So I decide to run a few erands today on my moped and I
pull out after my 1st stop and make it a short distance and discover something is not right. Turns out the engine is locked up!
So I ended up disengaging the gearbox and pedaling home. That sucks. Wife's laughing at me when I get in the house as she saw me pushing it up the hill into my garage!
So my first instinct is to take the clutch apart. I discover a small plastic peg has jammed something inside the clutch. See red arrow pointing toward the white peg:
First of all what do these set of set of clutches behind the outer clutch suppose to do? I've heard someone mention something about a starter clutch. So I'm assuming when you pedal to get the engine started, it spreads these two clutches apart and grabs so the engine spins. Then if you are coasting, the clutches move inward to reduce resistance? Is that correct? If not someone school me.
What is the purpose of the pegs? There is a spring behind both pegs. It appears they prevent the clutches from moving inward but there are no springs holding these set of clutches together like on the main clutch. So I'm a bit stumped as to how it works and what it's supposed to do.
I'm going to remove the pegs and springs and put the outer clutch back on and see what happens.
I do know that in order to start this moped, I have to open the deceleration valve and either pedal or roll off. Even if I just lightly try to pedal the bike while it's on it's kickstands, it's almost impossible to crank the engine.
Since this is my first moped, I'm not even sure if that's normal or perhaps one of the pegs fell out before I even bought this thing and it was just a matter of time it jammed the clutch and locked the engine up.