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Just wanted to share with you yesterday's experience. I'm very sad...

Yesterday evening I noticed that it was taking more gas than usual to make the clutch engage; you could only see the rear wheel starting to spin till it was something around 1 / 4 of the gas given.

I decided to open the transmission cover and see what was going on inside there. Once the cover was out I took out apart the bell and the clutch and cleaned them. Then, to test if there was any improvement I put back the clutch (but not the bell) and adjusted the cover holding it just with the oil cap (you can call me silly, no clutch bolt, no screws...).

Well, I started the engine, gave some gas and then a strong blast from inside made the cover jump off. Result: transmission cover broken, oil cap broken, clutch broken, gear broken and other parts that the guy in the work shop didn't know how to translate into English but that also need to be replaced... Very sad.

I don't think my wife is going to let me try to repair anything else in the Vespa for a very long time, and maybe she is right.
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Re: Children don't do what I have done...
Daniel F Boada wrote:
Just wanted to share with you yesterday's experience. I'm very sad...

Yesterday evening I noticed that it was taking more gas than usual to make the clutch engage; you could only see the rear wheel starting to spin till it was something around 1 / 4 of the gas given.

I decided to open the transmission cover and see what was going on inside there. Once the cover was out I took out apart the bell and the clutch and cleaned them. Then, to test if there was any improvement I put back the clutch (but not the bell) and adjusted the cover holding it just with the oil cap (you can call me silly, no clutch bolt, no screws...).

Well, I started the engine, gave some gas and then a strong blast from inside made the cover jump off. Result: transmission cover broken, oil cap broken, clutch broken, gear broken and other parts that I the guy in the work shop didn't know how to translate into English but that also need to be replaced... Very sad.

I don't think my wife is going to let me try to repair anything else in the Vespa for a very long time, and maybe she is right.
uuu, that hurts. Feel bad for you, man. But every day is a lesson... (this comes from my own expierience )

woocash
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Re: Children don't do what I have done...
"uuu, that hurts. Feel bad for you, man. But every day is a lesson... (this comes from my own expierience )

woocash"


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Ouch! I feel your pain, but seriously... you could have gotten hurt.

A clutch without the bell is literally a bomb if the engine is started.
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OOH, sorry.

One of my favorite sayings came from a building supply place I used to frequent: "Why pay for someone else's mistakes when you can do it yourself and pay for your own?"
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Oh boy, that is nasty. There's a reason why I don't do much wrenching.
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That sucks. Can you get it repaired cheaply over there? Hope so and stay away from gasoline my friend. Good luck
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Owwweee! My condolences my friend. Harsh lesson to learn. Best of luck with the repairs and hope you will be back on the road soon.
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Sorry to hear. Glad no one was hurt!

One of the hardest lessons I learned about working on my scoots has been patience. I've made a few goofs simply by not taking my time and attacking everything head on without thinking about it. This is why there are 3 broken bolts for my transmission cover, some scores inside the case from trying to use a Dremel to cut a notch in one to get it out, drill bit broken off in another one, etc.

Yeah, it took me a while to learn that lesson.

Lesson #2: I can't figure everything out myself and sometimes it's best to know when to call in a pro.
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Double ouch. I feel for ya.
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My favorite (and often used) saying: It seemed like a good idea at the time....

Glad no one was hurt.
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Hi all,

Thank you very much for your messages. I really appreciate them.

Here you are a picture of all the things they have changed so far (it's still in the workshop). The transmission belt was new but the external side had been scratched badly after the blast. The clutch bell looked fine to me but they said that this spare part was supplied from Italy along with the clutch. You can see a small hole in the transmission cover but it was all full of cracks around and the underneath of it was broken down in several pieces.

Total cost if they don't find anything else today is 600 usd. Not much as it includes oils change, gasoline filter and pipes, carburetor cleaning... I suppose spare parts are maybe just a bit more expensive here due to the import taxes, but then it is amazingly only 1.5 usd / hour of man work.

Sorry, I can't attach a picture... it is not working neither using IE nor firefox...
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Always fully re-assemble before "testing"...

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