What can I do about my Honda 250 Reflex not starting after sitting for 3 months?

by George
(Cape Canaveral, FL)

I have a 2003 Honda 250 Reflex motor scooter... after letting it sit for 3 months, it will not start. It tries to start and when you put fuel into the carb it starts a little.

I cleaned the carb and had a shop take it apart and clean it. The SE value does not allow you to blow air into it when the motor is cool and off. Could the problem be the SE value? Any suggestions?

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Dec 04, 2010
by: Edwin Lee Weaver

The SE valve (automatic choke)is there to help starting. It will fail in the helping position. Sounds like a fuel delivery problem. Carb. has been cleaned and will fire if raw gas is injected into the carb. intake so we have to conclude it is a fuel pump or plug filter. I have a 2004 reflex and it is a very dependable scooter.

Dec 03, 2010
This Will Sound Silly
by: Jim Zeiser

But have somebody put a new spark plug in your scooter. I'm a firm believer that carburetors get blamed way more than they should. I recently got a Honda started that had been sitting for two years simply by changing the plug. OK, I also put carb cleaner in the gas but that was after it ran badly and I was sure the fuel system was fouled up. Spark plug first, then carb cleaner in your tank.

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