- Before operating your electric scooter:
Make sure the tires are inflated properly.
Small tires loose air pressure quickly and must be aired
frequently. Most small tires can accept air pressure to
85 psi.This allows the tire to properly contact the surface
and keeps the tube from rotating inside the tire during
braking and acceleration. If the tube rotates, the valve
stem will possibly be cut or torn from the inner tube. This
will require replacement of the inner tube.
Charge the battery. Batteries should
be charged frequently, especially after prolonged usage
that runs the battery down.Allow the batteries to cool for
an hour or more before charging. Heat will damage batteries
and it is helpful to keep batteries as cool as possible
during use or charging.
Keep the right tension on your drive
belt (or chain) during use. A loose drive belt will allow
the teeth to slip and wear at an excessive rate.Failure
of the belt will occur due to slippage or the heat generated
due to improper tension. The belt can be adjusted by moving
the rear tire forward or aft. Check your specification,
but look for approximately one-half to one-quarter inch
gap when pressing against the middle of the span. It is
important to prevent slippage.
When you change a belt due to wear be
sure to center it so that it does not ride against the side
of the belt hubs on the motor or rear tire.If it is not
centered properly it will cause the belt to try to jump
up on the edge of the hub and cause a tear in the edge of
the belt which will eventually cause the belt to completely
separate. Most dealers have a very limited replacement warranty
for belts due to improper installation and replacement.
Please check your belt often after replacement to insure
it is properly installed and centered on the drive hubs.
Lightly oil throttle and brake linkages
to prevent binding.Check nuts and bolts to insure they are
tight and cannot come loose. Wipe down the chrome pieces
to prevent rust.
Do not ride electric scooters through
water or mud, or even on wet grass since water can cause
failure of the electrical components!Electric scooters are
meant to be ridden on dry hard surfaces.
In this situation we will assume that
the battery has been charged or allowed to stand for several
hours (a battery will normally self-charge up to a point
and make the scooter power up for a fair distance). There
are generally two main suspects:
1. First suspect a loose or broken connection.
Take the top or deck off to see the wiring and inspect it
for any loose or broken connections on the battery, switch,
2. Second suspect the controller box
has failed. Since the controller is the heart of the system
it can fail in many ways to prevent current from being supplied
to the motor.
3. Other less likely suspects can be:
A battery that is completely open, supplying no current
and possible even testing as having no voltage. It can be
very briefly shorted with a wire to see if an arc is produced,
revealing current is present. See Below for more advise
It is also possible to have a bad brake lever or throttle
since both have wiring and switches or variable controls.
The brake lever has a power cut-off switch. The throttle
variably controls the speed of the scooter.
The scooter On/Off switch can be defective. Without a good
switch the scooter has no power, but the test of this is
the power light. Does the power light come on when the switch
is activated to the On position?
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After fully charging, powers only for short distance use
1. Suspect the battery charger or the
battery as the primary cause of short distance riding after
a lengthy or full charge.. If your battery charger does
not have charging indicator lights then you may not be charging
the battery at all if the charger is defective.
2. The battery may be self-charging to
only about 60% on it's own. If the battery is getting old
then it may not be able to hold a full charge and the battery
will need replacement.When suspected you can very briefly
arc across the battery terminals with a insulated wire to
see if it produces a nice arc. . It is also possible to
test some individual battery 12 volt cells using 12 volt
motors or lights that will show you the available current
capability. Is the 12 volt light dim on a charged battery?
Does the 12 volt motor run slowly when connected to the
cell? Similar type tests can be performed using a 24 volt
battery cell, too.
WARNING! Batteries contain acid that can explode, or the
vapors ignite from an arc. Batteries produce current and
voltage that can burn you when a shorted circuit occurs.Be
absolutely sure you know what you are doing before trying
any tests to eliminate a component from consideration of
3. You can take the battery to a shop
capable of testing the battery under a loaded condition.
Fully charge the battery and carefully remove it.Let a technician
determine the condition of the battery for you.
4. We absolutely recommend a high quality
Battery Charger as sold on our scooter parts page.
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SCOOTER TAKES OFF-WILL NOT STOP
A) If the scooter is moving when you turn the key to the
“on” position without turning the throttle you
will need to replace the throttle or control box.
B) If scooter takes off without turning the key to “on”
– you need to replace the control box
Scooter not moving and Lights do not work
using battery, but lights do work when you plug the charger
into the side of the scooter and also plug the charger into
the wall-Scooter will notmove at all and all lights do not
work (lights do work when you plug the charger into wall):
A) No fuse in fuse assembly= add one of the fuses includes
with the scooters
B) Bad Fuse= unscrew the cap only on the fuse holder. Remove
the fuse and make sure that the fuse is not blown (a good
fuse will have a solid wire from one end to the other, a
bad fuse=the wire inside is broken)
C) Bad fuse holder = fuse assembly may be cracked or have
a bad connection within it.
D) Bad control box
E) Possibly bad battery, although this is rare.
F) Wires behind fuse assembly have come off due to improper
replacement of fuses or loose wire connections to the battery.
This is always due to the customer rotating the whole fuse
assembly (when changing fuses) and twisting the 2 wires
that are in the back of the fuse holder. You must open up
scooter and reattach these wires to back of fuse assembly
or to batteryand control box. If this is the problem the
lights WILL work when you have the charger plugged in.
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