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When you ride a scooter, of course you want it to start up just fine, keep running, and then stop on demand. Otherwise, it's no fun... and it's certainly not safe. But things happen, and sooner or later, you might experience a problem in one of these areas. But if something does happen and you don't know how to handle it, then that's what we're here for... just ask!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Scooter Starting Issues

Question: Why won't my scooter start?

Answer: Use this checklist of possible culprits to try to identify where your starting problem might lie:

  • Is your battery dead?
  • How about the fuse, which is usually close to the battery?
  • Is it a choke problem? Try putting your hand over the air filter opening and see if it starts better
  • Is your kill switch in the off position?
  • Check the solenoid (click to view how to do this)
  • Do your valves need adjusting*?
  • Did you drop your scoot or lay it down on its side? If so, gas or oil may have gotten into the wrong places. Try taking your gas cap off, changing out the spark plug and/or changing the oil and filter to see if that helps.
  • Is your carburetor clogged?

* More advice on valve gap adjustments: A 50cc scooter needs its valves gapped at .003 inch. A 150cc needs its valves gapped at .004 inch for the intake and .005 for the exhaust. The same for a 250cc from what I hear.

Move through the checklist above, but if you need any more information on how to do any of the steps and I haven't provided a link, then scroll back up to the search box and enter in a search term. Chances are, you'll find what you're looking for!

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