If you own one of those trendy electric scooters, then the chances are that you also really like them. But the one thing that’s caused a lot of frustration for many owners is that even though these scooters generally run well and provide an entertaining and inexpensive way to get around town, they’re not without their flaws.
This article will tell you how to upgrade your electric scooter from mechanical brakes to hydraulic ones. This conversion will improve the overall performance of your electric scooter substantially. As a result, it will also increase the overall enjoyment that you can experience from your scooter.
1. Prepare Bike for Installation
The first thing that you need to do is to figure out what kind of bike you have. There are two main types of scooters: gas and electric. It’s essential to determine which type of scooter you have because the general process for converting from mechanical brakes to hydraulic brakes varies slightly based on which type of scooter you have.
Before installation, you will need some necessary items such as Hydraulic Brake Kit, Installation Screws, Rubber Mastic Electrical Tape, Self-Locking Cable Zip Ties and Assembly Tool.
2. Turn Off the Power to Ensure Safe Operation
Before performing any work on your bike, you should always ensure that the power is turned off and that no one is using the bike. You can do this by removing the battery from the bike and then checking to see if there’s a power switch located somewhere on the vehicle’s body. If there is one, make sure it’s switched off before proceeding with any further work.
3. Remove Front Wheel
The first step in the conversion process is to remove the front wheel from your bike. This will make it much easier to access all of the necessary components and loosen or remove those that need loosening or removing as you progress through the conversion process.
4. Cut & Remove Brake Cable
With your front wheel removed, it’s now time to start cutting and removing some of the existing brake lines on your bike. The first line that needs to be missed is the one that’s connected to the brake lever. To do this, first, grab the brake lever that you’ll be replacing and then disconnect the cable from it. Next, use a pair of pliers to loosen up any bolts holding the brake lever in place. Then using a pair of long-nosed pliers, remove those bolts and set them aside for safekeeping.
5. Install the Hydraulic Brake Line
With your front wheel removed and ready for us to remove it right after installing the new one, it’s time to install your new hydraulic line. To do this, slide it over the existing brake line until it is entirely through the hole where the old tie rod is connected. Then using a pair of long-nosed pliers, you’ll need to tighten the clamp that holds on the new brake line by tightening it on both sides of the hole until it is fully tightened.
To finish up, you’ll need to cut the brake cable connected to the rear brake lever. To do this, use your cutting blade and remove most of the cable until just enough remains so that you can slide it over the metal brake lever body. Then using your cutting blade, remove most of that last bit of cable. You can then reconnect this with some rubber mastic if you’d like to protect your new hydraulic line from scratches.
6. Install the Hydraulic Brake Caliper
At this point, you’ll need to install your new hydraulic caliper or replace the old one if it’s cracked or damaged in some way. To do this, slide the caliper over the metal brake lever body until it reaches the bottom of the hole where you installed your old tie rod. Then using a pair of long-nosed pliers, tighten down both sides of the lever so that it is firmly held in place on both sides of the hole. If your bike doesn’t have a bolt that you can use to screw through into both sides of this hole, then you’re going to need to find another way to hold this very securely in place while still being able to rotate it with your hand easily.
7. Connect the Brake Lines to the Brake Lever.
The last thing you should do is connect the first brake line that you cut and removed from the bike to the new hydraulic lever. For this, first, take your new line and follow it until you find where it’s tightly crimped onto your hydraulic line. Then using a pair of long-nosed pliers, loosen up the clamp so that you can slide it over the hydraulic line. Once this is done, use a pair of long-nosed pliers to tighten down this clamp so that it holds firmly onto the hydraulic line without being too loose or too tight.
After installation, test brakes by holding the thumb on brake pads and giving a slight pull up on handlebars.
How Do You Fix Squeaky Electric Scooter Brakes?
If you have a squeaky scooter, the answer is easy. All you have to do is replace the brake pads or caliper. The trick is finding a fine mesh pad for your scooter, working it in thoroughly, and seeing if the noise goes away. If not, try a shimmed place. The shimmed pad replaces some of the original brake pads with ones more suited for scaling. Shimmed pads offer better traction and braking over standard brake pads that are worn down from use or from having been replaced too many times by your bike’s master mechanic. Shimmed brakes usually come with a toxic warning label because they’re made of hazardous materials that can cause adverse health effects if swallowed by children or pets.
How to Tune Disc Brakes?
Wheel brakes are typically not so easy to tune. Typically the caliper is the culprit. If you have good parts at hand, it might be possible to get the caliper off and change it to another one. But if you only have the pads, things could get complicated. These discs can be a pain to tune due to multiple factors, but there couple of ways to make a disc brake work even in adverse conditions where other types fail. The first is to use grease in them or any other lubricant. The grease will help with the corrosion and make them work much better when cold and wet outside.
The brake pads and levers on a bike can be a real challenge to remove and install. They often have various screws, nuts, bolts, and clamps that make removing them a real chore. And if they don’t have all of those accessories, they’ll still make the task difficult. But with the proper tools and knowledge, they can be removed in no time at all. As long as you’re prepared with the right tools for the job, you’re going to have an easy time with your scooter brake conversion or replacement.