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Common Electric Scooter Problems and How to Fix Them

Electric scooters are the modern way to compute. They offer the facility of going anywhere, anytime you want. These portable and smart scooters are a great way to Travel short distances.

To ensure the long guilty of your scooter’s life and to prevent expensive repairs and maintenance costs, there are a couple of mindful things that you should keep in mind while using an electric scooter.

However, in most cases, the problems are very minor and you can fix them on your phone without any professional help. The key here is to take proper precautions when fixing your electric scooter.

Your priority should be your safety. Therefore, we highly recommend that you do not touch things or components that you’re unsure of how to repair.

So without any further ado let’s begin.

Problem 1: Battery dies

A dead battery is among the most common issues that an electric scooter owner faces. This generally results because of extremely cold temperatures, improper charging, Slowly degrading battery capacity, or defective battery.

Bear in mind a dead battery is not the same as a low battery. A dead battery would not turn on while a low battery still has some energy left. You can resolve low battery issues by simply putting your electric scooter on charge.

How to Fix It?

In order to fix a dead battery the first and the most effective solution is to simply "Charge" it.

However, charging a battery that is dead would require more time in comparison to a low battery. Therefore, we always recommend that you charge your electric scooter's battery before it dies away.

A good rule of thumb is to charge the scooter’s battery at the end of the day.

In case your battery is not charging, try using another socket. If it works in that socket it means there was a problem with your socket.

However, if it's not, we recommend investing in a voltmeter to check if your battery is charging or not.

In case, the problem still persists then we believe it is time for you to discard the old battery and replace it with a new one.

Problem 2: Engine heats up

Another common problem that an electric scooter owner tends to face is that the engine of the scooter heats up. This problem can arise due to poor handling of the electric scooter or the environment that it is operating in.

For instance, overloading and high temperature are among the common causes that lead to engine heating.

To ensure that this problem does not have an adverse impact on the battery and engine's life, it is imperative that you turn the electric scooter off once you feel that the engine is heating up.

How to Fix It?

Instantly shut your electric scooter. Give it some time to cool down before you check,  what is wrong with it. Once you believe that it is safe to touch your electric scooter, we recommend checking the electric controller, fuse, or wiring to identify the issue.

In case there’s something wrong with the wiring or the fuse you still can use your electric scooter.

However, do not procrastinate once you reach home, call the technician immediately and get the problem fixed. Also, we recommend not using your electric scooter until you resolve the issue.

Problem 3: Fuse blows

Another common is that the circuit breaker trips or the fuse blow.

Overloading is the most common cause that leads to this problem. Once the fuse blows your electric scooter will not turn on. Frequent fuse blows would result in damaging the motor, and speed controller of your scooter.

How to Fix It?

First thing first, you need to check if the main ignition fuses are on or off. In case it is not, simply turn it on. Start your engine and see if it responds. If it does not we believe it is time for you to get a new fuse.

We do not recommend changing the fuse on your own. On the contrary,  contact the technician and make then remove the damaged fuse and replace it with a new one.

Problem 4: The scooter is slowing down

In case your scooter is stopping during trips or is slowing down, especially on flat roads you need to look into the batteries.

Fortunately, there is a fix for this issue as well.

How to Fix it?

When it comes to batteries, the only fix is to replace them with a new ones. Switching to a new battery would avoid any inconvenience in the near future.

In case you are not able to replace your battery yet, just make sure that you do not overcharge or undercharge it in order to prolong its life span.

 Problem 5: Kill switches on

Modern electric scooters are environment friendly, therefore they come with a kill switch that lets them save energy once you stop using your scooter.

It's good practice to turn the kill switch on when you are charging the scooter or it is not in use.

How to Fix it?

Before you charge your scooter see if the kill switch is on or off. In case it is on, simply turn it off and restart your engine. However, if the switch is off you need to check the engine and the battery of your electric scooter. If you still can’t figure out why your engine is not starting, It is time for you to contact a technician.

Problem 6: Faulty speed controller

Being an electric scooter owner, we do believe that you might have encountered an issue with the speed controller. Speed control is responsible for managing the speed of the scooter and keeping it within a predefined range.

It is an important part of the electric scooter, and it is prone to damage. Thus, you need to pay extra attention to it.

To increase the life span of your speed controller you need to take good care of your electric scooter.

How To Fix It?

Start with dismantling the speed controller. Then look for any damaged wires or loosen up wires. If you encounter them simply replace or tighten them up.

Now reassemble to get your scooter up and about. To ensure your safety and to avoid making mistakes pay extra attention to reassembling.

Never forget to check the acceleration of the scooter. See if it’s running smoothly!

Problem 7: Little to no acceleration

Like the previous issue, this is also about the speed of your electric scooter. In case your scooter is not accelerating or moving fast on flat ground, we believe there is something wrong with the electric scooter.

How To Fix It?

To fix the issue first check your fuse along with your speed controller. Generally, a blown fuse or a speed controller causes speed issues.

Also, check the wires in case they are causing the issue. In case you do not find any problem with the wiring, fuse, and controller allow a professional to check your electric scooter immediately.

Problem 8: The electric scooter shuts off while riding

In case your electric scooter turns off while you're riding it, this means there's something wrong with your circuit breaker.

How To Fix It?

Start with checking the circuit breaker or fuse of your scooter. See if the wires are loose or it is heated.

If the wires are loose tighten them up. Generally, overloading or steep inclines result in circuit tripping. A good idea here is to wait for a couple of seconds, allow the scooter to cool down, and then restart it. This is a temporary fix.

However, for a permanent solution, you need to contact a professional and let them inspect your electric scooter.

Problem 9:  Problem with battery charger

Sometimes if your electric scooter is not charging properly it is not because of the battery or the wiring On the contrary, it is due to a faulty charger. You might also be plugging them in a socket with lower or higher voltage. Using a defective charger can result in inconvenience.

How To Fix It?

The first thing that you need to do is to plug your scooter into the socket and see if that works. All charges come with a light indicator that shows whether electricity is being received or not. In case the indicator is not showing the sign of electricity, it means you need to get a new charger.

Definitely use a voltmeter to check the output of your charger. Also, before you invest in a new electric scooter charger you need to ensure that it is compatible with your house's power voltage. As doing so would enhance the lifespan of your charger and avoid any sort of damage in the future.

Problem 10: The Tire is flat

This is perhaps the most common electric scooter problem that you might have come across. Scooter owners that have air-filed or a few pneumatics tires need to watch out for this problem.

How To Fix It?

In case there's a puncher on your tire, a temporary solution is to apply a sealant. However, this works if the puncher is small in size.

In case it is too big, the best course of action is to simply replace it with a new tire.

Removing the wheel and replacing the tire can be a daunting task. How you remove the tire and the wheel also depends upon the model of the electric scooter.

Therefore, to be on the safe side we always recommend reaching out to a professional to ensure the safety, efficiency, and longevity of your electric scooter.

Take away

There is no denying that prevention is better than cure. Therefore to avoid these common issues it is better to prevent them in the first place. Yes, most electric scooters are low maintenance and you do not need a thorough cleaning. However, paying for regular checkups and cleaning your scooter enough would do great to sustain its efficiency and life span.

In order to prevent any damage and prolong the life span of the electric scooter, we recommend taking care of your scooter before, during, and after using it.

For more information, you can always reach out to us.

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