Easy Guide to Repair 6 and 12 Volt Electric Ride on Toys

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Introduction: Easy Guide to Repair 6 and 12 Volt Electric Ride on Toys

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How to repair most common electrical ride- on toys

Step 1: Diagnose the Problem Equipment Needed

There are few common problems which can cause an electric ride-on toy to quit working. A volt meter will be needed but you won’t need an expensive meter. The circuit runs from the battery sometimes they have a fuse or diode connected to one of the battery terminals. If you can test at that point and have an electrical current then go the on/off switch ( not all ride ons have power switch). From there the voltage goes to the pedal then it’s passed on to the forward/reverse switch and motherboard.Then it’s passed to the motors.

Step 2: Testing the Batteries and Connections.

Check 6 volt or 12 volt batteries 6 volt fully charged should read 6 plus volts 12 volt should read 12volts plus. You also want to check the terminals inside the connectors battery side and vehicle side. I had a customer who had a 12 volt John Deere back hole tractor, the battery and charger were both checked out good but he could not get the tractor to work. There was corrosion in one of the connectors preventing the battery from making contact. Sometimes a battery can give you a false good reading before moving on to switches and motors unplug the battery from the vehicle. Using the plug that the battery would connect to, insert a couple of small nails or screws into the plug. This is to give the charger something to connect to, it won’t damage anything. Check on the plug for pos. and negative then hook a regular battery charger 6 or 12 volt depending on the battery side. If you plug in a charger and it works it’s the battery that’s bad.

Step 3: Testing Throttle or Foot Pedal Switch

On the throttle switch you can use the multi meter using the added chart in pic. The foot peddle switch you can disconnect and jump the connection on the switch I use a paper clip, if the motor starts turning once you jump the connection you know it’s the pedal switch. Two more switches on the vehicles are your forward/reverse and fast/slow switches. If your vehicle won’t run or only runs slow or only goes forward or reverse. These switches could be the problem.If you have a vehicle that only goes forward or reverse or high low. Under the switches you will see the wires connecting to each switch. If you have a high low speed switch undo the wires and turn the switch around and replug them in. If it was only working in high and you turn the switch then it only runs in low you know the switch is bad. All replacement parts are available online. If your vehicle won’t move once the battery has been charged and you check it for 6 plus or 12 plus volts. Reading just 6 or 12 can be a sign of a bad battery, it has to be over the voltage because the start up using load power to begin to move the vehicle.

Step 4: Replacing the Battery Charger or Battery

The two main manufacturers of electric ride-on toys are Power Wheels and Peg Perego, make sure which one you have and the voltage (6/12 v )when ordering parts. The connections on these batteries are made to manufactures specs. But that doesn’t mean you have to use their batteries, you can undo the casing and remove the plug connections. Some times the clips are soldered on but not every time. You can take them apart and reuse the plugs, just identify the positive and negative cables. If you have to replace the terminals you can mark them yourself . When replacing the battery charger with the one in the picture you just have to make contact with the metal clips in the connector (pos. To pos. Neg to neg.) Also test your charger to make sure it’s putting out the correct voltage 6 volt or 12 volt and make sure it cutting off when it’s supposed too. I have one car brought in that the charger didn’t cut off, it burned up the battery,control board and melted one of the rear lenses on the vehicle. Once you see the green light or after charges all night test the charger with your volt meter.

Step 5: Checking Controller and Motor

The easiest way to test the controller is once the batteries and switches have been determined to be good turn the throttle or press the pedal switch. If you hear a clicking sound the controller or motherboard is most likely bad. You can also test it with the voltmeter. Testing the motor is done by disconnecting it from the controller and hook up 6 or 12 volt charger to it and make sure it turns. The pic of the large motor is from Razor scooter or moped style the pic of the two smaller motors are found in most 4- wheeler type or the typical cars and trucks. The motors rarely go bad.

Step 6: Drill Drainage Holes

The biggest problem after batteries going bad is shorted switches, The main problem is these ride ons are not waterproof, if they are washed or rained on they won’t drain properly. Even if you have a brand new ride on the biggest tip I can give is drill drain holes. Under pedal switch gear switch speed switch even the battery compartment. There are many new models coming out that have working lights wired radio and remote controls. You have to remember most of these vehicles are made in China. The more accessories the less juice you have for driving which also destroys the battery sooner, it has to be charged more often.

Step 7: Changing the Battery and Vehicle Swicth

You can cut off the connectors one leads from the battery and connects to the vehicle connector. If you are going to use a universal charger instead of the one that came with the vehicle you can connect to the metal clips inside of the connector (pos to pos. neg. to neg. ) .If you are going to use a different battery then the manufacture reuse the battery connector or cut off the manufactures battery charger connector and replace with the universal metal clips which will connect on the new battery.

Step 8: Newer Models

There are many newer models being put on the market and most are coming from China. The more accessories the less power you have for driving,the new ride ons have wired radios, working lights and remote controls. The batteries run down faster and sometimes the mother boards can’t handle the extra charges. .

Step 9: Jeep Brought in As a Trade From a Repeat Customer

Repeat customer brought a Jeep that was having trouble, the car would take off as soon as the battery was connected. The problem was the foot peddle switch. It was a power Wheels model Jeep so the peddle switch worked off an internal spring it was stuck in the on pressed in position. There was no way to rebuild it so I just changed it with a new one. That solved the problem and along with a new paint job it will be listed locally for sale.

Step 10: Check Double Check

Customer brought I an older John Deere Gator, she wanted fixed. Tested battery and it was bad, hooked up a test battery and put it in forward gear and it ran. Then shifted to reverse and no response, with this vehicle forward/reverse is all one switch. I was thinking I would have to replace the switch, but one I took the back panel covering the motors I found the real problem. A mouse moved in and built a large nest, her or her babies ate the motor wiring and sprayed the motor (always wear gloves and face mask, cloth mask types work). Replace the wiring and motor and battery, now it’s good as new. If I had only suspected the switch and had bought a new one it would have been a waste.

Step 11: Battery and Fresh Paint

Had someone bring in a ride on that their kids out grew. Put a new battery and a paint job and it was ready to go.

Step 12: Someone Brought in a Curbside Find

Took the body off to check for broken or cut wires and checked the motors (12 v) replaced one and a new battery. Painted and then put the truck back together.

Step 13:

With a lot of extra parts on hand, had someone ask me to build a trailer for their grandkids.

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Step 15: Bad Idea

Have a few people asking about upgrading their batteries to a higher voltage. When you increase the voltage there is a danger of electric fires . Had someone bring in a 6 volt that was upgraded to a 12 volt and they didn’t realize the pedal switch, on off switch and motors was all affected because they couldn’t handle the higher voltage

Step 16: Repairing Forward Reverse Switch

You can buy replacement switches online for around $7-$10 each. But you can also repair the old ones while waiting on them to come in. Open the switch by removing the top button,empty the contents on your work table. Using spray lubricant to clean the housing and contacts, once you inspect the springs you can replace them. The springs are the cause of most switches to stop working. Cut your new spring 1/2

Step 17:

Once again whichever battery powered ride-on you own, unless it’s kept inside . You need to drill drain holes, the pics are of a hover board that the moisture got to and ruined.

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    lionheaRTD
    lionheaRTD

    Question 3 days ago on Introduction

    Hi there.
    I have a problem and i cant find anywhere how to find a wiring diagram. I have a 12v Huffy Green Machine inline electric scooter model m0417 and (total rookie mistake) it wasnt working so i took it apart and i thought id be able to remember the wiring to put it back together but for the life of me i cant figure it out. It has an on off switch, a charging port, a back electric foot brake. A 12v battery with a fuse on the positive side, a wiring module, a throttle switch and a black piece that has "line" and "load" on it. I need to find a diagram or video on how to put it back together. PLEASE HELP. my email is richarddafoe7@gmail.com. thanks for your time.
    Ps ive added images of all the parts

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    lionheaRTD
    lionheaRTD

    Reply 9 hours ago

    Thank you for trying to help me out. I will check out the link and ill let you know if it helps. Its next to impossible to find the wiring diagram for a hussy green machine 12v inline scooter!

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    ChrisJED
    ChrisJED

    Question 4 days ago on Introduction

    New 12volts 7.5ah/20hrs rechargeable battery and new charger, only shows light on the power button but doesn't start. Please what do I need to do to make it working?

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    jveazey
    jveazey

    Answer 2 days ago

    Could be the motherboard or switch under the foot pedal.

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    holliwudd
    holliwudd

    Question 6 days ago

    I bought my grandkid the 24v Thunder Tank ride on and the steering circuit switch needs a replacement but I cant find anywhere to fix it

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    jveazey
    jveazey

    Answer 4 days ago

    Depending on the amount of time since you bought it most retailers wil replace the ride on for you. If not the following site sells replacement steering motherboard, if your handy with minimal tools (screwdriver) you can replace it yourself. There will be 2-4 screws holding it in place and 3-4 pug ins attached. Maybe take a pic with your phone before you unplug any plugs.
    https://www.kidswheels.com/parts-by-brand/dumar-megatredz/category/856557-thunder-tank-24v-ec-1829-parts

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    bettywise1996
    bettywise1996

    Question 9 days ago

    Hi, I brought my little girl, a riroo BMW style ride on, it's been working co pletely fine, until today when we had no sound whatsoever, we found a wire that's has become disconnected. It's connected to the board for the stereo we just can't seem to find where to connect it to the battery to get power.
    Thanks in advance xx

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    jveazey
    jveazey

    Answer 9 days ago

    Ok it shouldn’t go directly to the battery the board get the power from the battery and feeds the rest of the car. It may be a ground or it can go toward the stereo. I will look and see if I can find a wiring diagram.

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    anastation.igush
    anastation.igush

    Question 6 weeks ago on Step 17

    Could you please advice where I can buy the same controller or how I can substitute ?

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    jveazey
    jveazey

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Depending on the vehicle google the name and part (controller) it should show you a few options. If not send me the name and voltage of the vehicle.
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    anastation.igush
    anastation.igush

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Hi, it’s actually not a car, its riding dog, 6 v

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    jveazey
    jveazey

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Haven’t found any online, maybe contact the company. Are you sur the controller is the problem ?

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    jveazey
    jveazey

    Reply 15 days ago

    The ride on is Dynacraft plush 6 volt, but I wasn’t able to find any replacement parts through any sites I use.

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    Salasx3
    Salasx3

    14 days ago on Introduction

    Hello, we have one of those Huffy 6V Plush Sky Paw Patrol battery operated ride on toys and it stop working after a couple days. We have checked the wires, battery, motor and foot pedal and it all gets power per the meter. We are thinking it may be the circuit board. How do we change this out and where do we find a new one?

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    jveazey
    jveazey

    Reply 11 days ago

    This seems to be a common problem, the problem may be the thermal fuse it is located on the negative side of the battery. You can remove it and hook up the battery directly. This is a relatively new product made by Dynacraft and there isn’t many replacement parts available right now.