Electric Scooter Repairs and Maintenance
Electric scooter repairs are important and critical for the proper performance of your vehicle. You have probably owned your scooter for a while and haven’t had it checked out or inspected. You may have noticed a few differences from when you first tried it out in the store. Maybe it’s something with the brakes, or the throttle, or even the wheels. Whatever it may be, as an electric scooter owner, you should have a good understanding of how to repair and maintain your vehicle. If you own one, then continue reading to pick up on some basic scooter maintenance tips.
In this article, we are going to discuss a few problems common in scooters and how to repair them. As mentioned, we'll also discuss how to perform maintenance on your vehicle.
Electric Scooter Repair
There are three common problems that come with an electric scooter. You have probably encountered at least one of them and thought to yourself, "How do I fix this?" Well, let's look into it so you won't have to ask that question again.
- Scooter is not charging - this is a common problem and probably the most frustrating. Without the ability to charge, there is no way you can use your vehicle. Here are the things you need to do.
a. Check for loose connections and wires - There may be loose or faulty wires in your device's electrical wiring. It could be that the connection between the battery and the charging port is not stable or is faulty. To check this, simply open up the battery compartment, and with the use of a voltage meter, check whether the lines are sending the required electricity to where it should. Reconnect and tighten up any loose connections and make sure everything is connected properly.
b. Check the battery or charger - Faulty chargers are a common reason as to why your scooter is not charging. You can easily check this by simply plugging in your scooter to the charger and the charger to your wall outlet. There are indicators built-in that allow you to check the status of your charger or battery. Usually, a charger will have a green and red light. When plugged in, the red and green light together which indicates that it is charging. When the red light turns off and only the green light is on, it means the vehicle is fully charged and ready to go. When you plug it into the wall and your scooter and only the green light lights up, it may indicate a number of different things. It could be that the battery is already fully charged, the battery may need replacement, or there is a loose wire between the charging port and the battery, a faulty charger port, a burned out fuse, or a faulty battery charger. Figuring out which of these is the case will allow you to make the necessary repair or replacement.
- Scooter runs slowly - Slow speed is usually caused by a battery issue. But before you make a replacement, do a few checks first to rule out any other reason.
- Make sure your battery is fully charged, then test the speed.
- Make sure your scooter is not in a speed mode that limits top speed.
- Check the tire pressure of your scooter. Low or deflated tires affect the acceleration of your scooter.
- Some scooters have chain drives. If yours has one, check to make sure it is neither too tight or too loose and that the sprockets are well aligned.
- Check the brakes. Sometimes, brakes can be in a semi-active state which affects acceleration and top speed.
- If all of these are not the issue, then you can conclude that your battery needs replacement.
- Brakes are not working - This is a very important issue that needs to be repaired as soon as possible. There are a few different types of brakes on electric scooters.
- Electronic Brakes - Some scooters use a braking system that uses a switch to short the motor terminals, which produces resistance and prevents the motor from rotating. If you have this type of brake and it is not working, most likely, it is a switch or a wiring issue. So, check for any loose wires or parts.
- Disc Brakes - This is the more common braking method used in electric scooters. When you start hearing a scraping sound from your brakes, it means your brake pads may need adjusting or replacement, or that the calipers need realignment. In other cases, the brakes may be loose, and you simply need to adjust the tension on the cables. You can tighten the handbrake tension knob. You can also tighten the rear tension knob if you need more tension.
Electric Scooter Maintenance
If you do not like asking "Where is the nearest electric scooter service center?" Or, "How do I fix my electric scooter?" then it is best to learn how to maintain your vehicle. Scooter maintenance is critical to keeping your vehicle running nice and smooth. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind.
As a start, you need to do the following:
- Keep it clean
- Check the chain/belt
- Avoid rain
- Charge regularly
- Check bolts
Regularly doing these five things will save you from a ton of problems in the future.
Here are six golden rules to extend your battery life.
- Make sure you're using the original charger
- Charge your scooter after it cools down, not right after a ride.
- Keep your scooter above negative temperatures (Fahrenheit).
- Unplug your charger when your battery is full.
- Don't let your battery run completely dry.
- If your battery does run dry, charge it as soon as possible.
Maintain your battery and you will get a good number of rides out of it.
- Always turn off your scooter when cleaning it. You don't want to short out the electronics in your vehicle.
- Your scooter is not a bike and is most likely not waterproof. Never spray it with a hose.
- Wash your scooter outdoors.
As with cars, your scooter tires need to be replaced regularly. Worn out tires can make your ride riskier and more prone to accidents and punctures.
Maintaining the recommended tire pressure is always your best option. Always have a gauge with you and check your tires often. The recommended tire pressure optimizes the performance of your scooter. Too much, and the tires could burst. Too little, and it can affect your speed.
Brakes are crucial to your safety and the safety of your scooter. So, check the brakes regularly and make fine adjustments to obtain the following results:
- Battery savings
- Savings on brake pads, calipers, and shoes
- Save your rims' braking surface
- Free spin
- Get a faster ride
Grips will eventually wear out. When it starts to feel like you can’t maintain a grip on the handlebars, it is time to have your grips replaced.
Always check that your chain or belt has just the right amount of tension. Too loose or too tight is not good for your electric scooter's performance. Remember to lubricate your chain for a smooth function, but never lubricate a belt!
Knowing how to repair your electric scooter will save you time and money. Make sure you are familiar with the three major repairs mentioned above, as they are the most common. However, as they say, prevention is better than fixing. Performing regular maintenance is much more beneficial, and will save you time and money, as well as prolong the lifetime of your scooter.
Maintenance is often overlooked by a lot of owners and is most often the reason their vehicles break down. If you want to have an uninterrupted and enjoyable ride, be sure to keep on top of maintaining your scooter!