Maintenance of Electric Bikes: The craze of electric vehicles is increasing to prevent the rising prices of petrol and diesel and increasing air pollution. Electric two-wheelers are one of the best options for urban transport, perhaps because 90 percent of consumers are willing to pay a higher price for electric vehicles. The biggest advantage of an electric two-wheeler is minimal maintenance. Unlike petrol motorcycles, e-bikes or e-scooters do not have any air filter and engine oil, so they do not need to be replaced and the cost is saved.
If you are also thinking of getting an electric bike or you already have such a two-wheeler then it is important to know how to do its basic maintenance, which will help reduce the risk of spending more on repairs in the future . Here are some essential maintenance tips that can help keep your electric bike in good condition:
Keep checking tire
pressure It is important to keep checking tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can lead to road accidents. Due to low air pressure, the amount of drag increases and, therefore, the balance and stability of the vehicle are affected. Also, driving your e-bike on softer tyres will consume more power, and hence, may drain the battery more quickly.
Take care of the battery The battery
is the most important component of an electric vehicle. Before charging the battery for the first time, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. It would be better if you try to keep the bike’s battery above 30 per cent at least at all times. Do not use any charger to charge your bike battery. Cold temperatures can quickly drain your e-bike’s battery, so park in a warm place.
Lubrication is essential
Proper lubrication of all the moving parts of your electric bike is essential. This will not block the chain and will enable all the mechanical parts of your e-bike to move smoothly without grinding against each other. Taking the e-bike to the service station or lubricating it yourself, use a good lubricant on all the major moving parts of the bike.
Replace brake pads
If you encounter any problem with your e-bike’s brake pads, replace them without delay. Brake pads must be effective, otherwise the risk of an accident increases. You can also check with the insurance company whether it covers replacement of brake pads.
Switch to Shut-down Mode
Many electric bikes have a shut-down switch that shuts down the e-bike completely. When you know that you will not be using your e-bike for several days, put it in shut-down mode. This will help in saving the battery and increase the life cycle and efficiency of the bike.
You should clean your e-bike at least once or twice a week. This will help keep away dirt, dust and debris. It is not advisable to use a pressurized hose or a direct stream of water to wash an electric bike as its electrical parts can get wet and damage it. You can also use a damp cloth to clean the e-bike and wipe it with a dry cloth.