A scooter may seem very simple compared to a car. But that’s precisely what can make many people complacent about looking after theirs properly.
Use your scooter relentlessly day in, day out, and it can easily deteriorate over time.
Don’t risk your scooter becoming unusable quickly. Instead, follow our straightforward scooter maintenance tips below.
Don’t scoot through water, sand or mud
Remember: your scooter wasn’t designed for messy conditions or bumpy terrain! So, don’t risk damaging it unnecessarily.
Scooting through water, for instance, can cause the bearings inside the wheels to wear down faster, or the deck’s non-slip surface to lose grip. This could easily result in you slipping.
It’s therefore best to keep your scooter on dry ground as much as possible, keeping it away from earth, sand and water.
Don’t use the brake so much
You should find that simply placing your foot on the ground is enough to swiftly stop your scooter.
This is much better than depending constantly on the brake, which may cause the rear wheel to rapidly wear down. This could mean your wheel developing flat spots.
Even when you do use the brake, just press down on it gently. This way, you can slow down wear on your wheel, even if this does mean the scooter doesn’t slow down as fast.
Swap the front and rear wheels regularly
Did you know that the rear wheel of a scooter often wears down faster than the front wheel? This is because the rear wheel often sustains many of the greatest impacts and shocks.
You could therefore help to keep both of your scooter wheels in usable condition for longer, simply by removing and swapping them over every now and then. If you’re unsure how to do this, a suitably skilled technician will be able to do it for you.
Apply silicone oil to the wheel
Turn the wheel while spraying silicone oil on it, to lubricate it so that it turns smoothly during everyday use. This will enable you to travel faster on your scooter for less effort when you’re next using it for your commute.
Keep your scooter clean
Cleaning your scooter regularly will help to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating that could interfere with the functioning of its parts.
All that you need to do is wipe the bearings and other dirty areas of your scooter – such as the wheels, headset and non-slip pad – with a cloth. Do this regularly to preserve your scooter in good condition for potentially years longer.
Tighten the wheels regularly
Play between the front wheel and the fork, or the rear wheel and the deck, can cause the wheel to wear down much faster. So on occasion, get out an Allen key to tighten your scooter’s wheels.
Change worn-out parts
Even when you follow all of the above steps, the various parts of your scooter won’t last forever. One or more of the wheels may become too rough to be usable any longer, or the non-slip grip may lose its grip.
You may also need to replace the lower clamping ring or rear brake eventually. Again, someone with a higher level of practical expertise could do this for you.
Prevention is better than cure when you’re taking care of your scooter. Take the above advice to heart, and you could be happily using your scooter for many more years to come.