Have you recently purchased a 50cc scooter?
Getting ready to hit the open road?
Scooter’s are becoming more and more popular in today’s world. A scooter can be a huge convenience and change the way you get around during your daily life.
However, before you get to riding you need to think about how you will be maintaining your new vehicle.
Below are the most crucial things to keep in mind to keep your 50cc scooter going strong.
Getting Ready to Maintain Your 50cc Scooter
Check Your Owner’s Manual
While it may sound obvious to some riders, the first thing you should do when you get a new scooter is to check your owner’s manual. If you received a manual with your purchase, make sure to read things over carefully.
In the manual, you will find all kinds of tips on maintaining and using your vehicle. It will also tell you exactly what kind of part you will need should something have to be replaced.
An owner’s manual will give you the information that is specific to your scooter brand and model.
Create Your Scooter Tool Kit
Secondly, it’s a good idea to have a toolkit ready and at hand. If something needs a repair, it’s great to know that you have everything you need in one place.
Below are a few important tools and materials you should have at your disposal at all times:
- Electrical tape and/or duct tape
- Screwdrivers (Both Phillips-head and flat-head)
- Nylon cable ties
- 3/8″ drive metric socket set
- Wire cutters
- Metric wrenches set
- Spark plug wrench
- Spare spark plug
- Wire – short length
- Fuel Hose – short length
Things to Keep in Mind on a Daily Basis
While it’s not crucial that you give your scooter an extensive checkup every time you take your scooter for a rider, you should check a few things fairly often.
Try your best to develop a few good habits with your vehicle, and you’ll keep it in much better condition in the long run.
Here are a few things you should check on a regular basis:
- First of all, you should keep your vehicle as clean as possible at all times. By keeping your vehicle clean, you’ll avoid issues and have the best chance at noticing problems as soon as they occur.
- Check your tire pressure with a gauge. Make sure that there are no cuts or objects lodged in the tires.
- Check proper functioning of all lights including turn signals, brakes, and headlights.
- Check that your scooter’s horn works properly. Ensure proper positioning of mirrors.
- Make sure that your battery is charged and healthy. Consider looking at levels approximately once per month.
- Make sure that the scooter center stand is working properly and that the spring is not missing or broken.
- Check that all fluid levels are correct including fuel, oil, and coolant.
- Look for damage or cracks in the scooter’s frame and floorboards.
- When pulling out of your driveway, ensure that your brakes are functioning properly.
6-Month and 12-Month Maintenance
Below are a few additional things you should do to maintain your vehicle at regular 6-month and 12-month intervals.
At 6 months time, you should consider doing the following:
- Perform an oil change.
- Check for cracks in valve stems.
- Check that screws, bolts, and nuts on your scooter are properly tightened,
- Check tires, brakes, and throttle operation. Lubricate cables as needed.
When doing an oil change be sure to do it correctly. Many scooter riders do this incorrectly and it can cause damage to your scooter. Check out the video below on the proper way.
At 12 months time, you should do the following:
- Change transmission oil.
- Check brake linings.
- Replace or clean spark plug.
- Check and adjust valve clearance.
- Check bearings of the steering wheel.
- Inspect CVT drive belt.
- Clean throttle and brake cables and lubricate as necessary.
Depending on your vehicle and how often you use it, you may need to perform these maintenance activities at other intervals as need. However, 6-month and 12-month time frames are a good start for the above tasks.
By now you should have a pretty good idea on how to go about maintaining your 50cc scooter.
A scooter can be a lot of fun. It can also add be very convenient. It pays to keep your scooter in as good a condition as possible. If you do, you may be surprised at just how long it lasts.