Why can't I get my 2010 VIP Future Champion scooter to start?

by Bill
(Raleigh, NC, USA)

I have a 2010 VIP Future Champion scooter (2400 miles) that is not starting/running properly. Initially the scooter had no spark. Found a loose connection in the harness, repaired and now I have spark.

Scooter will turn over but not run unless throttle held wide open during extended cranking. By extended I mean I had to install a jump box and crank for more than a minute. When it did start running i had to bump the idle way up to keep it running (3k - 4k RPM).

Attempted to set the air/fuel ratio and idle to no effect. I suspect a fuel problem but have no good way to test the carburetor or the fuel supply valve. Any ideas?

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Jul 09, 2016
wireing a ignition switch NEW
by: Anonymous

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Jul 09, 2016
wireing a ignition switch NEW
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May 04, 2012
Same Issues NEW
by: Anonymous

I too have a VIP with the same issues. I bought it brand new. I have had issues starting it & when it runs hot it shuts off & i have wont start bk. I have had it fixed 4x & now the carb is leaking & wont run at nite sumtimes. It drinks gas also. I need help fixing this.

Apr 03, 2012
Unable to stay turned over NEW
by: Vinny

Ok so I have a 2010 VIP future champion 500 miles, already a dead battery(fixed) clean carb, adjusted idle and won't seem to turn over...Pull on throttle and seems kill the motor...alcoholic Mechanic attempted to fix but not sure if he made it worse...I see the radiator hose cut, but does lead to anywhere I can see...any comments please leave me an email(vinnydamico1990@gmail.com)...hate these forum sites lol hopefully you have an answer for me

Feb 12, 2012
by: Jim Zeiser

2400 miles? Let's see. Have you adjusted the valve clearances yet? They are set at .002 inch and tighten up quick when new. What you're describing is an engine with a lack of compression. I'm thinking your exhaust valve is being held open by the rocker arm.

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