Scooter wash and checkup

29th February 2020

This blog post describes my procedure for biweekly wash + checkup on my scooter. This includes:

Prepare stuff

I live in an apartment and my scooter is parked outside so preparing everything so it's easy to carry is the first task.

First prepare your cleaning stuff:

I favour a mob bucket as it's easy to carry and the wringer can be used to carry dry cloths and gloves, like so:

Next you need a rust-prevention oil which is compatible with rubber. I use ACF-50. And you need some kitchen paper for applying it.

Put these in a plastic bag in-case leakage occurs:

Next:

Finally you need a bag for trash and something to sit on (the floor may be dirty or wet outside). I use a thin door-matt that can be rolled up.

Stuff everything in a rucksack (except bucket of-course):

Now you just need your keys and you're ready to go!

Let's go!

Here is your task list as a document you can print: download. Alternately read it here:

  1. Check tyres for damage, check pressures.
  2. Empty the crankcase breather if needed.
  3. Start the engine to warm up and start a three minute timer.
  4. While the engine’s running check lights and indicators work, and check brake fluid level.
  5. Once the engine's warmed up for three minutes turn it off for two minutes and check the engine oil level.
  6. Use a sponge with the water to clean the scooter, drying with micro-fibre cloths afterwards.
  7. Make sure the fork inner tubes, rear shocks and exhaust down-pipe are thoroughly dry by wiping them with a piece of kitchen paper.
  8. Spray some ACF-50 on a dry piece of kitchen paper and wipe it up and down the fork inner tubes and exhaust down-pipe. Then rear shocks.
  9. Take the scooter off it’s stand and wheel it around, testing the brakes and steering is smooth. And work the suspension up and down to check it’s smooth.
  10. Measure battery voltage. If it’s less than 12.8 volts, remove and charge it.

Good luck!