Why will my Yamaha Zuma scooter not start any more?

by Wayne Fowler
(Fayetteville, N.C)

I was riding to a friend's one day, on the way there I was low on gas. I stopped to get gas and then she ran pretty well. Halfway back, she stopped running and now it will not start.

I changed the spark plug, but it won't start. I cleaned the carburetor and it still won't start. The gas line is okay on it, but I'm not sure if the electrical choke is working. Could this be the problem? If so, how can I check it?

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Jul 27, 2010
Simple Check
by: JIm Zeiser

Engines are not that hard. First pull out the spark plug, put it against the head and see that you have a nice blue spark. If not, ignition problems. Then spray starter fluid down the spark plug hole, put the plug back and try to start it. If it runs for a few seconds and dies. Fuel delivery problems. If it keeps running it could have been a slight clog somewhere that cleared and you're lucky. Otherwise flush the lines and tank.

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