Why won't my new Tao Tao scooter start ?

by Tracy Welborn
(Dallas, TX)

Bought a new Tao Tao 150 scooter for my son at college. It has about 80 to 90 miles on it. It started making a noise at his feet, he describes as a loud clicking? After he parked, it wouldn't start again.

All the lights come on but when he turns the key it makes a click and then stops. I don't think it's the battery because he still has power. But what was the noise at his feet - isn't that where the battery is located?

Starter maybe? It won't turn over so maybe it's the starter? Has anyone experienced a similar problem with this vehicle?

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by: Andrew

Hello, I just bought a Tao Tao 150cc too, my scooter is having the same exact problems. When driving around on it, I hear the clicking noise at my feet as well. The battery won't let me do an electric start on it, but the lights and horn work properly. Should I replace the battery that I currently have, and if I need to replace it, what batter should I buy instead? I'm charging the battery inside my home as of right now, and I bought some jumper cables in cause it won't start, because my kick start is not working properly either.

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Feb 12, 2012
by: Tracy Welborn

I took the battery off and had it tested. It had literally no cranking amps available. Enough juice to power the lights and horn but not any more. Aparently the Chinese batteries are lacking. I replaced the battery and it started right up.

I forgot to mention in my first writing that my son was unable to kick start the scooter. I showed him how to give it a little throttle during the kick and it started that way too.


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