How to Fix an Electric Scooter: A Troubleshooting Guide

Last Updated on February 11, 2022

Electric scooters are a great way to get around town, but sometimes they can be a little bit tricky to fix. If your electric scooter isn’t working properly, don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this troubleshooting guide, we will walk you through the most common problems that people experience with their electric scooters and show you how to fix them. We’ll cover everything from battery issues to motor problems, so read on for all the information you need!

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Electric Scooter Does Not Run

Check the battery and charger

If your electric scooter doesn’t run, the first thing you should check is the battery and charger. Make sure that both the battery and charger are fully charged, and then try using the electric scooter again. If it still doesn’t work, there may be a problem with the battery or charger – in this case, you may need to take them to a repair shop for further inspection.

Note: It’s important to only use chargers that are specifically designed for your electric scooter. Using an incorrect charger can damage the battery and could potentially cause a fire.

Check the fuse or circuit breaker

If the electric scooter still doesn’t run after checking the battery and charger, there may be a problem with the fuse or circuit breaker. To check if this is the case, locate the fuse box on your electric scooter and remove the cover. There should be a small diagram on the cover that shows which fuse corresponds to each electrical component on your scooter. If any of these fuses are blown, you will need to replace them with new ones.

Test the throttle

If the electric scooter still doesn’t run, it could be due to a problem with the throttle. To test this, turn off your scooter and then switch on again while holding down both brake levers simultaneously until you hear two short beeps from the controller (this should happen within five seconds of powering up). If you don’t hear these beeps or if they sound different than usual when testing for other problems such as motor issues, there may be an issue with your throttle.

Note: This test only works if you have tested everything else first so that we can eliminate any possibility of a faulty component causing false positives during our troubleshooting process!

Test power switch or key switch

If your electric scooter won’t turn on, the first thing you should do is test the power switch or key switch. If it’s a power switch, make sure it’s turned on. If it’s a key switch, make sure the key is in the “on” position.

If your electric scooter still doesn’t turn on, there may be a problem with the battery.

Runs slowly

The first thing you’ll want to do is check the battery. If it’s not holding a charge, then you’ll need to replace it.

Next, check the wires and connections. Make sure they’re all tight and secure. If there’s any damage, repair or replace them as needed.

Finally, clean out the motor. Use a brush or compressed air to remove any dirt or debris that might be blocking it. Once everything is clear, try turning on the scooter again. It should now run smoothly.

Runs constantly

If the scooter is running constantly, there might be something blocking the fan or the motor. Remove any blockages and try turning it on again.

If that doesn’t work, the problem could be with the speed controller. Try replacing it if you think that’s the issue.

Lastly, make sure all of the wiring is in good condition and properly connected. If everything looks good, then you might need to take it to a professional for further diagnosis and repair.

Electric Scooter Only runs at partial throttle

Check the throttle. Make sure it’s working properly and not stuck in any way.

Next, make sure there are no obstructions blocking the wheels or motor from turning freely at full speed. Remove anything that might be causing friction or slowing down movement of these parts before trying again to turn on your scooter with full power applied (i.e., pushing hard all the way forward). If this fixes problem then you’re good; however if it doesn’t run smoothly without partial application first then there may still be some obstruction present so keep looking!

Finally, check that there aren’t any loose wires connecting motors together which could cause them to slow down when one goes faster than another due to connection loss.

Electric scooter Runs But Not With a Rider On It

Check the battery. Make sure it’s fully charged and has enough power to run your scooter at full speed with someone on board. If not, then charge up or replace as needed before trying again with another person riding along for support (this may take more than one attempt). The best way to test this is by asking someone else if they can push you around while standing in front of them so that when they move forward or backwards there will be less resistance from your body weight preventing smooth acceleration/deceleration but rather just an even application force across all four tires evenly distributed between both sides).

If everything looks good, try turning on the scooter without a rider first – sometimes there are issues related specifically to having an uneven load.

Electric Scooter Only Runs for a Short Amount of Time

Check the battery to ensure it’s fully charged and has enough power to run your scooter at full speed with someone on board. If not, then charge up or replace as needed before trying again. This can sometimes take more than one attempt because of how many different components go into making an electric vehicle work together seamlessly; however if nothing else works out right away then don’t give up hope just yet!

If everything looks good but still shuts off after a few minutes without warning then there may be something wrong internally that needs attention (i.e., bad wiring causing premature wear in high-stress areas such as connectors).

Electric Scooter Only Runs When Charger is Plugged Into It

If the electric scooter only runs when the charger is plugged into it, then there might be a problem with the battery. Try charging it for a longer period of time or replace it if needed.

If that doesn’t work, check to see if all of the connections are tight and secure. If any of them are loose, tighten them up before trying again.

Lastly, make sure there’s no dirt or debris blocking the motor from running properly. Clean out any blockages and try turning on the scooter again. It should now run smoothly.

Electric Motor Runs But Scooter Does Not Move

  • Make sure your throttle is turned on. This can seem silly, but it has happened to us before and our customers before as well. Just make sure your throttle is on!
  • Check if there’s a power switch or key lock somewhere near where your battery or controller box connects to the rest of the scooter frame. The most common place for these switches are under seats, near controllers (often hidden under plastic covers), in kickstands, in handlebars (on folding bikes and pocket bikes).
  • If none of those work then you probably have a bad battery, or your controller is fried. In either case you’ll need to take the scooter to a professional for repair.

Electric Scooter Speed Controller Does Not Work

The scooter’s speed controller is the “brain” of an electric motor. It controls the acceleration, deceleration and braking of your scooter based on the input it receives from a twist throttle (if applicable), foot pedal or brake lever (or both). It also tells you how fast your vehicle goes as well as its total distance traveled. The latter feature will be helpful if you want to find out whether a certain component in your scooter has malfunctioned or not. Your scooter won’t work unless there’s something wrong with this part!

Electric Scooter Fuse Or Circuit Breaker Keeps Blowing Out

If your electric scooter’s fuse or circuit breaker keeps blowing out, then you should check for any short circuits in the wiring harness. If there aren’t any shorts, try replacing the faulty component with a new one that has been rated for higher amperage than what came stock from factory (e.g., if it was originally rated at 45 amps and now only lasts 15-20 seconds before tripping).

Check to see if there are loose connections between wires or terminals on either side of the protection device being used – these can cause excessive heat buildup which will eventually lead to failure due to overheating!

Electric Scooter Battery Pack Does Not Hold a Charge

If your electric scooter battery pack does not hold a charge, then you should check the voltage of each individual battery cell. If it is below the manufacturer’s recommended level, try recharging them using a smart charger.

If there are any corroded or damaged cells, they will need to be replaced with new ones as soon as possible – otherwise this could cause an electrical fire!

The battery pack may also not be holding a charge if it has been over-discharged in the past (meaning that it was discharged beyond its rated capacity). In this case, you might need to replace the entire battery pack altogether.

Finally, always store batteries in a cool and dry place when not in use!

Electric Scooter Battery Pack Does Not Take a Charge

If your electric scooter battery pack will not take a charge, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try. First, make sure the battery is properly plugged into the charger. If it is plugged in and still not charging, unplug the charger and plug it back in. If that does not work, try another outlet. If the problem persists after trying these steps, you may need to have the battery pack replaced.

Electric Scooter Brakes Do Not Function Properly

If your electric scooter brakes have stopped working properly, you may need to replace the brake cable or the brake pads. You may also try cleaning and lubricating them.


Electric scooters are a great way to get around, but they can also be a lot of fun! With the proper knowledge and tools, you can troubleshoot most common problems that might arise with your electric scooter. Remember to always consult with a professional if you are unsure about what is wrong with your vehicle. Have fun and stay safe!

If none of these tips solve the problem, you may need to take your electric scooter in for repairs. If it’s something minor like a fuse or circuit breaker, you might be able to do it yourself – but if it’s something more serious (like the battery pack not holding a charge), then you’ll definitely need to take it in for repair. Thanks for reading!

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Liam Jaworski

Liam Jaworski

As lightweight electric transport develop, they are becoming more and more common around the world. We all want clean cities and safe driving. My goal is to provide you with clear, honest information about electric transport, innovations, and regulations in different countries, to make our common dream true. You can find me on Twitter or LinkedIn, or contact me directly [email protected]


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  1. My I scooter will not turn on the control panel lights up then goes off straight away,any ideas what can cause this.