This post was Last updated on : 01/17/2020
Engines will not start easily after sitting idle for a long time. It will be worse if it was not properly stored.
So following are some Step by step cleaning & inspecting process for starting a motor scooter or bike after sitting idle for long time. This is applicable for both 2stroke and 4 stroke engines.
Doing it step by step in following way will ensure smooth starting & avoid problems getting worse.
1) Put scooter on its center stand.
This will help you in easily accessing different parts of scooter, cleaning & to kick start.
2) Fill air in both tires.
While this is not that much important step in getting engine started, It is good to fill it with air before moving it around. You can find out if there is a puncher while doing other works.
3) Drain old fuel from fuel tank.
It is better removing all existing fuel from scooter before starting. This fuel can be used for other purposes. Also drain fuel from lower part of carburetor by loosening its bottom valve.
4) Check air filter & intake tube for any small animal nest or dust.
When a vehicle is sitting idle for long time, few months or years, Many animals will find it as a comfortable place to set up its nest. In most cases, these animals will choose air filter as its home.
If you try to start a scooter without cleaning this, it will get inside engine.
So, inspect and clean air filter.
5) Recharge battery & check whether it is dead or not.
Some scooters will not start without a battery with enough power. If a battery was already in bad shape while storing scooter, it should be recharged.
6) Check engine oil condition and level.
First make sure engine oil level is in specified limit. Also check the color of oil & replace if it is too dark in color.
7) Dry clean scooter with brushes, vacuum & air.
Scooter will accumulate a lot of dust if it was sitting for a while. Before using water to clean it, use few brushes and clothes to dry clean it. You can also use vacuum and air pressure to clean different parts of vehicle.
8) Clean it with water.
After dry cleaning, wash it with soapy water. This will remove all dirt and oil.
9) Kick it without turning on ignition.
Before turning on ignition, it is good to kick its pedal few times to create vacuum. You can also feel the compression of engine while doing this. Avoid this spep id kick starter is not present in scooter.
10) Kick start it with key in turned on position.
Kick start or use starter switch to start scooter. Hopefully it will start and your job is done. If scooter is not starting, You can do some troubleshooting like checking spark plug for spark & engine oil etc.