Troubleshooting a Gas Scooter Engine

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A gas scooter is a great way to travel through city streets to get to to work, or through parks where there are plenty of trails. This type of scooter is small enough for use around the city, but also powerful enough to move you through some traffic if you have to. Like any other gas powered engine, the gas scooter can have some problems. When problems occur with the engine it does not mean that you have to have expensive repairs. With some simple troubleshooting of the gas scooter you can repair the problem yourself and save a lot of money. Here are some things to help you troubleshoot your gas scooter.

If Scooter Does Not Start

One of the biggest problems that you will face with your gas scooter is that it the engine will not start. When this happens there are several things that you can look for. Usually, problems with not starting happens at the start of the season after storing for the winter. Here are a few things to look for.

Gas in engine: Usually when storing your gas scooter for several months at a time, you should drain the gas out of the tank. If you did this, check to make sure that the gas tank is full of clean gas.

Old gas: If you did not remove the gas during the winter months, or for when storing for more than a few months, the gas can turn stale. You will know this by a varnish smell and gummy deposits. This old gas will clog up the carburetor so that the engine will not run.

Check choke adjustment: Another common problem for your gas scooter not starting is that the choke is not adjusted. Check to see if the choke is open or closed within the air cleaner. This will help you make the adjustments for a cold start.

Check air filter: If the air filter has been clogged with a lot of dust, or other debris, then it will not get the necessary oxygen into the combustion chamber. Remove it and replace it or clean it with some air.

If Scooter Does Not Stay Running

Besides not being able to start the gas scooter, another potentially dangerous problem is that the engine will not stay running. If you are in the middle of traffic, or somewhere that you need power quickly, and the engine cuts out, there are some serious consequences. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to help fix this problem.

Water in gas tank: Water can form through condensation inside the tank. You will notice this if there is small beads of water on the bottom of your tank. Use a flashlight to see these. If so, then you will need to siphon the gas out and replace it with fresh gas.

Bad kill switch: There are times when a bad connection, or a faulty kill switch will cause the engine not to run. Use a voltmeter to check the operation and replace if necessary.

Plugged gas filter: A gas scooter will have an inline gas filter that removes debris from gas. Replace this filter and try the engine again.