Is there a low or no oil kill switch?

by MItch
(Ft Myers, Florida)

My scooter ran low on oil and died (after I changed the oil 800 miles earlier). Does anyone know if there is a "kill switch" that engages when oil is low beyond limits? It's a Chinese 2008 Bashan 150 cc moped

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Aug 31, 2011
Check & Change
by: Loosegrit

Check & Change scooter oil. I do not believe this can be over done.

Aug 16, 2011
I don't think so?
by: John

I'm sorry to say, but your scooter has probably had it. Lower end Chinese scooters are not very forgiving when it comes to low oil or dirty oil. Not to scold you, but I personally would change the oil every 500-600 miles in ANY gy6 engine, even the highest quality ones, like Kymco and SYM.

I own an Eton Sport 50 with a gy6 engine and the owners manual clearly says the first 300km (186mi) and then 1000km (621mi) thereafter... anyways, I am not aware of any low/no oil kill switch in these types of scooters (guys, ring in if you know different).

If you are handy, you could buy an entire new engine assembly for $300-500 and install it yourself. This would be worth it provided your scoot IMO had less than 3000 miles on it. If you have to pay someone to put in a new engine, forget it, just buy a new cheaper scoot or a used Honda/Yamaha or the like.

The only scoots that might possibly have a low oil kill switch MIGHT be 2 stroke oil injected bikes like a Zuma 50 (I would bet they just have a low oil dash light though). The only small engines I know for sure that have an low oil shutdown would be HONDA utility engines such as GX160 or GX200 commonly used on go carts, mini bikes, log splitters, etc. Good Luck.

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