If you’re new to scooters, you’re probably more excited about riding your scooter than touching the engine.

Or maybe I’m entirely wrong – perhaps you’re excited about getting your hands dirty (both literally AND metaphorically)?

Either way, one thing’s for sure – maintaining your scooter is a must.

But if this is brand new territory for you, you might feel intimidating. So, to help you get started, here are 4 easy scooter maintenance tasks. 

 

Job #1: Replacing the Air Filter

This is the easiest of easy maintenance tasks – you can usually get it done with just a screwdriver (and a replacement air filter, of course).

 

Job #2: Changing the Oil and Oil Filter

This task is a little bit more difficult since you’re dealing with liquids, but don’t let that put you off – changing your oil and oil filter is still an easy task that you can learn how to do quickly.

All you need is:

 

  • A spanner set or socket handle set 
  • A pan or container to catch the old oil in
  • An oil filter socket 

Job #3: Checking Your Tire Pressure

Not only is this an easy maintenance task – it’s also one of the more crucial ones.

It doesn’t take a genius to know why – your tires are what keeps you on the road, and underinflated tires can cause everything from poor fuel economy to increased stopping distance.

Fortunately, checking your tire pressure is easy – you only need a tire pressure gauge and a tire of course).

Job #4: Replace Your Spark Plugs

image of old spark plugs in black and white
Image by Drazen Bajer from Pixabay
For scooters with internal combustion engines, the spark plugs are responsible for making the spark that ignites the air and fuel mixture inside the engine.

That’s assuming, of course, that you replace your old ones once they’ve become worn out or covered with oil and soot.

Fortunately, removing a spark plug is almost like removing a regular screw or bolt – and it’s all possible with a socket handle.

Discover how to do all of these jobs (and more) in the Essential Scooter Maintenance for the Absolute Beginner Ebook