How To Fix A Razor Scooter? – Knowing What’s The Culprit
Razor scooters are plentiful and affordable, which is why it is one of the highest-selling products in the market. As it is light and manageable, it can take you to places without the bother of parking space and fees. It is perfect for the everyday commute. So if you have one, you should know what you need to do for your scooter to last. And if there is a problem or two with your model, you should take the time to fix it ASAP. Are you having trouble with your unit? Here is how to fix a razor scooter.
Possible Problems With Your Razor Scooter
Required Kick Start
There is an E1 series scooter feature where the motor won’t spin without a kick start and rolling at around three mph. Probably, this feature is to avoid burning out the tiny engine. Sometimes, all you hear is a click from the controller, and people assume they have a defective one. There is a hack to remedy this. Place the scooter on an elevated surface with the back wheel hanging off, so it spins freely. Turn your scooter on and hold the throttle, then spin the rear wheel forward with your other hand. Now, the motor should then engage.
You can try by testing your batteries. The first step is to load test the batteries, even if they are brand new, as one or more could be defective. A standard load test, assuming the scooter won’t run when the throttle is twisted, would be, first, to leave the scooter on the floor. Now, turn it on, twist the throttle on full, and see the battery gauge on the throttle. If the green 'FULL' light goes out and only the red 'POWER' light and yellow 'LOW' light remain on, then the battery pack is dropping too much. Voltage under load is causing the problem. If that is the case, then you need to change the batteries.
Most scooters have a brake lever with an electric switch so that when the brake is squeezed, it also stops the motor from spinning. With this, you can disconnect the brake switch, and the scooter will still go. Not so if you have a Razor E100 - its brake switch is inversely wired, so when you press the lever, it opens the switch. This controller also disables the motor when there's no contact. This is a potential problem if your brake switch has disconnected at the connector or has a cut or lousy wire. Then, your E100 scooter will no longer roll.
Checking this is easy with a paper-clip. You simply remove your brake switch. Then, bend and insert a paper clip to connect both the two yellow wires in your brake. Test it, and if the wheel now turns, you have identified your problem.
Controller and Battery
And finally, if all the other things are good, but the motor still won't spin, then the problem must be in the controller or the motor. Motors seldom go wrong, so at this point, it must be the controller. There is a way to test the motor, and that is by connecting it to the battery. Be mindful not to make a short circuit when you do this.
When you try and fix your Razor scooter, always observe safety precautions. If you have tried all the things listed above and your scooter won’t still run, take it to a Razor service center or a shop nearby.