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Old 06-12-2004, 11:17 PM
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Scooter questions. won't start

me and my friend was working on a scooter left over at his old house by another friend. it was sitting for at least 2 years.

its a 49cc 2 stroke, with a electric/kick starter. there was some gas and oil in the mixer so we decided to kick start it. after about 20 mins we gave up. i don't have a lot of experience working with 2 stroke engines. what should i change and work on to get it starting right? it was working when he parked it. is starting fluid recommended? also it has a 12V 4Amp battery. is this safe to hook up to a car battery to jump start it? (since they are both 12v)

also in this state there is no registration/license required for motor vehicles under 50cc. does that mean i technically don't need a title to operate it? the gy who left it has gone off to new york and we couldn't track him own. i might try to buy it off him for $3-400.
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Old 06-12-2004, 11:53 PM
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I would start by replacing the gas with the 2 stroke oil mixture, and check for porper spark.

The gas is probably bad after all this time, and if the spark isn't good, you may not get it going.

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Old 06-13-2004, 06:47 AM
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Remove and inspect the spark plug. After you determine that it looks good or replace it pour a little gasoline into the cylinder via the plug hole. Put the plug back in place and then try again. If I do not ride my scooter for extended periods of time I have to do this to start it.
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Old 06-13-2004, 09:43 AM
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Check and clean carbs, check all fuel lines, and make sure that none are deteriorated, and collapsing. Make sure that the fuel tank is clean. When I tore down the snowmobile I bought last spring, the fuel lines were literally rotted to pieces, coming out of the tank in a dozen or so small bits. If it has a fuel filter and petcock, check to make sure they are both clean as well. Fuel and oil mix tends to make quite a mess when the fuel starts breaking down.
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