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ET2
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ET2
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I've recently come across a 2003 Vespa ET2 that has been sitting in a shed for 9 years and only has 3000 miles on it. I have the Vespa in my possession, but it will not start. It has started for me once, but only after kicking it for around 10 minutes. since then i have cleaned the carb and fuel lines, replaced the battery, and a few cosmetic things. Now I'm having an issue getting it to turn over at all. the Kick start is stuck and the electric starter wont do anything. Does anyone have any experience with this? what should i try next to fix this Vespa?
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The kick starter should only be used as an emergency back up, or not at all. It is not a very robust system. You will have to take off the CVT cover to take a look at the kick start mechanism to make an assessment. Post up pics when you do.
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Vespa PX125
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Location: South Wales
 
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Vespa PX125
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Hi your best bet is to get the starter motor working as the kickstart is mainly for show I've had a couple of ET2 50s and only ever used the starter motor one of the ones that I had the starter was broken but picked up a new one from eBay for £10 and never had a problem with it. Get a multimeter or a cabled bulb screwdriver and check out if there is power to the starter and the plug. Whenever I buy a new Vespa I invariably get the Haynes manual which helps a lot with wiring diagrams. It may seem daunting but it is easy as there are plenty of guides on YouTube showing how the multimeter works. Give it a try you can't go wrong. Hope it turns into an easy fix for you. All the best.
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