Did you change your scooter oil last fall?

If you didn’t change your oil last fall before storing it away for winter, it’s seriously time to do it now.  Obviously I’m talking to the 4-stroke crowd here and not the 2-stroke community.   Need further proof that your oil needs changing – look at it’s color and smell it.

If your scooter engine oil looks black and smells burnt, the scoot is way overdue for an engine oil change.  It’s time to remove all those impurities floating around in the oil too.

Changing the engine oil isn’t all that hard for the do-it yourself mechanic.  It does help to have the shop manual.  That too may be useless if it’s written in Italian or poorly translated English.

If you have a Vespa ET4 scooter with a Leader engine, you are in luck.  During the course of several oil changes I wrote down what I actually used and how I performed my scooter oil changes.  I even took pictures to give some visuals.

If you need an ET4 oil change procedure, it’s been posted in three spots.

The first oil change article was posted on April 29, 2009 and can be found at:

How to change the engine oil in your Vespa ET4 Scooter

I made some revisions and posted the revised article on May 13, 2009 and can be found at:

How to Change the Engine Oil in Your Vespa ET4 Scooter

I made a step-by-step picture guide on July 13, 2010 and is published online at:

How to change the engine oil in a Vespa ET4 scooter

Allow plenty of time the first time attempting an oil change.  If you try to rush it, you’ll probably wind up with used oil all over your garage floor.  If anything is confusing, let me know and I’ll make revisions.

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It’s Spring and the scooter thieves return

The recent warm weather has brought the return of scooters to the streets.  Scooter thieves have noticed too.   They are already plying their trade and making many scooter owners with a gut-kicked feeling.

If you are out riding your scooter and park it – lock it up every time.  Even for 5 minutes.  It only takes 30 seconds for two guys to pick it up and throw it into the bed of a pickup truck.  Lock it up to something solid with an armored cable.

There are many options available when purchasing scooter theft prevention devices.  Do your research and find an option that works for your situation.  Many anti-theft items can be purchased at local scooter shops, motorcycle shops, or online scooter stores.

If you need some ideas on scooter theft protection, the below article gives a few ideas.

The Best Scooter Anti-theft Security Devices


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Time to start a scooter only blog

I have another scooter blog but it’s wrapped up with two of my other favorite activities – snowboarding and Colorado.  It’s time to have a scooter only subject blog.  This will prevent disruptions in the content flow.

I’ll probably start out by reposting all my old scooter content.  Not all of it is searchable and most of it has been stolen by this one aftermarket Chinese scooter parts dealer.   If Chinese scooters weren’t crappy enough, some their parts dealers can be just as crappy.

If I work on this scooter blog, it will eventually have a higher Google ranking than those theives who have stolen (read copyright infringement) my scooter articles.  I hate any thief much less a scooter thief.

 

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