How to Fix a Powered Ride-On Toy

Updated November 21, 2016

Battery-powered vehicles come in all shapes and sizes and often are favourite toys among kids. Opt for a large jeep or monster truck or put your little girl in a Barbie corvette. No matter your choice, you need to be prepared if a malfunction occurs. If the toy is not operating properly, it could pose a safety hazard for the child that is using it. Learn to troubleshoot and/or fix powered toy vehicles to help protect the safety of your little ones.

Observe your child while they use these toys and keep and eye out for common problems such as overheating batteries or other parts which can burn your child. Look for unusual slowness and jerking motions that could jar the body of your child.

Take note of the exact manufacturer name and product number of the vehicle that your child is using. Look up this information on websites that post recall information, as these products are known to be recalled for safety reasons on occasion.

Refer to your owner's manual for the product and look up information about troubleshooting the product.

Charge the battery to see if it holds a charge. Use an electric battery tester or remove the battery with a small wrench and take it to a battery supply store or auto supply store and have it tested. Examine the cables running from the motor for tears or breaks, and clean the terminals. Replace the battery and cables if necessary.

Examine the axles of the vehicle for debris. Remove any debris that you may encounter. Look for string, long grass and hair that may impede the movement of the vehicle.

Test the suspension system of the vehicle, if there is one, to see if anything is loose. Tighten any loose screws with a small wrench or screwdriver to ensure a proper ride.

Look for breaks in hard plastic wheels or flat spots in rubber tires. Add air to rubber tires or replace broken plastic wheels.


Always supervise children when they operate these vehicles and only allow operation in well-lit areas free of traffic.

Things You'll Need

  • Small wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Battery terminal cleaner
  • Electric battery tester
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