When it comes to high-end ride-on toys, many parents feel like they’re not worth getting because they’re hard to fix when they stop working. That is far from the truth, though. Most of the time, the only thing that went wrong was the battery died, which is an easy fix. If you don’t believe us, then keep reading this post about how to change the battery on a kids’ electric car.
Get the Right Tools
Depending on the model of ride-on your child has, you might need a screwdriver or two to get to where the battery is and detach it from the rest of the car. Other than that, the only other tool you’ll need is a multimeter. If you don’t have one, you can get away with buying the cheapest one you can find. You won’t need any special features for this process.
Determine the Source of the Issue
While the car’s internals always have a chance of being the reason for it no longer working, as we mentioned before, this is rare. That’s why you can safely assume the battery is at fault. To determine whether this is the case, you’ll need to hook up the multimeter as instructed by the manual. If it reads that there’s no charge, then the battery is the problem.
However, if the multimeter shows that the battery is good, then you’ll want to check that all of the cables are properly attached. Your kid might have hit a bump that could have knocked one of them loose. If those are all fine, then you will likely just need a new charger.
Replace the Battery or Charger
You can usually purchase both batteries and chargers from the company you bought the ride-on from. If they don’t have a battery, be sure to check with them, so you get one that’s the same model. That way, there are no compatibility issues. Once you have your new battery, it’s on to figuring out how to change the battery on a kids’ electric car.
It’s usually as simple as pulling out the old one, moving the cables to the same connectors of the new one, and then reinstalling it. However, not all ride-on car batteries are made the same way, so you’ll want to find the instruction booklet that came with it because it’ll have a short guide showing you how to reattach the cables correctly for that car.
If you just only needed a new charger, though, you should be all set to plug it in and let it charge for the same amount of time you usually do. After you finish these things, your child’s ride-on should be good as new.