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

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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. 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: 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.

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.

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    167 Discussions

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    Eric Jansen

    4 days ago

    Hi I've got a problem with the electric car. It switches on after charging. Lights and music switch but its not going forward or backwards. Can it be the paddle? I dont see any wires that is off or disconnected. The car is now almost. 2 years old.

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    jveazeyEric Jansen

    Reply 2 days ago

    Yes it could be, but you will need to eliminate a couple of things. You will need to test the battery and charger to make sure they are working. You will need a voltmeter and check the charger while it plugged in, it should read 6 volts, then test the battery right after it’s finished charging. It should read 6 plus . If those two test good then you can move onto the pedal switch, pull the pedal out so you can get to the switch and take it out. Then using the voltmeter hook it to the switch and then press or flip the switch to see if you get a reading on the meter. If you don’t get any changes in the reading and you’ve tested the others and they show good you will need a new pedal switch.
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    scavalenger

    Question 10 days ago on Introduction

    My sons 6V electric bike will work for like 5 mins after charged and then it would stop after a short ride? Is that time for a new battery?

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    jveazeyscavalenger

    Answer 9 days ago

    Sounds like it could be the battery how old is the bike and do you have a voltmeter. If you have a meter test the battery after it’s charged it should read six volts plus . Also test the charger While plugged in it should read 6 V volts. If The battery or charger reads less then 6 plus or 6 volts you have a problem with either.

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    simpham

    4 weeks ago

    hi i brought my kids a ride on 6v range rover it was going for a few wks then my kids stop playing for a month we try to start it again it wont start it tried to click over but wouldnt start, its a new model which has a remote and usb with music aswell please help.

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    simphamsimpham

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    thanks but no it was always left inside the house i tried turning the ignition key it wanted to start its like a real car when you turn the keys it makes that funny noise it wants to kick in but not enough power to start the music doesn't work
    like the starter motor gone and i have charged it 48 hrs i might have to buy a volt tester first before o do anything to it and its the same with the other ride on as well . on one off the other car i cant get the battery out . all the wires are welded onto the battery.

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    jveazeysimpham

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Ok the battery and motherboard may be fried if you charged it for 48 hours. Yes you will need a good working voltmeter to do the test to find the problem. The battery wires should be soldered but there should be a clip on the wires where you can unplug it from the vehicle.

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    jveazeysimpham

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Is the battery fully charged, did it stay out in the weather. Remote control switch on these are very sensitive, that is the first place to start. If you can pull it out and test it with a volt meter, if it’s bad you can get a new one online, set you meter on voted or ohms then turn the switch to on then back to off.See what reading you get if none show after switching it off/on it will be bad.

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    janyia.thomas26

    5 weeks ago

    My daughter Minnie Mouse Mercedes Benz pedal just stopped working.. plugged the battery in and it holds a charge but once connected and push the pedal nothing happens.. what can be the problem and how do I fix this without buying a whole new car? The car is less than a week old

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    jveazeyjanyia.thomas26

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    The first time you charged it, how long did you leave it charging?

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    janyia.thomas26jveazey

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    16 hours... the pedal was working yesterday just stopped working out of no where yesterday when she was driving it..

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    jveazeyjanyia.thomas26

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    You will need a volt meter to check the battery , if it’s 12v it should read 12 v plus ( 12 .22 v) or 6 v plus, it doesn’t matter what the extra volts are as long as it is over 12 or 6 volts. Also double check the wiring make sure you reconnected the plug correctly. Double check the switch for the remote see if it got turned on by accident Check the plug and make sure the connections look clean, does it have a remote or is it just pedal driven? If it’s only a week old the store should replace it.

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    janyia.thomas26jveazey

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I checked everything and it’s only pedal operated and she said she ran into a bush and it just stopped working. I’m going to triple check it tonight and if nothing I will return it.

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    jveazeyjanyia.thomas26

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Look under the pedal and see if any of the wires came off there. It should’ve but that would be the first step since she went into a bush.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    It is possible she may have cut one of the wires also.

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    seana86

    4 weeks ago

    I put a 12v charger on a 6v car, it now only works from the car the remote control will not work, have tried batteries and checked connections and suggestions?

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    jveazeyseana86

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    If you charged it with a 12 volt charger you probably burnt up part of the mother board.

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    TiesseW

    Question 5 weeks ago

    I bought a 12v poweredcar. It worked initially now it won’t stay started. Received new power switch from manufacturer but still not working. Anyone no a solution to this problem???? Need it for my class

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    jveazeyTiesseW

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    What model car is it, how old is the battery ? It can be a couple different issues