Do you have a problem with your kids power wheel batteries and aren’t sure what’s causing it? We’re here to assist you. You’ll learn a couple of different ways to troubleshoot a ride on car battery that is charged but not working in this guide. Hopefully, by the conclusion, you’ll have a better sense of what’s wrong and if it’s fixable or whether you’ll need to replace it.
When was the last time the power wheel battery was used?
If your power wheel battery was left outside throughout the winter or for any other period of time without being charged, that could be the source of your difficulties. When a 12V battery dies and is left uncharged for an extended period of time, the battery begins to deplete itself. When you take it off the shelf and plug it into the charger, the charger might not recognize that it’s connected to a 12V battery and won’t charge it.
The battery in your kids power wheel isn’t fully charged
One of the most common reasons it won’t operate is because your kids electric car battery isn’t fully charged. A new power wheel battery must be charged for at least 18 hours before being used for the first time.
After the initial use, the battery must be recharged—usually for 12 hours (at the very least)—and the charge must be maintained in this manner after each use.
The suggestion for a solution is that charge the battery for the amount of time specified in your instructions. Oh, and don’t overdo it (the battery should not be plugged in for more than 30 hours).
It’s possible that the battery connection is loose
It’s possible that the connection to your power wheel battery is loose, causing the battery to stop supplying energy. Make sure that all of the connections are secure. In addition, the battery harness should be tightened as needed.
The battery has run out
Unfortunately, if your battery is old (the average power wheels battery service life is 1-3 years with adequate battery care), it may be dead. Overcharging the battery is another thing that can harm it in the long run (leaving it plugged in for more than 30 hours).
If you suspect this is the case, replace it with a suitable replacement battery (and you can test the vehicle with a power wheel battery that you are sure is working before proceeding to purchase the replacement).
How to check the voltage of a ride on car battery
Testing the power wheel battery voltage is a critical step in determining the status of the charge. It’s not a difficult test to complete, and all you’ll need is a voltmeter.
After you’ve obtained the voltmeter, follow these simple instructions:
Locate your power wheel battery’s +ve and -ve prongs.
Turn the dial on your voltmeter to the 20 voltage point on the DC side.
Connect the voltmeter’s +ve probe to the +ve prong of your battery connector. Also, connect your voltmeter’s -ve probe to the battery’s -ve prong.
Once firm contact is achieved between both prongs, your voltmeter will display a voltage reading; take note of this value.
For a 12-volt power wheel battery, a value of 12.6 volts (or more) is now regarded as adequate. A voltage reading of fewer than 11.8 volts, on the other hand, is considered dangerous (so a new battery may be needed).
If the measurement for a 6v battery is in the range of 6.6-7.0 volts, the battery may just be sluggish—perhaps you left it uncharged for too long.
Anything below 6.6v, on the other hand, is regarded as dangerous and could indicate that you need a new battery. A voltage measurement below 5 volts is the surest evidence that the battery is failing; expecting it to power on your ride on car is simply unrealistic.
Battery and battery charger testing
If your battery troubles aren’t caused by keeping it uncharged for an extended period of time, there are several measures we can take to test both the battery and the charger to figure out what’s wrong. You will, however, need to obtain a voltmeter in order to accomplish this step. These tools are cheap and easy to come by, and if you don’t have one, you probably know someone who does.
It’s time to learn how to test a power wheel battery now that you’ve obtained your voltmeter. It’s really straightforward, especially if you’ve worked with a voltmeter previously. In basic terms, all you need to do is connect the positive and negative tips of the battery and battery charger to the voltmeter independently, as explained in the attached tutorial. First, check to see if the battery charger is producing a reading of around 13V. If it’s less than that, the issue is most likely with your kids power wheel battery charger, which you may change here. Then repeat the procedure, but this time with the battery itself. You should see a reading of at least 10.5V or higher there.
Connectors that have corroded
The next thing we’d recommend doing is inspecting the positive and negative connectors on the battery as well as the vehicle itself. Examine both carefully to see if anything appears to be damaged or corroded. Another common issue that might cause problems with the vehicle is this. If you detect any damage, all you have to do is get replacement wires and solder them on. Again, this is a chore that may seem out of reach for some, but we feel most of our readers with a charged but non-working ride on power wheel battery can handle it.
The Final Steps
If none of these issues appear to be the source of your problem, the kids car toy’s motor may be to blame. If this is the case, you will be forced to purchase a new vehicle. Before you quit up, we recommend that you double-check all of the above processes, as these are the most prevalent issues. We hope you were able to figure out what went wrong with this guide!
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