i went to get gas, and put in just under a gallon. the automatic stopper on the gas pump made the flow of gas stop almost immediately, but I topped it off a couple of times until I put in just under a gallon. I started the bike, road into the street, and waited at a red light. while at the light, the engine shut off and would not restart. it turns over, but doesn't ignite.
i was told to wait 15 minuted and then try after a flooded tank could evaporate. nothing. i took out the spark plug and celaned it off and put it back. nothing. what should i do?
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Re: my scooter won't start:(
Hi I am Vortash sounds like you may have got some contaminated fuel .. ( water in fuel ) empty your tank of old fuel completely .. take your spark plug out and kick start the bike repeatedly to clear the fuel out of the system if you have a carb bowl drain screw open it and drain the old fuel out leave the spark plug out and let it stand for half hour or direct a hairdryer down the plug to evaporate any excess fuel that may be in the crankcase sump . Refill with fresh fuel and try again with a new spark plug . hopefully that should cure your problem .. regards Vortash
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Take off the smaller wire off the starter motor. Put the key in the start position and hold it there for a few seconds. Listen for the fuel pump running. If you hear it running then it feels like it stopped, then let go of the key and reinstall that wire on the starter motor. It should start.
Put at least 5 gallons of gas in the tank. Most tank baffles won't let 1 or 2 gallons get to the pump.
Before you do that, go back and make sure everything is hooked up, and no rotten rubber lines at tank and evap connections. If you didn't already, change the fuel filter.
I would put a couple gallons in a can and put in my trunk i know that, If there is no apparent visual leak, no puddle under car.then maybe its a bad fuel read. I would drive car and see how far you can go on that E read. After you get that gas can with a couple gallons in it,and dont forget the funnel. THat car should get at least 120 mi on 6.5 gallons, so its a good size leak to pump out 5 gallons in a 20 mi stretch. i think you would smell it. so hopefully its just one of those weird moments.
You don't " get a cylinder cleaned ". Who ever says that doesn't know what he is talking about. I assume the engine is a two stroke. The gas/oil mixture should be 32 to1. That means 4 ounces of two stroke engine oil to one gallon of gas. If the scooter has an automatic oil pump be sure there is oil in the oil tank. It should automaticly pump the engine oil at the proper rate. If this is an older scooter, you could remove the cylinder head and de-carbon it and then check the exhaust port to be sure the port has not been made smaller due to carbon build up. The port should be about 1/2" tall and 1" wide. Also check and clean the air filter. If it is a new scooter is it still under warranty?
Do yourself a favor. Ride to a dealership and ask if they would go over the recommended owner maintenance with you. Have them show you how to do an oil change, spark plug change, set the idle speed, add water to the battery, clean the air filter, check the fuses, change headlight bulbs, and lube the scooter. Purchase lubricants, oil, and spark plug from them. Make friends with the dealer. Ask questions; how often?, what quantity?, how do I measure that?, what tells me I need to bring the scooter in for maintenance or repairs? A good dealer will be happy to show you knowing you will get parts and supplies from them as well as have them do any major repairs.
Chances are the battery has never been replaced. You could replace the battery or get a 1 or 2 amp battery charger and try to charge the old battery. DO NOT go over 2 amps when charging. I would buy the charger before I bought a new battery. Saving the old battery is worth a shot. If the battery won't take a charge, at least you now have a charger for when you need it. Be sure water covers the top of each cell in the battery before charging.
I am unfamiliar with your specific bike but if it has a kick starter, it should be on the right side of the gear box near the back and close to the foot rest. It could be that your scooter does not have a kick start but has an electric start instead. Fix the battery problem then put the engine in neutral and press the buttons on the handlebars. One of them is likely to be the start button.
Two final thoughts. First, go to a dealer that sells Torpedo scooters and ask questions on how the scooter operates and user maintenance you should be doing while you own it. Get and read an owners manual. Second, in a safe area, practice emergency stops. Imagine a car pulls out in front of you and then brake quickly to avoid an accident. Do this for an hour. Now when something happens you will automaticly react instead of having hesitation by having to think, " Now where is the brake on this bike? ".
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Good chance that even on 4 gallons it may not start I would try for more, prime the fuel pump several times by turning the key on and leaving it on for around 5 seconds then shutting it off and repeating, obviously not trying to start. I've had cases where even small FWD cars won't start even on 4 gallons on a 12 gallon tank. The newer fuel pumps are a closed system that only allow a small portion of fuel into the pump housing to keep contamination down. Let me know if after adding a few more gallons it won't start we will trouble shoot from there. Thank you for using fixya.com