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Hi. I have a 1983 Suzuki FA50 moped. The kick start is not working.

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Hi. I have a 1983 Suzuki FA50 moped. The kick start is not working. When I hold in the clutch on the left handle bar and try to kick start it - it seems locked up but when I release the cluth it moves up and down easy but of course will not attempt to start unless clutch is in.

I just got this moped. It needs a new battery, new gas and oil and a carb clean. But the issue is it will not even attempt to start - no motor sound at all.

Please help!!!
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 6 years ago.

Welcome, Please work with me to get the answers you need.


Have you tried turning the motor by hand, the kickstart sounds like it is working. It should only grab when the brake lever is pulled in and slip when the lever is out. That is it's normal operation.


If the kickstart lever is not going down with the lever pulled then the engine is not turning over. It may be seized.


Here is a pdf file link of the kickstarter assembly:

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
So if the motor is no good what parts would I need to purchase? I just ordered a battery, etc... but Im speaking what parts would I need to get it started> (what is it called besides motor on a moped).

Expert:  Wayne S. replied 6 years ago.

the first thing to do is see if you can turn the
engine by hand.
Remove one of the side covers and grab the
flywheel or whatever on the end of the
engine and see if the engine will turn
or if it is seized.

If it turns then your problem might just
be in the kisckstarter assembly.
You would have to look at it to see
what is wrong.

If the engine is seized and won't turn
at all then you would have to remove
the head and then try to free the
cylinder from the piston.
You could try soaking it with some penetrating
fluid and then try pulling on the
cylinder as you tap on the top
of the piston with a piece of wood or such.
It is good to be careful when working on
engines to prevent costly damage.

Once the top end is apart you could check the lower rod
bearing and get the cylinder cleaned up
or rebored and you may need a new piston and rings.

Reassemble with new gaskets and make sure your
oil pump is working or that you add a small
amount of oil to the fuel for lubrication.

If you can get a service manual that would be a great help.