To ensure that your scooter keeps on working smoothly there are a few basic tips that you should know about to keep it safe and increase its lifespan. All you need is a cloth, a spanner and a couple of allen keys to keep it in tip top shape. Get the kids involved, they can wipe the scooter with a lightly dampened cloth, and use the allen key to check bolts are tight. A fun thing for you to do together :)
If you're uncomfortable with working on your scooter yourself you can always take it into your local Micro repair agent and ask the professionals there to give you a hand. Have a look at our stockists page to find one near you.
Tools for maintaining your Micro scooter:
We use standard sizes for all our nuts and bolts so it's easy for you to maintain your scooter. You will need a standard Allan Key set and a 10mm spanner (a small adjustable spanner will also work).
Keep the folding block on your scooter done up tight:
To help prevent breakages it's important that the folding mechanism is clamped up good & tight whenever you are using your scooter. This will make sure that you are minimising points of stress on the scooter, allowing it to keep in service for as long as you need.
To keep the folding block tight you should make sure that the release lever folds all the way over. However there should always be some resistance when doing it up or undoing it. This should be checked regularly, if you notice it getting a little loose it's easy to tighten by screwing up the nut on the opposite side of the folding block to the lever.
Periodically check all bolts are tight enough:
When you go over rough surfaces on your scooter; over time the vibrations can sometimes loosen the bolts that hold your scooter together. To make sure that your scooter stays in peak condition you should check that all the bolts are done up tightly at least monthly (more often if you use if regularly), especially if you hear any rattling or feel any shaking when using it.
Depending on your model, there may be bolts to tighten on the handlebar clamps, steering column, wheels, brake, on the folding block and under the deck.
Be aware, undoing the axle screws several times will reduce the effectiveness of the screw thread securing the product. This means that the screws may come loose by themselves. If you have removed the axles at any point, be sure to check them even more regularly or apply some thread locking fluid to keep them in place.
Cleaning debris from your scooter's brake:
Occasionally you may get debris such as sticks and stones stuck between the brake and your back wheel. This can both damage the wheel and cause the brake to become less effective. A quick check under the brake for any obstructions could save you some hassle later on.
Dealing with immovable bolts:
When our scooters are being assembled all the bolts have a thread locking fluid applied to them to ensure that there is minimal loosening and movement of the parts. This can however cause problems when trying to undo the bolts.
If you are finding any bolts too tough to move a short, sharp tap with a hammer can be enough to break the seal of the locking fluid and make it a bit easier to handle.
You may find you need a little extra force to tighten or undo the bolts, even without locking fluid causing the problem. If you place a short length of pipe or something similar over the handle of the Allen Key this should give you the added leverage you need to undo or tighten up any bolt.
If you are having particular trouble with the left hand wheel, then potentially the bolt may have a reverse thread - you can identify these here.
Storing your scooter:
To keep your scooter in the best possible condition we recommend that when not in use it is stored indoors, away from the rain and sunlight which can cause damage, corrosion and fading if left for too long.
To get your scooter to operate as smoothly as possible it's a good idea to lubricate it periodically. Putting some lubricant on the wheel axles can make them glide a little smoother and some on the silver nubs on the folding block can make collapsing your scooter a little easier. Also applying it to the brake spring can prevent any squeaking that may occur.
Whilst doing your scooter maintenance look out for any scooter parts that need replacing. If you notice any repairs need to be done, you can read our helpful scooter repair tips and get in contact if you have any trouble.
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