Scooters are great for mobility, but sometimes they experience problems and not all of them require professional repair. Let’s take a look at some of the most common and methods by which you can repair yours and get it moving again.
Fuse/Circuit Breaker Issues
Not all scooters use a fuse, but sometimes they burn out and can be replaced by the user. A visual check can help determine this: hold the fuse up to a light source and check to see if you can observe burn marks along the interior of the glass casing. If so, then the fuse needs to be replaced.
Alternatively, some electric scooters use a circuit breaker which may ‘pop’ in the event of an overload. If you observe this to be the case, push on or flip the breaker to trigger a reset. If it does not reset then you will need to seek the services of a professional.
Give the Battery a Full Charge
When left alone for too long, batteries drain, and those that have not been charged in more than three months will discharge partially. Most battery packs will require a full eight hours, and on that note, never leave the battery charged in for more than 12 hours as overcharging can cause permanent damage.
Investigate the Battery Charger
A defective battery charger will result in your scooter failing to start, and you can verify this with a simple visual inspection. Plug the battery charger into the nearest outlet and check the indicator lights; if no lights are illuminated, there is a chance that the battery charger is defective.
For a more in-depth check, you may use a multimeter to test the output of the battery charger.
Note: Before you check the battery, read the side to determine what voltage the battery outputs to the scooter. Scooter batteries normally come in the following voltages:
Your objective is to check whether or not the charger is outputting a higher voltage than the battery. If the voltage is zero, or if it is not a few Volts above the battery, then it is either defective, or you need to purchase one that works with your battery. This type of issue can be common when purchasing a higher voltage battery and attempting to use an older charger.
Brake Lever Switch
In an electric scooter system, the brake lever switch tells the speed controller to deactivate once the user applies the brakes, but when the switch fails it locks in the on position for safety reasons. In plain English: it keeps the scooter from running. If you disconnect the brake lever switch from the speed controller it may run and if so, you may need to seek professional help to correct the problem.
These might be the most common issues, but there are many more that you’ll have to watch out for to keep your scooter in good condition. Keep up with routine maintenance, and don’t be afraid to call a professional if you need to!
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