An electric scooter is common nowadays. According to many, it is a good alternative to the conventional wheelchair due to many factors such as easy to operate, easy to access, powered by battery, comfortable and many others. However, this mode of transportation is very expensive. The price ranges from $200 to $700 or more, and it depends on the features included and of course the manufacturers. Given the high cost, it is vital for owners to keep the scooter in a good condition so you can avoid constant repairs. Here are tips on how to take good care of your electronic scooter.
What is Electric Scooter?
An electric scooter is a plug-in electric vehicle that comes with 2 or 3 wheels. It is powered by electricity which is stored on a rechargeable battery board that drives one or two electric motors. An electric motor looks like the typical motorcycles which come with a step-through frame.
How to Extend the Life of Your Electric Scooter
To keep your unit up and running:
1. You must keep the tire inflated since a smaller tire loses air pressure quickly. This might lead to the tube circling inside the tire during acceleration and braking. Thus, the valve might get wreck and destroyed. This also needs to motor to work double time, leading to burnt brushes or armatures.
2. To keep your electric scooter up and running, make sure the battery is charged often and after returning to the room temp. Heat can damage the battery. Hence, it is highly recommended to cool it before charging.
3. Pressure on the drive chain or drive belt should match the specification of the manufacturer. The loose drive belt can lead to slippage and damage the belt easily. So, move the rear tire backward or forward to leave about ½ to ¼ inch space while pressing against the center of the span. The center position is also needed; if it doesn’t ride against the side of the belt hub on the rear tire or motor, it might jump up on the rim resulting to the locking of the wheel. This is very dangerous as it can lead to an accident. So, you need to carefully check the drive belt prior and after you use the unit.
4. Brake and throttle linkages need right and proper lubrication to avoid binding. It is irrational to use your electric scooter on a wet surface; the mud or water can harm the components.
To address minor issues such as:
Interrupted power: The main culprit of interrupted power can be a broken or loose connection. Low charge batter can also result in the interruption of power. If the main reason is a broken connection, you need to check the wiring, make sure there is no fractured linkage. Interrupted power can be due to the malfunctioning of the master switch and broken controller box. A master switch can be replaced, but the controller box cannot be. Aside from the points above, interruption of power can be due to losing connection of cable at the back the fuse assembly that connects to the battery.