Regular Scooter Maintenance Schedule
Scooter Maintenance Repair Parts
Regular Scooter Maintenance Tips
Here is a small list of regular scooter maintenance tips that should be kept up by the owner and if not taken to a scooter or motorcycle mechanic. Scooters and mopeds should be taken to a motorcycle mechanic instead of an automotive vehicle mechanic because they are more likely to have all the necessary tools at hand and also be more familiar with the working parts, even if they don’t commonly work on the owners particular scooter manufacturer very frequently. In Canada, since there are only a few manufacturers with license to ride on the road, like SAGA scooters, motorcycle shop mechanics should have a fairly good understanding of the parts involved.
To maintain your scooter and get the most longevity out of it requires regular maintenance. This is by no means a comprehensive scooter maintenance guide, just a quick reference. The below list mostly refers to gas scooter maintenance but some of these parts will also need to be check in the electric scooters. Aside from the GY6 engine, here is the list of other notable scooter parts to have inspected and serviced, replaced, tightened or topped up.
- Spark Plug – When you ride the spark plug can build up carbon build up which will need to be cleaned out or replaced.
- Air Filter – The air filter keeps dirt and impurities out of the intake and carburetor. They should be cleaned every 1000km and replaced every 5000 km. Consult your manual or you technician.
- Fuel Filter – Removes any impurities remaining in the fuel for better combustion.
- Belt – As your belt wears out you will lose top speed. It will either need replacing or your belt will be fine.
- Clutch and Rollers – As rollers wear they will start to square and you lose top speed. It will also affect your take off on acceleration.
- Oil Change – After the initial break in of the scooter, an oil change can be done with synthetic oil or with your regular 10w-40 (most common for scooters). Oil change should be done every 2000 km.
- Differential oil change – Change this when it is dirty or top up when low.
- Throttle Freeplay – The throttle needs a little free movement so that when you turn corners, the scooter doesn’t accelerate and you end up doing a wheelie. (oops!). Most freeplay is limited to 1/8 inch movement on scooters.
- Valve adjustment – Engine pistons need to stay in the correct timing for optimal performance and fuel efficiency.
- Carburetor Adjustment – Air/Gas mixture and idle is measured and adjusted for proper performance.
- Carburetor Servicing – The carb is completely disassembled and rebuilt to check all the jetting and main holes.
- Ignition Timing – Serviced only if the cam shaft needs adjustment.
- Compression Test – Make sure your combustion is good. Check when the scooter has a hard time starting and poor performance.
- Tire pressure – This one is fairly easy for you to manage alone. Tire pressure should be stated in your manual, but most need to be around 200kpa to 225kpa ( from 29psi to 32 psi)
- Brake adjustment – During scooter repairs, the mechanic will usually check for safety items like your brake fluid, and alignment of brakes. However, it is always a good idea to ask them if they need replacing and if there is any noticeable wear and tear.
Scooter Maintenance Parts
Scooter Maintenance Cost
Scooter maintenance cost will vary from each manufacturer. Like vehicles, the more expensive brand name scooters will also cost more to repair and maintain. Taiwanese and Chinese scooters (Saga Canada) will be less expensive.
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