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Turns out the GTS’ emergency cutoff switch was in the “off” position. Guh!
Of course it won’t start that way. Flip it to the “on” position, hit the starter button, it starts.
Sunday was a really nice day, so I decided to take the GTS out and run laps around West Seattle. I had siphoned a gallon and change out of the GTS’ gas tank, and, still thinking the problem might be some bad gas, figured the easiest way to purge it is to burn it.
First lap, no problem. Second lap, it dies on Erskine Way, but fires right back up. Third lap, it dies about halfway up the Admiral Way hill. After letting it sit for about 10 minutes, I coax the engine to life and continue up the hill.
The side street shortcut to the swingin’ bachelor pad appears, so I decide to take it. The GTS’ engine dies again at 47th & Hanford. This time, it won’t start. At all. Well, I’m only a few blocks from home, and climbing the stairway (many streets in Seattle have gaps bridged with stairs) will be good exercise.
Later that evening, I walk back down and try to start the GTS. The starter cranks, but the engine won’t fire. Crap. It’s parked on a residential street, so it should be okay where it is until Monday, at least.
Monday morning, I go back and try to fire it up one more time. The starter cranks, but there’s an initial hesitation. Hoo-boy, the battery is getting drained. And it still won’t start.
I’m a bit relieved. It’s become apparent some component that was in the process of failing has now failed. It will be easier for Big People to figure out what’s wrong. It ain’t working at all, instead of not working under circumstances they might have trouble duplicating. In fact, there’s a diagnostic tool that plugs into the ECU, which will display fault codes that should pinpoint the problem. Like a new car. That’s what I like most about the GTS.
I wrote the note in the picture above to let the neighbors know the GTS was not abandoned. This morning I returned to find the note still there, and no orange Parking Enforcement sticker on it.
Another call to AAA had a different guy with a giant tilt-bed wrecker on the scene exactly five minutes later than the lady on the phone said he’d get there. Hey, the GTS was not parked in the easiest place to find.
You’ll notice the front wheel is attached to a rather cool tow dolly. The tie-down straps attach to the dolly, which is hooked to a winch and pulled onto the tilt bed. I didn’t need to touch the scooter, unlike last time. Something like this would make hauling a scooter in a pickup truck a lot easier to do by yourself. And if you’re handy, you could fabricate something like this fairly easily.
In no time, we’re at Big People. Unloading the GTS is even easier than loading it, and we were able to take advantage of the handy loading zone across Vale Street from the shop. I wheeled the scooter onto the sidewalk behind a group already parked there.
Joe says it’ll be Thursday before they’ll be able to look at it. Whatever. I just hope the problem is minor. And inexpensive.
A 1.5 hour bus ride later, I’m home. Today is a great day for a ride. Good thing I have two scooters.