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Step-by-Step Guide to Changing an Electric Scooter Tire

To shop our replacement tires and learn more about the different types of tires for electric scooters, see here.

**We also have videos for replacing tires on youtube. **

Changing a tire on an electric scooter can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and some patience, it can be quite straightforward. Whether you're tackling a flat tire or upgrading to a new set of treads, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process.

First, here's what you'll need: a new tire (make sure it's the correct size), tire levers or a flat tool to remove the tire, a wrench to remove the axle, a screwdriver if you have a hub motor, a pump to inflate the new tire, and possibly a new inner tube if you are not using tubeless tires.

  1. Power Down and Prepare the Scooter: Always start by switching off your electric scooter, for safety reasons. If your scooter has a quick-release mechanism for the wheel, you'll simply need to open that and slide the wheel out. For scooters without this feature, you may need to use a wrench to loosen the nuts holding the wheel in place.

  2. Remove the Wheel: Carefully take the wheel out of its forks. If your electric scooter has a hub motor in the wheel, there will be wires connecting the wheel to the scooter. Make sure to carefully disconnect any connectors and remember their orientation for reassembly.

  3. Take off the Old Tire: Once the wheel is free, use tire levers to gently pry the tire off the rim. If you have a tubeless tire, you'll need to break the seal between the tire and rim before levering it off.

  1. Prepare the New Tire: If your scooter uses tires with tubes, check the new tube for any defects. In case of tubeless tires, inspect the rim strip and ensure it's in good condition.

  2. Position the New Tire: Partially inflate the new tube to give it shape and place it inside the tire. Start placing one side of the tire onto the rim, working your way around carefully.

  3. Insert the New Tire: Continue the installation by carefully pushing the other side of the tire onto the rim. For a tube tire, ensure the tube is not pinched between the tire and rim. Tubeless tires may require a special pump or compressor to seat correctly.

  1. Inflate and Check: Once the tire is on, inflate it to the recommended pressure. Check around the rim to ensure the tire is evenly seated and that there are no bulges or dips. Reconnect any motor wires if applicable.

  2. Reinstall the Wheel: Slide the wheel back into place, making sure that if you have a motor hub, the wires are clear of any moving parts. Tighten nuts or close the quick-release mechanism securely.

  3. Test: Before taking a long ride, do a short test to ensure everything is working correctly. Listen for any unusual sounds and check the scooter's handling.

By following these steps, you’ll be back to riding your electric scooter in no time. Remember, if at any point you feel uncertain, it's best to consult a professional for help. Your safety is paramount when riding.

Happy scooting!

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