Why does my scooter hum, but not start?

by Lauren
(Memphis, TN, USA)

Scooter only makes small humming noise when attempting to start, but that's all! Any help or suggestions you can provide would be so appreciated!


I just had my TNG 50cc scooter serviced about a month ago, and I can't afford to take it back so soon. It was working fine for a couple of weeks, then I was gone for a week and a half, and when I tried to start it, it was dead.

I am not mechanically inclined, but I would be willing to try to work on it myself, I am just hoping for pointers on the best place to start.

Here are the facts as I know them:

1.) It has plenty of gas in it, as it was only used for short distances; however, no new gas has been added since servicing about a month and a half ago. Can gas go "bad" in that amount of time?

2.) The service shop, among other things, replaced the starter.

3.) Since getting it back, it has been leaking something very slowly -- that is, in a month, only a small spot has formed under the scooter. When I inspect the liquid, it is a greenish color.

4.) We just put in a new battery a month ago; could it have died already, or need to be recharged?

That's all of the information I can provide. Thank you in advance for helping with this!

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Aug 26, 2010
Battery
by: Jim Zeiser

It sounds like a dead battery to me. I would try recharging it and see what happens. It should at least click when the solenoid engages. Humming tells me that it doesn't have enough power for that.

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