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Modernized electric scooters are a great way to get around for commutes or just for fun, but like any motorized vehicle, they do require some upkeep and from time to time will require repairs. While it’s often preferable to have repairs and troubleshooting done by a professional, knowing how to do repairs yourself is a valuable skill. Controllers are especially given to problems, so below we’ll walk through how to repair an electric scooter controller.
Thankfully, most controller and throttle issues are relatively pain-free to deal with, so you can save yourself time and money by making the repairs and troubleshooting into your own hands. Knowing how to wire electric scooters is also another great skill to have under your belt. Below we’ll start by showing you how to troubleshoot scooter controller problems.
The speed controller is a component on an electric scooter that keeps the scooter within a set speed range for both safety and compliance reasons. It lessens the need for effort on the part of the driver as well as reduces the chance for human error, but it’s a delicate electronic component that is somewhat prone to damage. If your scooter is malfunctioning, the controller is one of the first things you should check on. This DIY will save you money in repairs, which is one of the great benefits of electric scooters.
Can I remove my electric scooter’s speed controller and still operate it?
While it’s often technically possible to run your scooter without the speed controller, this can seriously affect its safe use and reliability. Laws in your state will likely effectively forbid it, since it can allow riders to reach illegal speeds.
How do I reset the speed controller on my electric scooter?
Generally speaking, resetting your speed controller in case of electronic malfunction like overloading is as easy as pressing down and holding the reset button.
How do I test the speed controller on an electric scooter?
While there’s no easy DIY way to test the speed controller independently, the scooter will not run at all if the controller is broken or severely damaged, so if it’s still running, you can rule out the controller. If it doesn’t run, inspecting and dismantling the controller looking for obvious damage is a good first step.
What are the most common issues people have with their electric scooters?
The most common issues people experience with their e-scooters are the battery pack not charging, the scooter running slowly (generally due to a malfunctioning speed controller), and abnormal brake noises.
STAT: Always keeping your battery charged beyond 10% can extend the life of your scooter and its components (source)
STAT: Speed controllers allow for the safe and reliable use of an electric scooter as well as speed limit compliance (source)
STAT: An electric scooter will not run with a damaged or malfunctioning speed controller (source)