Scooter Brakes & Brake Parts

Scooters have a long history in the world of transportation, beginning in the early 20th century when the Autoped was first developed and manufactured in New York. The early design of a standing motorized scooter that was the basis for the Autoped evolved over time into a variety of different motorized scooter designs that were light and nimble for the growing transportation needs within urban areas.

What are the different parts in the braking system?

There are a variety of motorized scooters still in use, from mobility assistance scooters that offer daily help to people who need them for an array of medical or disability reasons; to motorized scooters such as the iconic Vespa, known in Italy and around the world for its style and utility for transportation within urban settings; to motorized scooters that are built on a smaller scale for children to use for fun under the supervision of a responsible adult. Whichever type of scooter you drive, maintaining its mechanical parts, including the critical braking system and associated components, can help you enjoy your scooter for years to come.

What are some of the different brake systems?

Because there are a wide variety of scooters out there to serve an array of needs, there’s also an array of braking systems with unique parts. Some typical braking systems include:

  • Band brakes
  • Caliper brakes
  • Drum brakes
  • Disc brakes
  • V-brakes
What parts make up a scooter’s brake system?

The two key components that wear the most quickly over time in most motorized scooters are the brake pads as well as the brake shoes that hold the brake pads. You can easily find replacements for these parts, however, and you can install the replacements yourself if you have the appropriate tools.

How do you change the disc brake pads on a scooter?
  • Start by removing the brake caliper. Most scooters have two hex bolts holding the caliper either to the fork leg for front brakes or the crankcase swing arm for rear brakes. Remove these bolts and slide the brake caliper off the disc.
  • Before removing the brake pads, compress the piston into its starting position.
  • Remove the lid from the brake fluid tank.
  • Remove the brake pads by unscrewing the pins with an Allen wrench. Leave the spring clip in place.
  • If you notice that the caliper is dirty, clean it by using brake cleaner.
  • Apply a small amount of copper grease to the metal back plate of each new brake pad before sliding it into place and positioning it correctly against the spring clip.
  • Replace the pins and slide the caliper back into position on your scooter, and then tighten the bolts.
  • Squeeze the brake lever a few times to force the caliper piston to move back into the correct position.