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Whether you’re aching to learn how to work on your scooter or are reluctant to touch anything mechanical, essential maintenance is a must.
But if this is brand new territory for you, you might wonder about some easy maintenance jobs that anyone can figure out.
Then, this episode is for you.
Tune in to discover:
- 4 examples of easy (and also essential) scooter maintenance jobs to get you started – no matter what your previous mechanical experience is
Hello, and welcome to another episode of 30-minute motorcycling – a podcast for those riders who are at the beginning of their own Dual Wheel Journey, where you’ll discover something new about how your motorcycle, moped, or scooter works – in less than 30 minutes.
And this episode is all about the scooters – specifically scooter maintenance.
When you got your scooter, you probably thought more about riding it than getting your hands dirty touching the engine – both metaphorically and literally speaking.
Or maybe it’s the other way around – maybe you’ve always wanted to try this out, and you couldn’t wait to learn how to wrench on your scooter – again, both metaphorically and literally speaking.
No matter what the case may be, basic maintenance is an absolute must, and if you’re if this is previously unexplored territory to you, perhaps you’re not sure where to start. In that case, this episode is for you.
In this episode, I’m going to share 4 examples of easy scooter maintenance tasks to help you get started.
The first one is changing the air filter.
There’s a reason why replacing air filters is so commonly recommended when you ask someone about easy scooter maintenance jobs – usually, it just requires a screwdriver (and a new air filter, of course).
It doesn’t take too long either – on average, it only takes no more than 10 minutes to replace an air filter – and that’s quite generous in terms of time.
The second easy scooter maintenance job is changing the oil and the oil filter.
Compared with changing the air filter, an oil change is a little bit more difficult since you’re dealing with a liquid, although it’s still easy.
And considering the fact that the oil loses its ability to lubricate the engine over time, it’s an essential task, too.
You’re going to need more tools, though, mainly a socket wrench or spanner set, an oil filter socket – and, of course, a pan to catch the old oil.
The third maintenance task is checking your tire pressure.
Again, just like changing the oil, this is another easy, yet crucial task you should do on a weekly basis.
And you don’t need to be a genius to figure out why – your tires are what keep you on the road, and underinflated tires can cause not just uneven tire wear, but also poor fuel economy and an increased stopping distance.
Fortunately, checking your tire pressure is easy – all you need is a tire pressure gauge. Well, that and a tire, of course.
And finally, the fourth easy scooter maintenance job is changing your spark plugs.
In case you didn’t know, the sparkplug is responsible for carrying the spark from the battery that’s needed to ignite the fuel and air mixture.
Of course, with time, the spark plug will wear out and will require replacing – fortunately, this is done easily using nothing but a socket wrench – if you can remove a screw or bolt, you can remove a spark plug, and certainly insert a new one.
So, those were 4 essential scooter maintenance jobs that anyone can learn to do.
But how do you actually do them?
If you’d like to discover more about how to do these tasks (and several others), I’ve got an ebook called, Essential Scooter Maintenance for the Absolute Beginner that’s available for sale on the DWJ store.
This ebook covers all the essential scooter maintenance tasks – including some that I didn’t mention in this episode, such as testing your battery and how to replace brake pads.
And in case you’ve never used tools like socket wrenches or tire pressure gauges before, you’ll be happy to hear that this book covers how these tools work and how to use them like a professional mechanic.
If you’d like to get this book, I’ve included a link in the description for this episode.
Until next time, keep your helmet on, and your eyes on the road. Bye!