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My 2009 E-ton Matrix will not start when the starter button is pressed. The battery is charged, but the starter motor just whines/hums loudly and the engine will not catch and start. The kick-start works just fine. The battery is the original so it's four years old or so. I put the batter on a trickle charger - and it indicates the battery is fully charged. The scooter was purchased one month ago and only had 4 miles on it at the time. It now as about 620 miles on it. The scooter is still under warranty. So, bad battery or bad starter motor?

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Have a load test done on the battery but at 4 tears old I'll bet it is the battery that has failed. Most batteries last about 3 years at the most before they decay internally.

Posted on May 06, 2013

  • Mike Drabik May 06, 2013

    Thanks! I will get it load tested. Reading other solutions here seem to indicate bad battery is my problem . I appreciate your taking the time to answer!

  • Mike Drabik May 06, 2013

    I had load test done this morning by local auto repair shop. The tech told me the battery had barely cranking power left. His:: battery' now junk. So, it's off to the dealer who promise a swap out with new battery if this the fact. Thanks for the your, Bill!



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The loud click kinda indicates the starter is the problem. A fainter click would implicate the starter relay as the failing component.

Since I can't hear the noise, I would say first check the starter for 12 volts from hot to ground when the ignition is in start position. If you get 12 volts upon this test, then it's most likely the starter relay.

Then check the relay for continuity with starter disconnected from it and the ignition in start position. To find these components, just trace the red cable from the battery.

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