Troubleshooting Your Electric Scooter Engine
An electric scooter is something that is a great alternative to a gas scooter and especially to a vehicle. Because they are electric, they can be charged at an electrical outlet. They are great for short distances and will require no gas and give off no pollution at all. Whenever you need to troubleshoot the engine of your electric scooter, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind. This is slightly different than troubleshooting for a gas powered scooter engine.
Running Motor with No Movement
If you find that your scooter has a running motor but is not moving, then this could mean a few different things. You will need to first apply some speed to your throttle. You are looking to see if the engine revs up at all. You will also check to look and see if the back wheel spins whenever you are revving up the engine. If you notice that the engine will rev without the back wheel spinning at all, then it is likely that one of your drive belts is loose. This is something that is not very difficult to fix.
If it is in fact your drive belt, then you will need to check it as well as the sprocket of the bike and the drive chain to make sure that they are not very worn out. The belt itself is going to need to be taut, as it cannot wobble or sag at all whenever the engine is running. Look out for any places that are especially brittle or dry and keep your eye open for cracks. If it looks like it is not in good shape, then you will simply need to replace it.
Motor Does Not Run
If your motor does not run, then the first thing that you should do is check out the battery. Make sure that it is plugged in as it should be and that all of the connectors are doing their job. You will then need to look to make sure that the battery charger is charging your battery like it should be. The best way for you to be able to do this is to test it with a battery charger. See if it will charge using a different type of unit. Another thing that you can do is check the actual outlet that you are going to be charging your battery from. Try plugging in a different appliance to see if it is working at all.
Something else that you should do if your motor is not running is to check out the output voltage for your actual battery. You will then need to compare it to the battery levels that it should be at. This can be found on the manual of your scooter. Your scooter needs a good output in order to run properly. If the battery has not been used, then it should be over the rated voltage level.