How to Maintain Ride-On Toys for Your Kid

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It’s all too easy to buy a ride-on toy for your kid, let them play with it for a year, run it into the ground, and then throw it away. However, if you give your ride-on toy regular care and maintenance, you won’t have to replace it so soon. Your child will be able to use their favorite toy longer, and they’ll have more fun while doing it. Follow these tips and learn how to properly maintain ride-on toys.

Clean the Ride-On toy

If your child’s ride-on toy gets very dirty, use a mild detergent to clean it. Do not use hot water or harsh chemicals on the ride-on toy. A power washer should also be avoided, as it might damage the electrical wiring of the vehicle.

Check the Screws

To check the screws, you should first look at the parts that are attached to the screws. If there is any looseness between those parts and their respective holes, then the screw will not be able to hold them up. To tighten that screw, try using a wrench or pliers. If it’s too stuck to move easily, use lubrication like WD-40 on it so that you can get some leverage as well as apply enough force without risking stripping out your bolt threads (which happens often when using tools).

You want to make sure that each of your kid’s ride-on toys has all of its screws tightened regularly—this could mean after every play session or even once per week depending on how much they use them and how much wear and tear comes with regular use.

Lubricate the Moving Parts

To lubricate the moving parts, use a lightweight oil or grease that is specifically designed for bike and scooter wheels. You can use an old toothbrush to spread the oil or grease over the axles and bearings. If you’re using a grease gun, apply it to the bearings in the wheel before putting them back on your vehicle.

Inspect for Broken Parts

Sometimes you can easily determine whether the toy has broken parts and if you can repair the toy yourself. If not, contact the manufacturer for more information about how to get replacement parts for your ride-on toy.

Many manufacturers will be able to send replacements through their customer service department. The ones that can’t will probably help you find a local store where they carry them in stock.

Some manufacturers charge for their parts and others don’t—either way is fine! You may want to purchase a couple of extra sets of wheels just in case one breaks during playtime though!

Keep in mind that sometimes it is cheaper (or even free) just buy a new ride-on toy than purchase all those replacement pieces individually over time without knowing whether or not they will last long enough before breaking down again later down the line.

Broke parts inspections are particularly important for a 2 seater ride on vehicles for kids, as two children are twice as likely to break something than one is. 


Now that you know how to maintain ride-on toys for your kid, it’s time to get out there and make some memories. And if anything should go wrong, hopefully, you can fix it yourself with the tips in this guide!

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