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August 12, 2023 4 min read

How to Replace Brake Pads on an Electric Scooter

Scooting around town on an electric scooter can be a lot of fun. But you know what isn’t fun? Realizing your brakes aren’t working properly when you're zipping through the streets. 

Maintaining your scooter's optimal performance is not just about ensuring a smooth ride; it's about preserving your safety and prolonging your scooter's lifespan. Among the many components that need regular attention, brake pads play a crucial role. Over time and with regular use, these components wear out and need replacement. A good understanding of when and how to replace your brake pads is a skill every scooter rider should have in their repertoire. 

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of replacing the brake pads on your electric scooter. No need to be a seasoned mechanic, we promise. Let’s begin! 

Understanding Your Electric Scooter's Braking System

electric scooter brake pads

The braking system is crucial to the safety of any vehicle, electric scooters included. Before you dive into the nitty-gritty of replacing brake pads, it's crucial to understand the mechanics of your scooter's braking system.

The majority of electric scooters utilize disc brakes, with the brake pads being a key component. When you apply the brakes, the brake pads apply pressure to the rotor, creating friction that slows down the scooter. Over time, these brake pads wear down and need replacing for safety and performance.

When to Replace Brake Pads on an Electric Scooter

Understanding when to replace your brake pads is just as important as knowing how to. Regular inspections will help you determine if it's time for a replacement. Look for visible signs of wear, such as thinning brake pads or decreased braking efficiency. If your scooter takes longer than usual to stop or if the brakes make a squeaking sound, it might be time to replace the brake pads.

smears along the electric scooter brake disc

Typically, signs that your brake pads might need changing can be a loose lever or if there are smears along the brake disc. Remember, lever problems can sometimes indicate other issues such as low brake fluid. If you need guidance on the brake fluid refill process, we have a video tutorial here.

How to Replace Brake Pads on an Electric Scooter

mantis pro se electric scooter

Replacing the brake pads on your electric scooter is an essential part of its maintenance. In this article, we'll walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to replace brake pads on a Mantis Pro SE for demonstration purposes, although these steps can be generalized to most electric scooters.


  • Pliers
  • New brake pads

Changing the Brake Pads

pin which secures the brake pad on an electric scooter

remove old brake pads

  1. Once you've confirmed which brake pads need changing, locate the pin that holds the pads in place.
  2. With your pliers, unbend the angle in the pin securing it in place. Once straightened, you should be able to pull the pin out and lift the pads upward. 
  3. Carefully slide the old pads out of the metal casing. 
  4. Next, slide the new brake pads into the same slots on the metal casing.
  5. Now, slide the metal casing with new pads back in place. Make sure to line up the holes so you can thread the metal pin through.
  6. Finally, use the pliers to bend the end of the pin at an angle to secure it in place.

Testing Your New Brake Pads

secure the new brake pad on the electric scooter

Now that you've successfully completed the electric scooter brake pad replacement, it's time to test out your new brake pads to ensure they have been installed correctly and are functioning as they should.

  • Visual Inspection: Start by visually inspecting the newly installed brake pads. They should be securely in place with the pin properly inserted and bent at the end to prevent it from sliding out.
  • Lever Feel: Next, check the feel of the brake lever. The lever should have a firm feel when you squeeze it, indicating that the brake pads are making good contact with the brake disc. If the lever feels loose, it may suggest that the brake pads are not properly positioned or the brake fluid is low.
  • Short Test Ride: Now, proceed with a short test ride. Accelerate your scooter to a comfortable speed and then apply the brakes. The scooter should come to a smooth stop without any stuttering or squeaking sounds. If you notice any unusual noises or if the braking doesn't feel smooth, you might need to adjust the brake pads or check the brake system for any other issues.


To wrap up, it's clear that being able to replace your electric scooter's brake pads is an invaluable skill for any scooter owner. By regularly inspecting your electric scooter, you can keep ahead of any wear and tear and replace parts before they fail. This level of diligence will extend the life of your scooter and make your rides safer and more enjoyable.

So the next time you notice a change in your braking performance, don't hesitate. Read through this guide, roll up your sleeves, and get to work. You'll be back on the road, cruising along with confidence in no time.

Keep riding, stay safe, and remember – your scooter's performance is in your hands!

Kayla Ang
Kayla Ang

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