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.

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. 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 pick 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: 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 7: 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.

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    nickb721

    Question 1 day ago

    Hello,
    We have Jeep wrangler power wheels. Will only go forward in fast mode and will not go in reverse or forward in slow mode. Only 1 wheel spins. Any ideas?

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    jveazeynickb721

    Answer 1 day ago

    Sounds like the switches may be bad. Forward / reverse switch and fast/ slow switch can be bad. If you can get to the high low switch and pull it out and turn the switch and put it back in. If it then goes only slow you will need to change that switch.If you do the same with the forward /reverse switch pull it out and turn the switch and replug it plug it. If it then only goes in reverse you will need to replace it. The switches can be found online, eBay Amazon, etc.

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    frassmanweedhead

    Question 9 days ago

    I just baught a jeep for my son everything work light an stereo. But when he pushes the pedal a tic tic sound comes from the motherboard. Does that means the bord is no good.. the jeep is new brand never driven..

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    jveazeyfrassmanweedhead

    Answer 8 days ago

    Yes that is definitely the motherboard it could be a burnt diode. Since it’s new I would return it for another. Did you charge the batteries when you brought it home ?

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    oliviahutchison

    Question 12 days ago

    I have a 6v ride on I acquired at an auction for $40! Brand new but damaged box. I've been so excited, it works great, except....the vehicle won't turn left/right.. with the remote or otherwise. It can be forced, but isn't easy for me to do and my toddler certainly can't. So far we've just enjoyed going forward and backward :D Any ideas?

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    jveazeyoliviahutchison

    Answer 12 days ago

    Did you or someone else put it together, sounds like the r/c steering box may have been installed or wired incorrectly.. You may need to contact customer service for help. What brand and model is it ? You can check out the video below. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t_EynQipyZo

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    tiny24inches

    19 days ago on Introduction

    Hi have a 12v ride on range rover..once charged all the features work..mp3.horn.music.lights....but the vehicle does not move...with remote or by the pedal...makes a horrible sound when accelerator pedal is pushed down or the remote is pushed in either direction..any help guys..

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    jveazeytiny24inches

    Reply 18 days ago

    First thing you need to try is raising the two back tires off the ground. Press the pedal and see if they turn.If they do it could be the battery, test the battery with a volt meter. It should read 6 plus volts or 12 plus volts. If you can tell me where the noise is coming from bad motor or bad motherboard.

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    tiny24inchesjveazey

    Reply 18 days ago

    Thanks for reply the car is parked at another address..but soon as i see it im going to do as you say..i let you know the outcome..soon...thanks

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    jveazeytiny24inches

    Reply 18 days ago

    Cool let know let me know the make and model also.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 18 days ago

    Is it brand new or an older model. Brand new something may not be connected correctly.

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    nicknick11

    Question 27 days ago on Introduction

    Hello,

    I have a Mini Beachcomber 2 seater for my daughter. It worked for about 2 hours and then the accelerator pedal lost control and it just ran at full speed. There was no slow or medium speeds, just touch the pedal and It's full power or nothing. so we can't use it. All else works, but I can get any response from the company where I purchased it (Duplay) so looking for some advice elsewhere now.

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    jveazeynicknick11

    Answer 26 days ago

    Hi it’s probably going to be the speed setting switch I would change that first check the low side. The next thing would be the control board and also test the remote control to make sure it’s not stuck in high gear.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 24 days ago

    Also if you remove the speed switch turn it over and replay it back in. If then it only works in low gear you will know it’s the switch.

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    nicknick11jveazey

    Reply 22 days ago

    Hello, thanks so much for this direction, I have just tried this.

    I removed the high / low speed switch, it had 2 wired attached. I pulled them out and put them on the other side of the switch, the car only then ran in low speed.

    The accelerator still turn on power instantly, It's not gradual, and it when you take your foot off the pedal it still runs for 2 more seconds, so we still don't have control.

    Under the accelerator, there is only 1 switch. Should I therefore change both the high / low switch AND the accelerator to hopefully illuminate the problem?

    I thank you very much for your help

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    jveazeynicknick11

    Reply 20 days ago

    Yes change both by try the speed switch first if that solves it you will have a spare pedal switch.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 25 days ago

    The speed setting on playactive is listed as the following.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 21 days ago

    Yes I think it going to be good to change both, but I would put the speed switch in first and try it. If it’s works then you will have a spare pedal switch.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 25 days ago

    Also some ride ons have two pedal switches under the accelerator if that’s the case you will have to change the low speed switch.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 25 days ago

    Also some ride ons have two speed switches under the accelerator pedal. If that is the case you will need to change the low switch

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