No matter if you buy an expensive or cheap electric scooter for kids, you will need to keep it maintained for your scooter to perform and last as it should. Electric scooter maintenance is essential, and so I decided to write an article that will help you keep your electric scooter in tip-top shape.
4 Electric Scooter Maintenance Tips
Some basic electric scooter maintenance tips will help you keep your scooter running smoothly. You will need to maintain the tire pressure, chain or belt tension, lubing the scooter, and battery maintenance. Here are some tips for maintaining your scooter.
Tire pressure is essential to maintain because low tire pressure can cause your scooter to work too hard to move and will lead to your tires wearing out prematurely.
You can check the tire pressure with your fingers. If you can press the tire in with your fingers, then you need to check your tire pressure more thoroughly. You can use a primary tire pressure gauge to do this. They are inexpensive and will be an invaluable maintenance tool.
If your tire pressure is low, then check your owners manual to see what the correct pressure is. Fill your tires up with an air pump or compressor to the manufactures specified limit.
It is normal for small tires to lose pressure over time. If you think your tire leaks, carefully spray soapy water on the tire making sure not to overspray on the motor or electric wires. If you see bubbles rising off of your tire, you leak.
Chain Or Belt Tension
You need to keep an eye on your chain or belt tension while using your scooter. Riding a scooter with a loose chain will cause your chain and socket to wear out prematurely. Eventually, slippage will occur, and the scooter will become inoperable.
A loose belt will cause excessive heat and eventually cause the belt to break. If you have to replace the belt, make sure you position it so that it is not rubbing on any other part of the scooter. Read your owners manual on all the steps it takes to replace a belt and how to tell if you have the proper tension that they recommend.
Lubricating Your Electric Scooter
Just like any other bike or vehicle, don’t forget the oil. Moving parts need lubrication. You need to lubricate the chain of your scooter, and the throttle and brake linkages as well. Make sure you use the proper lubricant. Refer to your owners manual for the appropriate type of oil.
Make sure you clean the areas you are oiling. Nothing will foul a chain or linkage quicker than dirt mixed with oil.
Batteries are an integral part of your electric scooter. Without good batteries, you won’t be going far. Always use a manufacturer approved battery charger. That charger should have an indicator light or gauge that will tell you when your battery is charged. Do not leave your battery in the charger after it is charged. This will cause damage to your battery.
If you notice your battery no longer holding the same amount of charge or not lasting as long as it used to, this means your battery is getting old. You will need to replace your battery.
Pay attention to corrosion and any chemicals that might be leaking from the battery. If you notice any leaks, replace the battery immediately. If you see corrosion on the terminals or battery connectors, clean the corrosion off.
Remember to charge your battery after the battery has cooled. This will help extend the life of your battery.
Videos On How To Maintain Your Scooter
If you are like me, sometimes you need to see it rather than just read about it. I have found a couple of videos on YouTube that will help you learn electric scooter maintenance.
Electric Scooter And E-Bike Maintenance
How To Lubricate An Electric Scooter
How To Troubleshoot Your Electric Scooter Problems
Well, there you have it. I think you should now be prepared to keep your scooter in tip-top shape using these electric scooter maintenance tips and tricks. If you have found some cool maintenance tips, please feel free to share them with us in the comment section below.
If you are in the market for an electric scooter for your child, then you might want to read our list of the best electric scooters for kids. Alternatively, you can read our electric scooter reviews and other informative articles on electric scooters like our buying guide.