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Does it wobble when you’re hopping and doing some tricks? Does it feel slower than it was?
If you noticed that the performance is a bit slower than it used to, then maybe it needs a little checkup. Though kick scooters require low maintenance, it needs a little TLC to keep it in its best shape and prolong the fun adventure.
In this article, we’re giving you maintenance tips and ideas and instructions for common kick scooter repairs.
Why Is It Important to Take Care of Your Kick Scooter?
If you continuously use your kick scooter and perform a bunch of different stunts, you probably know that it takes a lot of beating. It causes more wear and tear that shortens the life of your kick scooter and slows down the ride. So, regular preventive maintenance is essential in reducing the probability of significant problems and keeping its performance at its best.
Benefits of Preventive Maintenance:
Here are several advantages of preventive maintenance in your kick scooter.
- You get more familiar with your kick scooter.
- It prevents fatal hazards and keeps you safe.
- Makes your kick scooter more reliable.
- You can do it yourself, which helps you to save more and avoid costly repairs.
- Keeps your kick scooter at its optimum performance, making it more enjoyable to ride and perform stunts.
The Downsides of Corrective Maintenance:
Meanwhile, neglecting preventive maintenance can cause more troubles and lead you to corrective maintenance which has many disadvantages such as the following:
- Higher probability of accidents.
- It requires a higher cost.
- It puts your life and other traffic participants’ lives in danger.
- It usually needs the help of professionals.
- It leads to the poor riding experience.
- Your kick scooter won’t be available for several days due to some repair. Thus, you need to calculate the cost for cab or car.
Therefore, keeping your eyes open to potential problems is vital to prolonging your scooter’s life. So, we’ll share some tips and techniques on how to look after your kick scooter.
Maintenance Techniques to Keep your Scooter in Good Shape
Here are some tips in prolonging your kick scooter’s life:
- Store it in a dry space such as inside a garage or a house because if it gets wet or left out in a cold area, the main steering and the wheel components could get muddy and rusty. And it can affect the smoothness of the overall ride.
- If it starts running slowly, change the wheels and bearings. New wheels can help improve the speed of your scooter.
- Practice new riding techniques and keep your body in tight to the kick scooter while hopping or doing any tricks to reduce the wind resistance.
A Quick Checkup Before Each Ride
- Always check if the quick-release levers, nuts and bolts are tight enough to prevent the scooter from wobbling, especially when doing tricks.
- Monitor the tire pressure. The recommended pressure for kick scooter is on the side of each tire.
- Inspect tires if there is any damage and if it needs replacement.
- Make sure brakes are functioning correctly.
- Regularly check the brake pads and potential contact with rims.
- Monitor the brake cable’s position.
- If you’re planning to ride in the dark, make sure lights are working.
- Check the handlebar if it moves freely and isn’t loose.
- Lubricate the brake cables using a multipurpose 3-in-1 oil.
- Check the tightness of spokes and tighten if needed.
- Inspect the tires if there is any damage and replace it if necessary.
- Clean the tires and frame regularly with water and protect it by applying a non-abrasive polish wax.
- Monitor the wheel bearing and take your scooter to a shop if it needs adjustment.
General Maintenance and Repairs
Kick scooters’ wear and tear usually vary from model to model, but they share similar components in common. So now, we will give you ideas on how to maintain and fix your kick scooter.
Handle Grip Replacement
Grips are essential assets of your scooter because they help absorb shock from drops and gap, but they can wear and tear after continuous use. If your hands hurt or slip while riding your scooter, then, it’s time for some handle grip replacement.
Steps in Replacing Your Handle Grips:
There are two ways of replacing the handle grips. The first one involves warm water while the other one doesn’t need any liquid but an air compressor instead. Here’s a quick guide on how to do it.
List of the tools required:
- A container for water
- Utility Scissors
- Warm water
- New scooter handle grips
- Cut the grips off by wedging one end of the utility scissor between the metal tube and the handle grip.
- Soak the new handle grips in warm water for about 2 – 3 minutes. The longer you soak it, the larger they get but remember that soaking it longer than a few minutes can damage them.
- Let the inside of the new handle grip get dry, then slide and insert the handle grips onto the T-tube headset.
- If the grips still won’t slide with ease, soak it again to warm water for an additional 1 – 3 minutes.
- Lastly, let the handle grips dry and shrink back to their usual size for about 24 hours before using.
Here’s another efficient way of replacing grip without much work and materials needed.
- Air Compressor
- New handle grip
- Insert the nozzle of the compressor between the grips and handlebar and turn it on.
- After some tag and pull, it should loosen and slide off easily. And that’s it! You’re done removing the old worn grips, and you just have to use the same method in applying the new one.
Scooter wheels could deform and form flat spots and crack over time which causes a rough ride. Thus, replacing the damaged wheels are necessary and here’s a how-to guide for kick scooter wheel and bearings replacement.
Tools needed for scooter wheels replacement:
- Two 3/16″ Allen wrench
- New Scooter Wheel
- Other Necessary Parts
- Reverse the scooter’s position with the handlebars on the ground.
- Then, insert each 3/16″ Allen wrench on each screw located on the sides of the wheel.
- You should then hold one screw in place and turn the other in a counterclockwise direction to loosen and remove it.
- After removing the screws, the wheel will be free and easy to remove.
- Be careful not to over-tighten screws during the reassembly as it may strip them. It should be just tight enough to prevent the wheel from wobbling.
- Look for a metal sleeve in the centre of the bearing when you’re replacing the wheel that is probably out of line. If you would force a screw through a sleeve that is not in line, it can potentially ruin the new scooter wheel.
- Remove all the visible obstructions inside the bearing of the new scooter wheel.
- Then, move the inner sleeve in the bearing with an Allen key. It allows the screw to slide into the bearing freely.
- Lastly, put the replacement wheel in place in the frame of the scooter.
Steering Column Alignment
Aligning the steering column with the front wheel can help your scooter move appropriately in the right direction. It can be quite tricky, but by following the procedures below, you can do it the right way.
- 3/16″ Allen wrench
- Look for the collar clamp first which is usually located at the base of the steering column.
- Then, loosen the screw in the collar clamp using a 3/16″ Allen wrench.
- The collar clamp can now move freely and slide around the steering column.
- Hold the steering column firmly and turn the wheel with the other hand.
- Make sure that the kick scooter’s wheel is perpendicular to the handlebars and the alignment is correct.
- Put the collar clamp back it to its original position to clamp down the stem.
How to Tighten the T-tube Column:
If your steering column suddenly collapsed, you may correct it and prevent it from happening again by following these steps:
- First, locate the T-tube clamp, which is usually in the middle of the steering column.
- Then, pull the lever away from the scooter to open the clamp.
- Find the screw on the side of the clamp. Then, turn the screw using your hand in a clockwise direction and close the clamp.
- If you find the lever too tight to close, loosen the screw a bit and try again to lock the T-tube in place.
How to Adjust the Steering Column:
Over time, your kick scooter may develop a problem with its steering column, and it can become too difficult or too easy to steer. Thus, it would require adjustment and here’s the right way to do it.
- Start by locating the tightening assembly, which consists of an upper and a lower nut.
- To loosen the steering column, turn the upper nut in a counterclockwise direction and turn the lower nut into the same direction until it is tight against the upper nut.
- If your scooter’s steering column is still too tight, repeat the second step until you achieve the desired steering column looseness.
- To tighten the steering column, turn the lower nut in a clockwise direction until you reach the desired tightness. Then, turn the upper nut clockwise until it is tight against the lower nut.
And that’s it! We hope you learned some insight from our maintenance and repair ideas for kick scooters. If you followed our steps, your kick scooter could gain more years which means more fun experiences. It’s essential to look after it, whether it’s designed for adults or kids.
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