Why won't my winterized scooter start in spring?

by Dennis
(Edmons, WA)

I have a Buddy International that sat all winter with a battery drip charger on. Now, it won't turn over. The electrical system seems to be working fine. The ignition switch seems to be working.

It has gas. I am holding the brake down and the kill switch is set properly. Is there something else I need to do?

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Jun 11, 2011
Do you add the sea foam to old fuel
by: Heidi

This is very helpful. Thank you for the insight. My scooter has been sitting for a few months and does not start. Did you drain the old fuel first or add the sea foam to the sitting fuel? Any help is appreciated. Thanks

Apr 12, 2011
Two Days Later and $200 Richer
by: Dennis

It may seems strange for me to answer my own post but I wanted to share this with others who may experience the same problem.

I figured the fuel must have fouled my carburetor. The darn thing would not turn over. I went to my local auto parts start and purchased a product called Sea Foam: Motor Treatment. It says when added to gas it cleans injectors and carb jets. I put an ounce to a gallon of gas and rocked the bike back and forth to mix it in the tank. I then turn the bike on and turned the accelerator handle several times to give it some gas. I then press the start switch and it did not start. It did as before. Would come close to turning over but not quite. I figured the treated fuel was working it's way through the injectors and carbs. I kept trying to start it until the batter became weak and stopped. Hooked the battery up to the Batter Tender and waited until the battery recharged.

An hour later the scooter started with no problem. I let it run for a bit and took it for a scoot. It sounds like a normal run. No pings or rough running. I figured I saved about $200 for a carburetor cleaning.

I hope it works for you.

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