How To Fix An Electric Scooter: Safe And Proper Troubleshooting Steps
Even the most straightforward machines encounter problems, and that includes your electric scooter. You may be having the best ride of the day, and suddenly something goes wrong. Because it’s a small vehicle, it’s hard to say which part needs fixing. That’s why it’s essential to know how to fix an electric scooter the right way.
You have to know your vehicle well to recognize if it's undergoing strange changes. Typical parts that are prone to damage are the motor, battery, and controls. It is because they are sensitive and are active parts when using your scooter regularly. When you're wondering which part is the problem, you may go through the battery and charger first, then proceed to the circuit breaker, throttle, motor, and switches. The sooner you know the problem, the quicker you can fix it.
Electric scooters have minimum maintenance requirements, so you should be able to troubleshoot quickly.
When the Motor Won’t Run
In cases you encounter motor problems, that’s brought by a motor that refuses to run. When that happens, do the following:
- Ensure that the power switch is on, then check the circuit breaker.
- When you fail to turn those on, make the switch and push the scooter to start to check.
- If that won’t work, consider charging the battery fully as it may be draining. Check your charger and the port as it may have problems as well.
- You can further check the motor on all sides and senses.
- When you’ve done all the tests and can’t find the problem, consider consulting an expert.
Sometimes, your motor won't move because the chain or belt is not installed correctly. Place them appropriately and test if it moves. If you are experiencing the opposite, your motor won't stop running because of the speed controller's malfunction.
When the Speed Controller Won’t Function
In checking the speed controller, you start the same way when you check the motor. You have to make sure the power switch is on, and the circuit breaker or fuse is not overheated. You may then test the scooter to start and consider charging it when it fails to do so.
You can trace the wiring, and other components connected to the speed controller and double-check those, too. Doing these inspections will let you discover possible replacements and repairs beyond your control.
When the Battery Acts Up
Battery problems are common for electric scooters. One situation you might be caught up in is a battery that won't charge. You should first check the battery packs history of your scooter and prevent any overcharging and overly drained instances. It is also helpful to inspect the battery by smell apart from the physical form. A burning smell indicates that you shouldn't use it again as it may be hazardous.
You can go ahead and check if the charger port is damaged as well. Most of the time, it gets wet from extreme circumstances the scooter can handle like heavy rains. If water got in the port, it might not be capable of charging your scooter. It can also cause electrocution problems and may damage the vehicle further.
If your charger is not the issue, consider charging your battery pack for eight to ten hours and a test. A battery that's quick to lose power might have missed out on regular charging habits.
Knowing how to fix an electric scooter means running several tests on your vehicle. It will take several tries to identify the specific problem. Also, keep your manual with you at all times for proper guidance. Feel free to approach your manufacturer's customer service when you're not confident about doing the troubleshooting.