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

Supplies:

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. All replacement parts are available online.

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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    nicknick11

    Question 3 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 2 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 19 hours ago

    The speed setting on playactive is listed as the following.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 20 hours 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 20 hours 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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    hellcatgod77

    Question 2 days ago

    Help mom left 4yr Olds best choice quad atv 12v ride on out in the rain and doesn't work now. It's been taken apart to dry out but would like some tips if possible on what to check first

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    jveazeyhellcatgod77

    Answer 2 days ago

    If you have a volt tester check the battery and make sure it wasn’t left on and drained. Next check the power switch to make sure it’s working. You will have to pull the switch out to test.

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    nirasharpw

    5 days ago on Step 3

    Hi suddenly today evening my son's car stopped riding in low speed mode. It still rides well on high speed. Can you please help?

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    kallurav

    Question 2 months ago

    Hello,

    Have a strange problem with my son's ride on car. It seems to just cut out suddenly. When he is pushing the gas pedal, the car goes for a meter or so and suddenly stops, it starts to go again and stops again.
    I checked the battery and its showing just over 12V, after doing some googling, have narrowed it down to may be controller or the Fusebox. Just wanted to know if you would have an idea which one it most likely be with this kind of problem..

    Controller
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    Fusebox
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DIY-7A-10A-15A-Aut...

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    jveazeykallurav

    Answer 14 days ago

    Sounds like a pedal switch maybe going out, you will need to check that first. If you can tell me that then we can go from there.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 10 days ago

    Fuse only goes bad if you over charge the battery out of the two I would lean towards the controller.

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    jveazeyjveazey

    Reply 8 days ago

    Fantastic glad you figured it out, make sure your charger is not overcharging,(check to see if the charger turns off when it’s finished charging) that can cause the controller to go bad. Also drill plenty of drain holes.

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    marek_norwayjveazey

    Reply 9 days ago

    It is definitelly not the pedal switch, I have the same problem and the same situation if you operated the car via remote controll or via pedal switch...

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    jveazeymarek_norway

    Reply 8 days ago

    Is the problem the same in reverse or just forward , if so then it would be the forward switch. If it’s the same in f/r then the next step would be the control box.

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    marek_norwayjveazey

    Reply 8 days ago

    It was problem in controll box, cmd transistor 70N03, it was burned, I changed it, now everything works. Cost me 5 dollars.

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    marek_norwaykallurav

    Answer 9 days ago

    Have you solved your problem? I have the same problem, car runs 5 sec. then cuts the power to wheels, after few sec. runs normally for another 5 sec and cuts again. Same with pedal or remote control operared. I have the same fusebox and controller.

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    jveazeyfarkasferenc92

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    I think it may be the pedal switch,if you have a volt meter remove the switch. Then you test it to see if that’s the cause.

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    jveazeykallurav

    Answer 2 months ago

    I don’t think it’s a fuse but it could be a couple of things, check the peddle switch. You should be able to remove it with a flat head screwdriver. Undo the wires that plug in from the bottom. Use a volt meter and press on the peddle and see if you get a reading. Also does it work in reverse if so it could be the forward switch, if it does work in reverse you will need a new forward switch. Check on those then let me know what happens.