Winter Maintenance Tips

Winter Maintenance Tips

Keeping your e-scooter well maintained is something that all owners should strive to do. Though you may not know about specific intricacies, OKAI is here to help you with some tips to make sure that your e-scooter is always there for you when you need it!

General Maintenance Practices

Before we delve into specifics during winter and low temperatures, there are some foundations that need to be set.
 
Firstly, it is important to regularly maintain your e-scooter to ensure it's longevity and optimal performance. When inspecting your e-scooter, check for any loose bolts and parts. If you find any, be sure to tighten them before operating.
As e-scooters are used outside, it can get dirty quite fast. Be sure to clean your e-scooter regularly by using a damp cloth to wipe down the scooter. Take care to prevent letting the electrical components get exposed to water or chemicals.
 
When storing your e-scooter, ensure that it is stored in a dry, cool area devoid from moisture and extreme temperatures, as this can damage your e-scooter.
 
Keep an eye on the tire pressure regularly as well to ensure smooth rides. At the same time, inspect the tires for physical wear and tear or damage. If there are punctures, cracks, or embedded objects, replace your tires immediately as your handling may be effected.

Winter Maintenance

In colder climates, your e-scooter requires a bit of extra care to navigate smoothly through the winter season. 

Lubrication is very important during the cold weather. The delicate moving parts can stiffen preventing the device from operating effectively. Regularly lubricating moving components can ensure smooth operation.

After completing a ride, take a moment to wipe down your scooter. If you were riding through icy roads or snow, the salt and slush from the roads can accelerate the corrosion process on the scooter. However, by wiping down the scooter after each ride, you can prevent potential damage.

Though a regular inspection frequency is essential as an e-scooter owner, during the winter the frequency should be increased. Essential components like brakes, lights, and electrical components could be compromised if not inspected and caught early enough.

Battery Care in Cold Weather

When it comes to preserving your scooter's battery life during the winter, a few precautions go a long way. Cold temperatures have a significant impact on battery health, so it's essential to adopt the following practices:

Keep it Charged: Cold weather tends to drain batteries faster. To combat this, aim to maintain your battery's charge between 20% and 80%. This helps prevent extreme discharges and promotes better battery longevity.

Avoid Full Drains: In chilly conditions, letting your battery completely discharge can be detrimental. Opt for partial discharges instead, which are gentler on the battery, especially in cold weather.

Warm Storage: When your scooter is not in use, consider storing it, along with its battery, in a warmer environment. This simple step can significantly contribute to maintaining optimal battery health.

Tire Traction and Maintenance

Ensuring your scooter's tires are well-prepared for winter conditions is vital for safety and performance. Here are some key aspects to consider: 

Pressure Check: Cold air contracts, leading to reduced tire pressure. Regularly inspect and adjust the tire pressure according to the manufacturer's recommendations to ensure optimal traction. Tip: Find PSI numbers on the wheels.

Tread Depth: Adequate tread depth is essential for maintaining traction on slippery surfaces. Before venturing out, check your tires to ensure they have enough tread for better grip. 

Clean and Inspect: Keep your tires clean by wiping them down regularly to remove salt, grime, or any other debris. Additionally, inspect them for signs of wear or damage that might hinder their performance

Please note that these are general maintenance guidelines. For model-specific advice, please refer to the user manual for your e-scooter or contact support at support.us@okai.co for inquiries.