Why is my scooter's starter not working (usually)?

by Tom Kershaw
(Twin Falls, ID )

My Scooter is Chinese made, brand name "Viva". 50cc. It has the following problems:

The starter usually doesn't work. Sometimes it starts up fine, but usually I push the starter button and nothing at all happens. I can kick start it, though, and it runs fine. I have charged the battery.

At the same time, the turn signals are also unpredictable. The lights always come on, but sometimes they flash on and off, and sometimes they just stay on without flashing. I suspect that these two electrical issues are related, but don't know for sure.

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Dec 22, 2010
250 cc viva
by: Anonymous

Having problems also with scooter starting. Some days hard to start and won't just idleThen other days fires right up. Usually when I'm on the phone to the mechinic and it fires right up.Now today it not even trying to turn over. Battery is fine. lights horn and accessories all coming on. Any suggestions?

Aug 06, 2010
by: Jim Zeiser

Welcome to the world of Chinese electronics. You have to start taking plugs apart and putting them back together at the switches and connectors. Also check your ground wire to the frame. Somewhere there's a loose or dirty plug or wire.

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