Home > Mobility Scooters > Common Problems with Mobility Scooters

Common Problems with Mobility Scooters

By: Jonathan Webb - Updated: 26 Apr 2018 | comments*Discuss
Mobility Mobility Scooters Disabled

The use of mobility scooters has become increasingly popular in recent years, providing many disabled people with a life line to the outside world and giving them an element of independence that would otherwise prove difficult.

Generally speaking, mobility scooters are relatively reliable and need little maintenance. Mobility scooters have two major components. the electric motor and the battery that provides power to the motor along with the lights and horn.


Problems can occur to the battery, such as having to recharge it at regular intervals due to it not holding its charge for long periods. At its worst, this can mean having to put your mobility scooter on charge after every journey. Not only does this limit the distance you are able to travel, due to the chance that your mobility scooter may run out of battery power before you can make a full round trip, but can prove inconvenient as you are unable to make full use of your scooter due to the prolonged down time.

The main cause of batteries unable to hold their charge is old age. The only cure for this problem is to have a set of new batteries fitted. If you choose to have a set of bigger batteries installed, remember that although they may hold more charge, they can also be considerably heavier than normal sized mobility scooter batteries, which in turn means that your mobility scooter is heavier and needs more power to move, which in turn can drain the battery faster. If you are also using your lights on the mobility scooter, the battery's time between recharging will be reduced accordingly.


The electric motor on a mobility scooter is of a relatively simple design and usually quite rugged, able to withstand normal everyday use around towns and cities in most types of weather. It can, however, be damaged by, for example, mounting or dismounting a pavement without a dropped kerb or by driving your mobility scooter through an excessive wet area, such as a deep puddle. It is also possible to damage your mobility scooter's motor by driving through a very dusty or gritty area. The damage may not be immediately apparent, but dirt and grit that enters the motor's moving parts can cause the motor to fail at a later date.


The tyres on your mobility scooter will, at some time in the scooter's life, need to be replaced. This goes for whether they are solid, in filled or pneumatic type tyres.

Solid tyres will eventually need replacing due to general wear and tear, although they will probably last longer than the other two types. Due to their solidness, they are not always a popular choice with mobility scooter users, who prefer a more comfortable ride.

In filled tyres can also last a long time, and give a far superior ride to solid tyres. The main problem with these is that over time they will split and the in fill material, which is usually a spongy like material, will spill out making them unusable. Like any air filled tyre, pneumatic tyres are prone to punctures, in addition to the usual wear and tare.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
I’ve just got a tga eclipse boot scooter secondhandit goes for about 4/5 seconds then stop.the green diagnostic Light is on all the time many thanks
Booboo - 5-Apr-18 @ 8:54 PM
I have a 3 year old drive cobra mobility scooter, sine last year I’ve been having problems with the automatic brakes, the scooter doesn’t stop unless I apply the hand brakes. Also the battery level indicator isn’t working & the scooter will sometimes lose power without warning. The technicians keep saying that if they can’t find a problem then they can’t repair it. I’ve paid out well in excess of £1000 on repairs & call out charges. What should I do?
Shrlem - 3-Apr-18 @ 10:18 AM
I have a sports rider. thought the batteries had gone flat through not enough use showed good charge. 27.20 on. The dialogue have orders 2 new batteries, however a neighbor who has same scooter had same problem found out after calling a 70 dollar service man the problem was in the power push cable at the forks just under the instrument cluster push together bingo
Dougo - 2-Apr-18 @ 5:38 AM
My sports rider scooter keeps starting and stopping the blue light on the dashboards keeps flashing seven times, I no each beep means something, can you help, Ben, thanks
Fatman - 16-Mar-18 @ 8:33 PM
Does any one know how to make my Drive Sport Rider go any faster, 8mph is ok, but it would help the flow of traffic move quicker when I'm using it on the road?
yorkie sport rider - 11-Mar-18 @ 10:10 AM
Re my earlier post i have a days strider scooter. As i reduce the speed by turning the "pot" down, whilst still moving, the scooter cuts outwhen i reach the slowestspeed. Checked connections. checked key switch. should have said the green light goes out but the battery level stays up.Switch it off and on and off we go again until the next time i reduce the speed by turning the speed dial right down.Any advice appreciated. David
de - 2-Mar-18 @ 7:37 PM
i have a days strider scooter.as i reduce the speed by turning the "pot", whilst still moving, the scooter cuts out as when i reach the slowestspeed. Checked connections. checked key switch. Any advice appreciated. David
de - 2-Mar-18 @ 7:33 PM
need help i bought a 1113 jazzypower chair . and i did not use it for about6 months and the batteries went dead.so i charged it and the power display reads full and when i use it the power goes to 1 red bar in 5 minute but i still got some power can someone help thanks
habfan - 24-Feb-18 @ 8:29 PM
I have a rascal 329le and when I use indicaters there is a continuous beep and the lights just stay on. Can you tell me what the problem is. Thank you
Foxy - 13-Feb-18 @ 3:41 PM
My powerchair is beeping and all lights flashing when i turn it on... and will not move
Trace - 12-Feb-18 @ 12:42 PM
We I drive my scooter it makes a loud noise,sounds like a motorcycle..... Scout 4 wheel
Angie - 5-Feb-18 @ 2:23 PM
I have a go go elite..there's no green light on the charger only red...does this mean the charger is kaput...thanks..
Bob - 1-Feb-18 @ 12:23 PM
SHOPRIDER ALLROUNDER MODEL 889ERSF When I want to turn left or right and move the toggle switch to the position all I hear iscontinuous beeping and the amber lights do not flash as they should,they just light up front and rear. The same with the hazard lights, when I press the red buttonall I hear iscontinuous beeping and the amber lights do not flash as they should, they just light up on all four lights. What could the problem be?
kingston - 20-Jan-18 @ 4:44 AM
Why is my power light flashing on and off, or it goes off all together. But does not do it all the time .
Kaz - 19-Jan-18 @ 11:33 AM
i have pride revo 4 wheel scooter ,6 mths old .it has just started to go slower than normal,battery gauge shows full when i start but on a run it is slow. any ideas'please'.
johno - 10-Jan-18 @ 12:42 AM
I have a Little Rascal scooter which I bought new last May. I have only used this about 3 times but when I put it on charge it wont recharge. Can you tell me the problem please
Eidy - 7-Jan-18 @ 10:58 AM
I have a rascal 329 le 6mphabout 2 days ago I notice that there a clicking sound and it's started buzzing when I am useing it
Lilo - 29-Dec-17 @ 9:24 PM
I have a used mobility scooter that recently the tires will stop turning but the motor is still trying to run. If I jiggle it around a bit, it eventually catches and will start moving again. How is this fixed? And what is the issue in the first place?
MRS - 11-Dec-17 @ 10:09 PM
Hi, I have a 4 wheeler, about 5 years old. I had it serviced a few months ago. It has just started to shake/shudder on take off more so in low gear than high gear. Does anyone have any ideas on what may be causing it please
Ann - 4-Dec-17 @ 10:28 AM
I have a 3 wheel scooter not sure brand and got 2 new batteries fully charged it moves but other time not but if you plug in charger no problem to go. What could this mean? Thanks
Cs - 3-Dec-17 @ 7:45 PM
sorry it's horn works on 3 wheeler elite
di - 30-Nov-17 @ 4:57 PM
Hi I bought a 2nd hand 3 wheeler gogo elite scooter I've bought new batteries and gauge saying full charge it's gone is working but nothing am I missing something
di - 30-Nov-17 @ 4:55 PM
hi guys i got a vigor mob, scooter,was working fine with the new batterries for about 3 months, now is working fine but cuts out on riding and some times stop and goes again, there is something to do with the motor brushes, what is the lenght of the brushes, any ideas. regards Jose
joe - 18-Nov-17 @ 2:14 PM
For scooters that stop there should be a reset button which you push I had that problem but now I know what to do hope this helps some people
Di - 7-Nov-17 @ 1:20 PM
My daughters Elite GOGO Scooter got rained on while on vacation and will not operate. Is there a suggested procedure to dry out and get her wheels turning again. She is stuck at Disney and not happy.
LC - 23-Oct-17 @ 6:36 AM
I got a Mayfair scooter was running fine this morning but I went through a big puddle minutes after it cut out on me and now won’t run any ideas plz
Bird Tracy - 20-Oct-17 @ 12:23 PM
Hello, I have a PowerCar Mobility scooter and I live in Cozumel Mexico, it keeps stopping and the battery is full charged.What other scooter anyone here recommends since I go out a lot to do things on my own. Thank you
cozumelscootaround - 10-Oct-17 @ 7:41 PM
@Dave - a loose connection perhaps?
Roz - 5-Oct-17 @ 1:50 PM
Drive sports rider. Lights on charger flash when connected.Charger replaced so any ideas of problem
Dave - 4-Oct-17 @ 2:50 PM
Mulishi, if your scooter is bleeping, you may have accidentally left it disengaged, or out of gear. some have a little bar switch near the back wheel which you can disengage when manoeveringthe vehicle after you have dismounted. it needs to be in the locked position before you can drive it.
COYLEY - 29-Sep-17 @ 12:57 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the DisabledTravelAdvice website. Please read our Disclaimer.