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Electric Scooter Maintenance Guide

Electric scooters require very little maintenance, and their ongoing running costs are generally very low. However, investing a little of your time to regularly check and maintain a few basic areas will result in your escooter lasting longer and staying in great condition, ride after ride.

Here are a few tips on keeping your electric scooter in the best possible working order for longer.

Cleaning

Any build-up of dirt and debris from the roads or tracks you ride on can cause problems for your electric scooter further down the line. We recommend cleaning your scooter every couple of weeks, or as soon as you get home from a particularly muddy ride to prevent more serious issues developing. To clean the escooter, wipe down with a damp cloth and use a toothbrush to get into small spaces. Don’t use a pressure washer or hose, as the water could affect the electrical components and remove the lubricant that keeps the scooter moving smoothly.

Battery

It’s a good idea to visually check your battery every so often, looking for corrosion or chemical leakage, which can be a sign that it’s time to change it. Other indicators that your battery’s health is in decline is if it’s losing charge faster or not holding charge at all. To maximise the life of your escooter battery, it’s important that you don’t let it fully drain. Keep your battery level at around 90% where possible, and don’t allow it to overcharge. Try to avoid exposing your electric scooter to extremes of high or low temperature, as that also decreases battery function.

Tyres

For electric scooters with inflatable tyres, it’s important to check the tyre pressure regularly. A quick and easy way to see if they need more air is to just push down on them with your thumb. If your thumb sinks into the tyre, it’s time to check the manufacturer’s manual for the correct psi and refill. It’s worth checking tyres weekly as under-inflated tyres can cause punctures and negatively affect the escooter’s steering.

Bolts, Screws & Joints

Every month or so, check that all the bolts and screws on your electric scooter are properly tightened, keeping the frame completely secure. In particular, keep an eye on the folding joints, which may loosen with regular use. While you are checking the joints, it’s worth checking the lubrication levels, as proper lubrication prevents friction damage.

Brakes

Brakes should also be checked regularly to keep them working effectively. Disk brakes may need to be adjusted, and excessively worn brake pads may need to be replaced in order to prevent tyre damage – refer to the manual for more detail.

Those are the main areas to concentrate on when maintaining your electric scooter, though the manufacturer’s instruction manual will provide more information on preventative care and replacement parts.

Investing your time in a little regular maintenance can make a big difference to both the lifespan and ride quality you achieve from your escooter. By setting aside just a few minutes a week, you can keep your escooter looking pristine and riding like a dream.
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