I figured it out, seems the lovely people at TaoTao decided to reverse a couple of wires either from the fuel gauge or in the wiring harness.
I was reading an old post from Ally about the float sensors & ended up playing with my original float assembly. After toying with it, I connected it to the harness and discovered that it was reading backwards, (up/full was reading empty & down/empty was full).
It was a interesting fix, but I now have a working fuel gauge 😊
TaoTao Lancer 150cc 2017 model, less than 25miles on it.
Hey guys, I’m having a problem with my gas gauge not working properly. When I turn on the bike my gas gauge barely lifts off the “E” and into the red zone. I checked the float and made sure it was operating smoothly (it was). I thought it might be a bad sensor, so I bought a new one and installed it after making sure it too operates smoothly. After getting the new one in and remounting the tank and reconnecting everything, I’m getting the exact same issue.
What are the chances that both float sensors could be bad? I might expect it if they both didn’t move the gauge, but their both lifting the gauge just off the “E”.
Could it be the gauge itself or is it more likely that it’s a wiring problem?
All you can really do is read the reviews & check out their rating on BBB, then hope for the best if your buying online. I’d say it’s probably safer & you’re more likely have a good experience from a local dealer.
Personally, I’ve bought 2 scooters online & both turned out to be good experiences, but I’ve also read a lot of horror stories. Some of the dealers seem to be equal opportunity screwers (local & online).
I haven’t heard of the 2 dealers you listed, but I just bought a 150cc scooter from TXpowersports and can’t say anything bad about them so far. They get a B rating from the BBB. I was also considering buying from Birdysscootersandatvs.com or wmsbrighton.com. Both of them get high ratings from the BBB. Only reason I went with the one I did, is their in my state & take care of the title issue themselves.
Typically stock 150cc bikes do between 50-60mph top end. Theoretically 60mph sounds like enough to hop on the freeway, but if you hit any hills, you could easily be back down to 45-50 with no way of going any faster until you reach level ground or a down slope.
With the way freeway traffic tends to be & speeds many people go, personally I’d want something that can do at least 70 and would prefer 75+.
Scooter madness is the only company I cannot find on the BBB. Their web site give no info as to their headquarters location. Maybe your paperwork will give you that info. If you can find them on the BBB, make a complaint. It seems to get them talking again.
Sounds like the damage to your engine is pretty significant and could have been caused by a few things. From the way you make it sound, replacing the engine probably is your best bet. Motorcycle/scooter shops charge anywhere from $70-$80 per hour labor(at least they do by me). Add in a few new parts and you’d most likely match or go beyond the cost of a new engine. If you have a friend that can do the repairs, say for some beer money, then it might be worthwhile to try to fix it....but it all depends on what damages have been done & you won’t know that until you tear the engine apart.
My personal opinion) - If you’re going to fix it to sell it, probably would be better just to get that stock engine and be done. You probably could sell the bike then for the cost of the new engine, but that also depends the condition of the bike in general. If you’re going to keep the bike, then you can consider getting a bbk/larger cc engine, but only you would know if it’s worth it to you. You may/may not recoup the cost of a bbk if you try to sell it.
Good luck & let us know what you do.
Last Edit: Dec 21, 2017 20:51:40 GMT -6 by solymar