How to change the belt on a TravelScoot
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With the scooter opened (without the seat and yoke or battery) and sitting on the ground or on a raised surface,
- Remove the 2 screws attaching the aluminum belt guard from around the small gear (on the motor shaft).
- Raise the left rear side of the scooter up (by placing a block of wood or something under the leg) so the wheel can be rotated by hand.
- While applying side pressure to the belt (away from the wheel), turn the wheel backwards and roll the belt off the big gear (on the wheel).
- With the two 5mm Allen wrenches supplied in your tool kit, loosen the axle bolts on the rear wheel. With luck the inner bolt will come out while the outer bolt stays in, but this is no big deal.
- Grab whichever axle bolt is still in place and pull the axle out PART WAY until the wheel can be cocked enough to allow the drive belt to pass between it and the fork.
- Get a good look how the belt is installed so you have an easier time installing the new one.
- Remove old, install new.
- Install the rear wheel, being careful to align the axle shaft with the holes in the wheel and fork. Tighten the axle bolts.
- Place the belt over the small gear on the motor shaft.
- Roll the belt over the big gear on the wheel similar to the removal process.
- Check belt tension: the belt should deflect approx. 1/2 inch with moderate finger pressure. The tension can be adjusted by moving the belt tensioner pulley up or down.
- Reinstall the belt guard. Align it so the bolt head for the small gear is centered in the hole. Otherwise the gear can scrape and make noise.