Scooter wash and checkup
29th February 2020
This blog post describes my procedure for biweekly wash +
checkup on my scooter. This includes:
rust prevention, battery checkup, engine oil check
I live in an apartment and my scooter is parked outside so
preparing everything so it's easy to carry is the first
First prepare your cleaning stuff:
bucket filled with warm water
big car sponge and small kitchen sponge
micro-fibre cloths ⋝ 2
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
Put these in a plastic bag in-case leakage occurs:
tire pressure gauge and pump
pliers for the crankcase breather clamp
multi-meter, and screwdrivers to access battery
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!
Here is your task list as a document you can
print: download. Alternately
read it here:
Check tyres for damage, check pressures.
Empty the crankcase breather if needed.
Start the engine to warm up and start a three minute timer.
While the engine’s running check lights and indicators work,
and check brake fluid level.
Once the engine's warmed up for three minutes turn it off
for two minutes, put the scooter upright and check the
engine oil level.
Use a sponge with the water to clean the scooter, drying
with micro-fibre cloths afterwards.
Make sure the fork inner tubes, rear shocks and exhaust
down-pipe are thoroughly dry by wiping them with a piece of
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.
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.
Measure battery voltage. If it’s less than 12.8 volts, remove and charge it.