[quote=“scott02”]Well after work tried to start the scooter to take it to the shop to get it looked at - wouldn’t start at all… ended up pushing it ( not much fun in this heat ! )
Guys at the garage tried it - no luck… took out the spark plug and judged it ok ( didn’t change it ) and replaced it with still no success ( hmmmm ).
Checked fuses ( although surely if the starter was turning the fuses would have been ok ? ) … took off half the side panelling and took out some ‘black box’ ( engine control module ? ) - mechanic got a new one and swapped them over, and finally the bike started. Switched over the old ‘black box’ and no luck starting so put back new one… called the black box a ‘c.b.i.’ or ‘c.d.i.’ or some such similar name ?
Well, that ‘little black box’ freaking cost me NT$1000 ! Time for me to find a new garage I think… specially as on the way to work today ( uphill ) scooter is dragging ( seems like having problems changing gears )… acceleration is slower than used to be, plus at higher speeds seems to be struggling… back to previous suggestion about changing ( replacing ) spark plug ?[/quote]
1000 is a fair price for a C.D.I. so they weren’t ripping you off. When my bikes are running rough I often just get the to switch the plug regardless…it’s only 100n.t. or less. If the bike only started with the new CDI installed then it doesn’t sound like they were trying to screw you…but I don’t know why a new CDI would give only a partial improvement like that…I’m still guessing plug. Maybe Hsiadog will chime in with some expertise.