speedo and headlight won't, no matter how hard I try. I'm not familiar with rewiring anything, so I don't even know where to start.
I tried to search both Google and here, but I could barely find anything on this model of scooter, let alone this specific problem. If someone could at least point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful.
A battery tender like the Battery Tender Jr. can make all the difference in whether your scooter will start right up each spring, after being stored for months.
Just about every scooter owner needs to have a battery tender, sometimes called a trickle charger. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a climate where you can ride all year long, chances are your scooter will be put on ice, figuratively-speaking, for at least a couple months every winter.
One of the key steps in winterizing a scooter is to protect your battery from draining during its "rest" period. This can – and will – happen if you leave your battery sitting untended in your cold scooter over the winter, even if it's in a garage or shed.