Scoot F.A.Q.

Q. How often should I....? (Maintenance)

...change the oil, check the filter, and so on? First, refer to a service manual and/or owner's manual for your scooter. You can find a small collection of manuals HERE. Below is a generic checks and maintenance schedule to cover the basics.

Pre-Ride Inspection

Tire Pressure & Condition : Check your tire pressure and look for cracks, wear, or objects embedded in your tires. Common tire pressure is 32-36psi, but refer to an owner's manual and never exceed the maximum pressure stated on the tire's sidewall.

Brake Operation : Make sure your brakes are working and adjusted properly, aren't leaking any fluid, and that the cables are in good condition.

Steering Check : Make sure there is not excessive play in your handlebars or steering system.

Controls : Verify that all switches are functioning properly. Make sure the throttle moves freely and returns when you release it.

Lighting : Check the operation of all turn signals, high and low beam headlights, tail light, brake light, and marker lights. Make sure reflectors are intact.

Mirrors : Adjust your mirrors for best visibility and make sure they are secure.

Fluids : Check engine oil and other fluid levels and look for leaks of any fluid before every ride.

Every 250 Miles Or 2 Weeks
(In Addition To Above)

Fasteners : Check for loose nuts, bolts, and screws. Add thread locker and tighten if necessary.

Battery : Check battery charge and fluid level (non-sealed batteries).

Every 1,000 Miles Or 6 Months
(In Addition To Above)

Spark Plug : Check spark plug condition. Replace the plug or adjust the carburetor as needed. For two strokes, make sure there is evidence that the engine is being oiled properly.

Air Filter : Check the air filter element and clean and replace as necessary. This is especially important with open air filters and/or in dusty environments.

Idle : Check engine idle speed and adjust the carburetor's mixture and idle settings if necessary.

Cables : Check for proper operation of throttle and brake cables and adjust, lube, or replace if necessary.

Engine Oil : Change the engine oil in 4 stroke scooters. Some prefer 500 mile oil changes for small air-cooled scooters.

Every 2,500 Miles Or 1 Year
(In Addition To Above)

Transmission Oil : Replace teh final drive transmission oil (gear oil).

Fuel System : Check the condition of all fuel hoses and the fuel filter. Clean or replace if necessary.

Suspension : Check fork and shock condition and operation.

Brakes : Check brake fluid levels and look for excessive wear of brake components. Fill/replace/repair if necessary.

Drive Belt : Check the CVT drive belt for cracks and wear. 1mm below the original width is usually the service limit. Replace if necessary. Clean the CVT thoroughly whenever the drive belt is replaced.

Valve Clearance : Check and adjust valve clearance if necessary (four-strokes).

Bearings : Check the wheel bearings, steering stem bearings, and CVT cover bearings (if equipped) for excess play, noise, or roughness and replace if necessary.

Every 5,000 Miles Or 2 Years
(In Addition To Above)

Coolant : Replace engine coolant (if so equipped).

Carbon : Check the exhaust, cylinder, and cylinder head of two-strokes for carbon build up. Decarbonize if necessary.

CVT : Check the clutch, variator, rollers, and springs for wear, damage, or glazing. Repair or replace as needed and clean the entire CVT.

Hoses : Inspect all hoses for cracks or tears and replace if necessary.

Brake Fluid : Replace the brake fluid (hydraulic brakes).

Carburetor Cleaning : Clean the carburetor with carb cleaner or a chemical dip if varnish is present. Make sure the jets are not clogged. Check the condition of any gaskets, seals, and diaphragms and replace as needed. If your scooter is stored with fuel in the system, this should be done at the beginning of every riding season.

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