It’s no more news that Scooters are very popular in the United States in their use as a means of transportation. They are very lightweight and consume less fuel in comparison to cars and are ideal alternatives to cars when there is a need for some trips around town.
In recent times, scooters have been manufactured with electric starters alongside other electrical components that make them easy to handle and operate.
With the electrical aspect in view, it comes as no surprise that the battery that powers a scooter can fail, resulting in issues for a driver who needs to beat a deadline.
How to Kick-Start your Scooter
Kickstarting your Scooter requires that some procedures must be followed. See them in the steps outlined below.
Find the center stand that is located on the bottom of your scooter. After this is done, stand on the left side of the scooter, hold the left leg of the center-stand on the ground with your foot. Get a hold of the handlebars on both sides of the scooter with your hands and apply force in pulling it back and up so that the scooter can be placed on its center stand.
Look for the kick-start lever and you’ll find it on the left side of the transmission case. Ensure that the footpeg on the kick-start lever is folded out.
After this is done, turn your ignition key to the ‘ON’ position and stand beside the scooter’s left side. Use your left hand to depress the left brake lever located on the handlebar with your left hand.
You’ll be required to use your right foot to swiftly push down on the peg of the kick-starter to enable the lever to rise to its original position. This should be done continuously until the engine begins to run.
Meanwhile, to prevent your efforts from being futile, take note of the left brake lever that contains the safety switch and keep it depressed. If this is not done, the safety switch is designed to prevent the engine from starting if there is no actuation.
How to access the battery of your Scooter
You will be required to find the battery of your scooter if the kickstarting mechanism is faulty or if the kickstarting efforts prove futile.
Scooters manufactured in China have their batteries located under the footrest area while other models have their batteries installed under the seat and very close to the fuel tank.
Remove the rubber mat that is on the footrest area and you’ll find the battery under the plastic cover.
A screwdriver will be needed for the next process as you’ll have to remove the recessed cover screws in order to remove the cover and gain access to the scooter’s battery.
Once this is done, you’ll see the battery alongside the markings on its negative and positive terminals. The positive is red while the negative terminal is black.
How to use a Jump Pack to start your Scooter
Proceed by attaching the corresponding negative and positive terminals of a battery jump pack to the battery of your scooter. For optimum performance, ensure that the jump pack is set to 12-volt operation before it is connected to your battery.
After turning on the jump pack, depress the scooter’s left brake lever and press the starter button to activate the scooter’s electric starter. Once the scooter starts running, turn off the jump pack.
Remove the negative and positive cables of the jump pack from your scooter’s battery and replace the battery cover. Your screwdriver will be called to use again as you will be expected to reinstall the screws and reposition the rubber mat.
How to jump-start your Scooter with a Vehicle
The vehicle should be turned off. Once this is accomplished, open the hood and connect the positive jumper cable to the corresponding positive battery post of the vehicle and connect the negative jumper cable to the suitable metal ground on the vehicle.
After this is done, connect the positive and negative leads of the jumper cable to the designated terminals of your scooter. Immediately depress and grab the left brake lever and press the scooter’s starter button.
If your engine starts successfully without any hassles, remove the jumper cables from the scooter’s battery. Avoid leaving the jumper cables connected from the vehicle’s battery to the scooter for long to prevent any form of damage to the scooter.
Then replace the battery cover and reinstall the screws and finish up the process of folding the rubber mat on the footrest area of the scooter
Conclusion: How to start a scooter with a dead battery
As we pointed out earlier, scooters are very popular in the United State due to their ease of use, how lightweight they are, fuel volume, amongst others.
Therefore, there is the need for an article like this one to help in the maintenance of scooters amongst Americans. We sincerely hope that all the questions you have concerning starting a scooter with a dead battery are answered here.