They say that one of the benefits of having a motor scooter is that it's a lot cheaper and easier to maintain than a car. However, just because it's easier it doesn't mean that it's actually very easy to maintain a motor scooter. It's something you cannot take for granted. To help you with that, here is a simple guide on how to maintain your motor scooter:
First things first, change the engine oil or the gear oil. The reason for that is that the engine or the gear oil keeps the motor scooter engine and gears lubricated and that they also have a cooling effect on the engine to prevent it from overheating. Skipping this will only damage your engine, and the signs cannot be spotted early on. You should check your motor scooter manual to know how and when the oil should be changed.
Second, check the spark plugs. The spark plugs are important because these are what causes the spark that would ignite the fuel. Check the manual to know if when the spark plugs should be changed. Always use the correct grade and type of spark plug because some may not be compatible with your motor scooter. Try going for expensive spark plugs such as an iridium plug. This can cost more but it can last up to 10,000 miles.
Next, you should make sure that the chain that rotates the rear tire is lubricated well. A lubricated chain can last for a very long time and can even reach up to 30,000 miles. However, it can get damaged if not lubricated well. Heat and wear and tear will ultimately diminish the quality of the chain and will most likely make it loose. This can lead to accidents. It's best to check the owner's manual to know how to tighten the chain.
You have to make sure that the bike is regularly washed. Cleaning the motor scooter not only makes it look good and shinier but it also helps it last longer. This also makes it easier for you to notice anything wrong with the bike such as missing bolts and nuts.
Lastly, make sure you regularly check the tire treads every now and then. If you notice that there is already a big change in how the bike handles, you should also have your tires changed. Don't wait until the tire treads are too worn down to avoid any dangerous accidents while riding your motor scooter. Also, make sure to keep your tires well-inflated. If under-inflated, the tires might overheat. And if it is too inflated, you won't get the right amount of grip.
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