Assembling A Scooter

Whether a scooter is a push type, electric, or gas powered, some amount of assembly is usually required.

Most children's scooters require some assembly. By assembling a scooter yourself, you may save money that would otherwise be spent on having the scooter assembled at a professional shop.

Depending on the type of scooter that you are working with, the level of difficulty and time spent on assembly will vary. Simple push scooters are the easiest to assemble, electric and gas powered scooters will generally require more time and effort to assemble, and then there are scooters that come 90% assembled, requiring little work. In any case, here are several useful tips for assembling a child's scooter:

The Assembly Manual

It is so important that children understand safety precautions while they ride, but there is also the issue of making the child's scooter as safe as possible. To achieve this, follow the scooter's assembly manual very closely. Read the entire manual before starting. If there is something that you don't understand, call the manufacturer, or take the scooter to a professional for assembly.

Before assembling a scooter, check all the parts included to make sure that they are not defective, and that they are true to the model type and manual.

Work Space

Work in a well-lit space when assembling the scooter. Give yourself plenty of room to lay out parts and tools.

Tools

Reference the manual, and make sure that you have the right sized tools for attaching nuts, bolts, etc. It's also helpful to have a drill with various bits, scissors, a box cutter, and screwdrivers on hand.



Keep That Box Intact!

So, you've taken the scooter out of it's cardboard box. Don't break that box down just yet! Save it, and use it while you work to store trash.

Metal Frame Packaging

If the scooter is a complex model that comes packaged in a metal frame, disassemble the top of the frame, but leave the bottom intact. Doing this will hold the scooter upright while it is assembled.

Tightening Battery Connectors

If the scooter is electric, and uses a push-on battery type, check the battery connectors, and tighten them if they seem a bit loose. This improved connection will prevent the loss of power when riding over bumps.

Gain access to the battery compartment, and take out the push-on connectors fro the batteries. It is important that you remove them one at a time. Use pliers to tighten the connectors by squeezing them.

Battery Fluid

This tip is specifically for scooters that use batteries requiring fluid. Fill the battery, according the the scooter's instructional manual, then let the battery stand for 15 minutes before charing it.

Electric Scooters With Fuses

Find the scooter's fuse compartment. If there is already a fuse there, pull it out, and re-insert it to ensure that there is a good connection.

Testing

We all know how rough children can be on their things. To ensure safety, check every screw, nut, and bolt to make sure that they are tight and sound. This is especially true with the foot board, and other high-stress areas of the scooter.

After the child's scooter is fully assembled, there is one very important last step to complete. Test the scooter's gears and brakes before allowing a child to ride it for the first time.

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