Why won't my 49cc Eagle scooter start?

by Juan

I have a Chinese 49cc scooter, it has no brand on it but I've been told the common name is 'Eagle 49cc.' Ever since I got it (about a year ago), I've had problems with it (it takes at least 2 and sometimes 3 tries to start it-I figure this isn't normal), but it has still ran fine.

I replaced a dead battery about 4 months ago. The other day, it wouldn't start at all (no noise, as if the key wasn't even in) and I made sure there was gas, the kill switch was in the right place, key was good.

Then it magically started after a few tries. Next time I tried to turn it on, the same thing happened and it took a little longer to get it started. Finally, the next time I tried to start it, it attempted to start and didn't and after that it went back to not starting at all with no noise.

I tried kick starting it and still nothing. One thing to note is that when I hold the brake the stop light turns on (I'm assuming this means the battery isn't completely dead). I've never heard of anyone with a problem starting a scooter with no noise at all as if it was dead, and the battery still works.

I also made sure the battery red and black cables were plugged in correctly and re-tightened it and still nothing. Every time I try it's like the key wasn't in, I hear NOTHING from the scooter.

I'm wondering if any of you guys have seen something like this before? or where I can get started.

Thanks a bunch,


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