Electric Scooter Maintenace
How to maintain your electric scooter
Now that you've splashed out on an exciting e-scooter, you'll want to keep it in top shape. E-scooters require not just standard scooter maintenance, but a little extra TLC. Here's our guide to ensuring your electric scooter lasts as long as possible.
Setting up your new e-scooter is a little more complex than a normal one. In some cases, you may need to build your new scooter, so grab your tool kit (or multi-tool) at a minimum and get stuck into the instructions.
Once you're confident that you know which part goes where, take your time and don't over - or under-tighten anything. It's always worth lying out fiddly bits like nuts and washers out on a towel first too, so they don't go missing or get kicked out of sight.
Before you even start to unpack the scooter and components, plug your battery in and give it a charge. All e-scooter batteries should be charged fully before the first ride. You can use the charging time to actually build the scooter, plus it'll give you a chance to check that the battery and charging cable look good and are free from damage / looseness.
Try to charge your battery in a warm, dry place too, as cold weather and humidity can have a negative effect on charging efficiency and eventually even battery capacity. If you have an e-scooter with an integrated battery, then bring the whole scooter indoors.
Remember to disconnect the battery if you're going to be storing the scooter for long periods of time, as letting the battery drain while connected can cause damage, especially over months or years.
Test and adjust
If you're lucky enough to have bought an electric scooter that doesn't require too much assembly, or you've managed to get yours looking like it's ready to go, then you'll need to adjust it to meet your requirements. The handlebars are usually the starting point, so make sure they're firmly attached or clipped in place, then start adjusting. If your handlebars fold, then make sure they're feeling firm.
The brakes and brake cables may also require some attention. Make sure the cables are securely in place and pull the brake levers a few times to test them. They should feel firm and should not stick after a firm pull. Grab the Allen key that comes in the box and tighten or loosen appropriately.
Once everything feels comfortable, try pushing it along without the battery attached or the scooter switched on. Make sure the brakes work correctly and if you've got suspension, do a few test bounces to ensure everything feels as it should.
Tyres and wheels
As they're going to be doing a lot of work, your e-scooter's tyres need extra care to ensure longevity - and a safe ride. If your e-scooter's tyres are pneumatic (air-filled rubber), then you'll need to pump them up to the correct pressure before your first ride.
Maintaining the correct pressure is also very important. You'll not only go faster, but also enjoy more grip.
Connecting and riding
Before you connect your battery and begin scooting, go through a simple checklist to ensure you're riding safely and efficiently every time. Squeeze the tyres and check for leaks, punctures and low pressure, pull the brakes on and spin the wheels to check for stiffness or wobbles. If you've got lights, ensure they're charged up and check your deck tape (if you have it) for peeling or damage.
If you're happy with how everything looks, then connect your battery, making sure it's on tightly. Loose connections can damage batteries.
Once you've finished scooting, store your battery safely away somewhere warm and dry and consider giving everything a wash. Bike cleaners will do a decent job, so give it a good scrub and make sure it's dry before attaching the battery and switching on.
This is also a good opportunity to grab some light machine oil and apply it to the wheels and folding mechanism (if your scooter folds), keeping away any squeaks.
E-scooter servicing at Halfords
To keep your e-scooter in top condition, why not leave the hard work to Halfords? Our in-store e-scooter experts have the tools and knowledge to repair and maintain all types of e-scooter, so you can focus on whizzing along safe in the knowledge that your scooter is performing at its best. Check out our e-scooter service plans to find out more.E-Scooter Servicing