A Guide to Proper Tire Pressure for Scooters

a scooter zooming past on the road

If you have the proper air pressure in your scooter tires, whether it's electric or gas-powered, your vehicle will run better, be safer, and help you save money on gas. But, how much air is the right amount? While you can obtain that information from the owner’s manual, it isn’t always correct. Check out this handy guide before attempting to find the appropriate air pressure for your scooter's tires.

The Importance of Air Pressure

Avoiding Accidents

Having the correct air pressure in your scooter tires means the scooter will handle properly on the roads and respond as needed, which can prevent serious accidents. If the air pressure in the scooter tires is too low, turning corners is especially dangerous.

Saving Money

With the correct amount of air, the scooter tires won't wear down as quickly, and they won’t need to be replaced as often. This can amount to significant savings over the life of your scooter. Although scooters are fairly economical on gas, by ensuring your vehicle has the correct tire pressure, you can save even more money by getting better gas mileage.

Finding the Correct Air Pressure

If you have the original scooter tires on your machine, you’ll be able to find the proper tire pressure from the owner’s manual. Although it will vary from make to make, it should be approximately 18-24 pounds per square inch for the front tire, and 28-36 psi for the rear tire. If you carry passengers regularly, you will likely want your psi to be on the higher end for the back tire.

Aftermarket Tires

Where the original tires have been replaced by aftermarket tires, the recommended air pressure may vary. In this case, it’s important to check with the manufacturer and keep the tires at the pressure they recommend. This pressure can vary with temperature, too, so you should always check your tires before you embark on a long ride.

Checking the Air Pressure

Never guess whether the air pressure in the scooter tires is correct. A good tire-pressure gauge costs only a few dollars and is a worthwhile investment. Always check air pressure when the tires are cold, before you start to ride, rather than in the middle of a journey.

Remove the cap of the valve stem and push the tire pressure gauge down onto the stem. This will tell you the tire pressure. If you need to add air to the tire, you can use a foot pump or go to a service station.

Inspecting Tire Wear

Every time you check the tire pressure, you should also inspect the tread wear and tire condition. If there are any bulges at the side of the tire, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Tread wear should be even across. When the tread looks low, check with a tread-wear gauge and replace as needed.

If you need to repair a flat or change your tires, you can purchase a repair kit or take your scooter to a nearby mechanic.

Proper Tire Pressure for Scooters FAQ

What PSI should my scooter tires be?

Most manufacturers recommend a tire pressure between 40 to 50 PSI for most electric scooters. To be sure, check the owner's manual for the recommended tire PSI.

If you haven't got the owner's manual, look up the make and model of the scooter online and you should be able to find the tire information.

How often should I inflate my scooter tires?

If you ride your scooter regularly, you should top off your tire pressure every other week. If tire pressure is low, the tires are more likely to become punctured or otherwise develop leaks.

How do you inflate a scooter tire?

To inflate a scooter tire, search for the tire nozzle. This is a little piece that sticks off the tire.

Unscrew the cap on the tire nozzle. Now, attach the nozzle of the air pump to this nozzle.

Turn on the pump to fill up the tire with air. Remove the air pump nozzle and replace the cap.

How do I know if my scooter tires are bad?

Tires that are going bad will have very shallow or no tread, which makes them dangerous to drive on. You may also notice cracking along the sidewalls, which is caused by dry rot and happens to tires as they age.

Bulges, flat spots, and other tire abnormalities are further indications that they need to be replaced.

How long do scooter wheels last?

On average, a scooter wheel will last for 2,000 to 3,000 miles before it needs to be replaced. This varies depending on the type of tire, but this is a good general rule to follow.