Why does my scooter start with kick start but not with electic starter?

by Marike
(Cape Town, South Africa)

I have a Kymco Bet & Win 125cc. The stator coil was burned so we replaced it with the previous one the shop took out a few years back which we tested and couldn't find a problem with.

Now the battery is charging but the electric starter wont work. It only starts when we kick start it.

Can it be a electric fault on the stator coil that's causing this or is it something else?

Your input will be highly appreciated!

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Mar 01, 2011
Voltage drop
by: Granpascooter

If you are working on a Chinese scooter you must remember one thing: The battery generally is the minimum size that they could put in (read cheap) and from my experience the starters leave a great deal to be desired bearing-wise.

Make sure your battery is REALLY topped up. If yours is a 150cc, that's a lot of pressure to overcome from a marginal starting system. You could have a voltage drop problem.

I would suggest that if the engine is turning over but not firing, do two things: make sure the plug is CLEAN, and I would suggest 90+ octane fuel. I find I get better starts AND better mileage from the premium fuel. Like most first timers I ran into a flock of problems: fuel filter MELTED and plugged the fuel line, porous vac lines that had to be replaced, cross threaded spark plug(right out of the crate!).

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