So, you’ve found the perfect electric scooter. Now, you need to make sure that it runs correctly. This can mean keeping it fully charged and being careful.
However, just like with any product – some issues may arise, and the scooter might fail you at times.
This can be really annoying and you may think of replacing your scooter. That doesn’t have to be the case – you can actually learn to repair your scooter, allowing it to run again.
Most Common Issues with Electric Scooters
So, here are the most common issues that scooters run into, and the solutions for each one.
Side note: While these are common issues, and can be fixed fairly easily – take proper caution if you feel the scooter isn’t fixed after executing the advice given below. Please remain safe. Electric scooter safety comes first.
Don’t perform any task that you don’t feel 100% comfortable completing – a professional can always help you out. This ensures your own safety and also prevents any lasting damage to your scooter.
Please make sure that you take all the precautions necessary.
1. A Dead battery
There’s a big difference between a low battery and a battery that is dead. When the battery is low, your scooter will turn on, but you won’t be able to get it to run. This is because your battery is failing to get enough power to run the motor. Simply solve this by charging.
On the other hand, when you have a dead battery, your scooter will not turn on at all. It will be completely lifeless – not responding at all.
The repair solution: A dead battery is actually one of the most common problems with electric scooters, which is good news. There’s more chance of finding a solution, the more common the problem.
Usually, all you need to do is charge it. Just remember, it might take longer than usual if the battery is completely dead. Don’t lose hope.
To avoid this, make sure that you recharge the battery before it completely dies. This will ensure that it never dies, and it won’t take as long to charge up.
If charging it doesn’t make any kind of difference, you may need to invest in a voltmeter. A voltmeter will check if your battery is charging or not. If it isn’t, it’s time to replace the battery.
2. A blown fuse
As with any electrical item, you will find that scooters run into numerous electrical problems.
A common problem is a flipped or blown fuse. If this happens, your scooter just will not respond when you turn it on.
The repair solution: Firstly, you need to check to see if the main ignition fuses are flipped. Set them to “on”, and try to start the engine again. Hopefully, this works.
If this doesn’t work, the fuse is blown. The good news – you can just repair it by replacing that particular fuse. Of course, if you feel qualified, you can do this yourself. However, we recommend that you go to a professional.
3. Running for shorter than usual
Have you noticed that your electric scooter’s endurance isn’t quite what it used to be?
When your scooter isn’t running well, slowing down, or stopping after a while – your batteries could have worn down.
Don’t get this mixed up with when you’re going uphill. Your speed will reduce naturally when the track becomes more difficult.
If your scooter is slowing down on the flat ground, there is probably an issue with the battery. This isn’t the end of the world, though.
The repair solution: Actually, scooters dying prematurely is super common. It’s just because your batteries are old and used. They just don’t hold the charge for long, and they require longer to charge them.
You should replace your batteries if you’re certain this is the issue.
Another thing that can cause your scooter to run slower – tires. If your tires are flat or flatter than usual, this could reduce your speed.
Make a habit of airing up your tires/repairing them. It could make a world of difference.
4. Weak or no acceleration
A similar issue – some electric scooters seem to barely or not accelerate. It doesn’t matter how much power you give it, they go super slow or don’t move at all.
If this is happening, there are a few resolutions that you can try out.
The repair solution: The most common reason for this issue is a fuse or electric controller problem. Check if the fuse is flipped or blown (which we mentioned earlier).
Also, check if you have an electrical issue. When these issues arrive, the engine cannot extract power from the battery, and the scooter simply won’t move, or won’t move very fast.
For this, you will need to send it to a professional. This is considered a mechanical issue – you don’t want to make it any worse.
5. Electric controller problem
Every single electric scooter has an electric controller. This is essentially an electric board, filled with all the wires and fuses that make your scooter run.
As with any other electrical item, if water gets into this area, the circuits will be affected. If this happens, the engine may fail and the scooter may not turn on at all.
The repair solution: Make sure that you’re super careful whenever touching the electric controller. First, you can try securing the wires that may be loose – this could be a super easy solution.
If you can’t seem to fix it, you will need to send it to a professional for repairs. Thankfully, this is a fairly easy issue to solve.
6. Engine heating up
This is a worrying issue that can really spark concern.
Luckily, most new models of scooters shut down your scooter when this starts happening. This is a safety feature that also prevents any more damage from occurring.
You will feel the heart when you get close to your engine. If you notice this, it could mean that your battery is heating up your scooter.
If you leave this too long, your battery will be negatively impacted and it will fail utterly.
The repair solution: Obviously, the first step you should take is turning off your scooter. Let it cool down, and then check for any damage. If damage has occurred, it will usually be on the wiring or fuses.
Look at solving electrical controller issues, if this is the case.
Remember, if there are wiring or fuse problems, your scooter may still run. However, you should avoid using it until it’s fixed, as it could cause irreplaceable damage to your battery.
You can always tell if your engine is overheating. However, this isn’t necessarily an issue that you can fix yourself. Send it to be repaired by a professional as soon as you notice.
7. Faulty battery charger
If you have a faulty battery charger, your scooter probably won’t start at all.
The reason – your scooter requires charge and is just not getting it. This is an easy issue to check and solve.
The repair solution: Plug your charger into any outlet, and see if the indicator lights turn on. If they do not, the charger is likely to be broken. It’s easy to test.
If you’re unsure, you can purchase a voltmeter (which we mentioned earlier). This will help you check the charger’s output.
This is a super easy fix – just buy a new battery charger. Of course, make sure that it is compatible with your scooter. This means making sure that the voltage is comparable to that of the battery.
Of course, you must also make sure that the outlet voltage is harmonious, too.
8. Kill switch on
Have you noticed that your scooter has a kill switch? It’s there to help you save energy.
Your manual will recommend that you turn it on when you’re finished on the scooter. You should also consider turning this on while it is charging.
The repair solution: If your engine isn’t starting, make sure your kill switch isn’t turned on. It’s usually on the scooter’s engine. This is super easy.
9. Brake lever switch
This is a little similar to the kill switch. The brake lever switch may accidentally get turned on, without you knowing. This could make you believe something serious is wrong.
The brake lever switch, once applied, deactivates the entire system. It is connected to the scooter’s throttle system.
It’s a safety feature that can save lives. It’s an important part of the scooter but can fail at times.
The repair solution: The wiring in the brake lever switch can come loose. This is a regular occurrence. Simply check for any loose wires, and then reconnect them.
If this doesn’t work, it’s best to hand it over to a professional.
10. Faulty speed controller
Another essential part of your scooter – the speed controller. This is what allows your scooter to automatically keep its speed in a certain range. It is essentially speed control and is incredibly reliable.
The repair solution: While it’s essential, it can also break. Don’t worry, you can fix this yourself. To do this, you will need to dismantle the speed controller and tighten any loose wires/replacing any broken ones.
Take extra caution when reassembling everything back together. This is where mistakes can easily be made. Always test your scooter briefly, to make sure that it’s all fixed and ready to go.
Electric Scooter Repair
We’ve only mentioned the most common issues. Sometimes, the solutions suggested are not the answers that you are looking for.
It’s important to always be sure of the issue, and the solution you will use. You risk creating further damage to your scooter if you use the wrong repairing solution.
If you are unsure, it is best to send it to professional repair services that are qualified and equipped to fix such problems.
We know that it’s frustrating when things break on your electric scooter, but mechanical and electrical items will always run into problems like this.
The good news is, it’s actually relatively easy to fix your electrical scooter – even from the comfort of your own home.
Remember, the manual provided with your scooter may also list common problems. This could help you troubleshoot some of the rarer issues.
Stay safe, always take precaution, and regularly test your scooter for any issues.