How to Take Care of Your Scooter

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Riding a scooter can be a good choice if you're looking for cheap transportation and want to save on fuel costs. Scooters don't have nearly as many mechanical components as a full-sized vehicle, which also means your maintenance costs will be much lower. It's crucial that you take care of your scooter and maintain it in order to get as many miles from it as you can. A little tender loving care can go a long way in maximizing the lifespan of your scooter.

  • Read the owner's manual for your scooter so you understand what the maintenance schedule is, which can vary greatly from one scooter to another. Maintenance work, such as changing fluids and replacing spark plugs, should be performed according to the manufacturer's specifications.

  • Check the oil levels on your scooter regularly. Add oil as necessary. If your scooter is burning an excessive amount of oil, this is a sign of engine trouble. Catching the problem sooner rather than later can help you avoid a more expensive repair bill than if the problem goes unnoticed.

  • Check your tire pressure weekly to ensure the tires are properly inflated. The sidewalls of the tires will be marked with the recommended tire pressure. Properly inflated tires will wear more evenly and last longer. You should also check for any cracks in your tires, which can lead to tire failure. Cracked tires should be replaced immediately.

  • Check all bolts and hinges on the scooter every 1,000 miles or every six months, whichever one comes first. All hinges should be in proper working order, and any loose bolts should be tightened.

  • Apply a leather protector to the seat, if it's leather. This will help protect the material from the sun's harmful rays. Keep your scooter clean and wax it regularly, which will help the paint keep its showroom-new shine.

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