Saturday, October 19, 2013

More Creaky Seat Solutions

More Creaky Seat solutions are available in this post: 

From Sheron in the U.K.:

I too have had creaky seat syndrome .... it took a while to find exactly the source of the creak, partly because the noise resonates through the wooden seat making it difficult to pinpoint ...... but after a while & using a screwdriver against my ear it became obvious what it was.  The pillar underneath the seat (the one that slides & clamps into the top yoke fitting) had moved slightly & the top of it was rubbing against the metal bracket under the seat.
-  Just take the seat off & loosen the hex nut that clamps the pillar to the underside of the seat.
-  Extract the pillar, cut a small piece of rubber to match the internal circumference of the tube that the pillar slides into & slide it down the the tube.
-  Push the pillar back in to the tube, but don't let it go right to the end stop, then tighten the clamp as tight as is humanly possible.
The offending seat pillar takes the entire weight of the rider & over time will slip till it reaches the end of the tube, then it's metal against metal & will creak ..... unless the piece of rubber is in place to stop that happening.

If done properly it'll be a permanent fix.

As a footnote, I've always found silicone grease to be the best lubricant -- not much money & found in your local plumber store.


Sheron says he used a standard thick rubber washer with 26mm OUTSIDE DIAMETER (that's a fraction over an inch) and they were an absolute perfect fit.

This is one place you could get them from:

I ordered from the same seller, but through the U.S. eBay site:

10/24/13 update: I've just noticed the eBay listing on my link has ended. The link below is good for 21-days (ends 15th November)

They're showing the 26mm Outside Diameter are out of stock.  No problem, the 25.5mm will do just as well.

From Peter in Australia:

I had the same trouble with noise coming from my seat on my TravelScoot about 2 years ago  It was terrible when I was in a small place like a lift. After a lot of searching I realized it was coming  from below the yoke. I cut some flat rubber the same size as the tube of the yolk, and then placed 2 pieces, one under each tube.


Peter replied that the rubber he used was about 1/8" thick from an old motor car tire. He said you should be able to get some from a Motor tire repair shop, but any old thin rubber should be okay.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Sheron and Peter for your great ideas.

    Does Tony read these posts? These sound like preventive enhancements -- gaskets, maybe? -- that should be included in future manufacturing of the TravelScoot.

    AmpleHugs & SunflowerSmiles,