How to Fix Hoverboard’s Wheel, Battery & Foot Sensor – DIY

The worst time for a hoverboard to stop functioning is when you are going out with your friends. But, relax, you can still go out because it will probably take a couple of minutes for you to fix the issue. In this review, you will know how to fix the hoverboard’s wheel, battery, and foot sensor. So once you observe these steps keenly, then fixing the issue is no more a problem.

How To Fix Hoverboard’s Wheel, Battery & Foot Sensor

If you are wondering that any of these problems need professional assistance, then that depends upon the severity of the issue you are facing. Typical wear and tear, you can fix in no time. However, in the case of component failure or more serious damage, that is a call for professional help.

Fixing Hoverboard Locked Wheel

A locked hoverboard wheel is a default feature integrated into the hoverboard to provide safety. This issue is a common phenomenon that may seem a significant issue for a hoverboard beginner. The locking mechanism prevents unknown and unnecessary movements; otherwise, it may cause potential risks. However, it is simple to deal with this issue.

Just press the unlock button, which is present on a remote of the hoverboard. And you are ready to use your hoverboard. It is suggested that you should lock your hoverboard after every ride. This is a prudent step to prevent your hoverboard from causing unknown movements the next time you step on it. The purpose of the lock mechanism is also to prevent your hoverboard from theft.

Fixing Squeaky Wheel or Wheel Rubbing Of Hoverboard

Squeaky noise can be disturbing and make your smooth ride an irritating one. With prolonged use, the wheels start to produce clicking sounds, and you can avoid them by regularly tightening the nuts and screws. However, it is not the sole reason for noisy wheels. Due to a faulty motor or engine of the hoverboard, the issue of the squeaky wheel may arise.

Along with noisy wheels, wheel rubbing may occur because the distance between the wheel and guard is too close or far away. You can rectify these issues by the following few steps, which are simple but need extreme cautiousness. The first step is to locate the jammed wheel by turning the hoverboard on and marking it.

Next, be ready to disassemble your hoverboard by turning it upside down over a foam or box. Using foam or box offers stability. For easy disassembly, first of all, remove those clasp that attaches the light with the guard. You will be able to see a black box about 2’’ X 4’’, also known as a circuit box, located on the side of the wheel.

Unfasten the wires that are connected to the circuit box by holding through white clips. Place the plastic shell part toward the side of the hoverboard. Above the circuit box, you will notice a clamp that assists the wheel and has four screws. You will need a screwdriver to unscrew the Philip head screws. Unclasp the wires of the circuit box. Remove the circuit box and keep it aside.

The next step is to loosen the bolts, which are 6mm long of square metal. The four large bolts can be loosened with the help of an Allen wrench. This will pave the way for you to slide the wheel outward and upwards. If the wheel is stuck and cannot perform the necessary movement, grab a hammer and, with light pressure, hit the metal piece to break it loose.

You should ensure that there is no rubbing of the wheel and the wheel’s movement takes place smoothly. Once satisfied with the wheel’s movement, place back the black box by connecting all the wires to its position. Next, screw the bolts with the help of the Allen wrench and, thus, reassembling the hoverboard for functioning.

Fixing Non-Functioning Wheel Of Hoverboard

If your hoverboard’s wheel is not working or unable to perform its action, then the first thing you need to do is to check for any loose wires. The hoverboard consists of various computer chips, a battery, wires, and whatnot. Often, the wheel’s inability to perform the function is due to a loose wire.

As a consequence of loose wires, a hoverboard does not manage to keep balance. So if your hoverboard wheel is acting up, then an inspection for loose wire is a primary step. To achieve that, open up your hoverboard with the help of a Phillips head screwdriver. Then, keenly observe and be mindful of any disconnected, exposed, or broken wires.

To Replace Gyroscope

The hoverboard features gyroscope technology which allows movement of the wheel in various directions. The difficulty in maintaining a balance on the side of a hoverboard wheel results from the faulty gyroscope. The gyroscope is oriented on a wheel’s side. Nonetheless, you should know that locating a fault and fixing it is a matter of two different phenomena.

Because previously, finding an identical match of gyroscope was an effortless task as there were limited manufacturers to produce circuit boards. Locating an identical gyroscope is essential. You can fix the balancing issue if you find an identical match. However, nowadays, it has become challenging to do so as many companies produce hoverboard circuit boards.

Thus, it is more time-consuming and hard to find an identical match of the gyroscope. Therefore, it is suggested to avoid replacing an old gyroscope due to the high risk of finding the nonidentical match that will cause issues such as fire or smoke due to non-compatibility.

How To Replace A Circuit Board Or A Wheel

Replacing faulty parts of the hoverboard by finding the identical match is a time-consuming and risk-worthy procedure. The safer option is to replace a circuit board of the hoverboard with a replacement kit. Whatever circuit board you are choosing, make sure that it has a similar configuration to a previous one. This step is vital because circuit board replacement kits come with many variations.

So installing a circuit board kit with a different configuration may cause compatibility issues. For compatibility of the kit with that of the hoverboard, check the year in which the hoverboard was built. Or you can compare the kits with the hoverboard’s circuit board to buy the correct one. Even replacing a gyroscope or circuit board does not solve the balancing issue for you.

Then you need to replace the hoverboard’s side wheel, which is causing the balancing problem. But again, the wheel with which you are replacing must be compatible with the hoverboard. Unfortunately, the different companies’ production of various wheel sizes and types has made this task difficult to achieve. Therefore, before replacing the wheel, make sure you check the wheel size and type before ordering or purchasing the wheel.

How To Check And Fix Battery Issues

Other than the wheel, the poor performance of a hoverboard may also stem from battery problems. To check if any fault lies in the battery, you need to test the battery first. Plug the charger of the hoverboard into the wall socket for charging the hoverboard, and the red color means your battery is being charged. This also ensures the proper functioning of the battery and charger as well.

However, if the battery displays a green color, that indicates 100% charge while you have just put the hoverboard on the charge. Or you have been charging the battery for a while now, but it has not been charged. Then there is something wrong either with the battery of the hoverboard or with the charger. Also, even after complete charging, the battery displays red light, which indicates the low battery that shows poor battery symptoms.


Keep in mind that you can not repair a hoverboard battery by yourself. It is a technical task that requires professional assistance. On the other hand, you can replace a hoverboard battery by yourself by following simple steps. Replacing the battery does not need any specific tools. You only need a Phillips screwdriver as it gets the job done.

The first step is to open up the side of your hoverboard as the battery lies on the opposite side of the charging port. You will notice the battery cage on opening up the hoverboard. To access the battery, first, unscrew the four bolts of the cage. Afterward, break the connection of the motherboard to the battery by unplugging the connectors.

Place a new battery, set back the connector to its previous position, and link the battery to the motherboard. Next, place the battery cage and screw the bolts to secure the battery. The last step is to put the jacket on the hoverboard and screw it again, and you are good to go. Finally, put your hoverboard on the charge to check the battery by fully charging it.

Faulty Charger

However, the problem does not always lie in the battery when charging your hoverboard. Instead, the problem may lie in the charger or its socket. It is relatively simple to check or locate the roots of the problem. First, plug the charger into the hoverboard and the wall socket. If the charger and hoverboard display light, both of them respond and function well. But if the hoverboard is not responding to the charger connected, then you have a faulty charger.

The charging issue does not lie in the battery or hoverboard. It is usual for a charger to get hot when plugged in and remain hot while the hoverboard is being charged. There might be an issue if the charger gets immediately hot right after being plugged in. You can get rid of the faulty charger by replacing it with a new one compatible with your hoverboard.

Fixing Foot Sensor Issues

Jammed Pads

Pads getting jammed is when the foot sensor does not detect the rider. When you experience jammed pads, you need to keep calm, and here is what you need to do: switch off the hoverboard. Then, remove and place the pads back on. This will allow the sensors to detect the rider. If you are still facing the same issue, then the problem is probably located inside the hoverboard. Open up the hoverboard and change the position of the pads. Hopefully, this will fix the issue.

Replacing Pressure Sensor

The job of a pressure sensor is to detect the presence of the rider on the board. If the pressure sensor does not detect you, then it’s time for you to change the pressure sensor. First, open up the lowercase, where you will notice the sensor oriented near the wheel. Then, replace the new sensor with the old one.

When you place your feet on the board, the pads can sense the rider as the sensor’s wings connect when weight is applied over it. That is the working mechanism of the pressure sensor. So a pressure sensor is unable to perform this function then that calls for replacing the pressure sensor.

How To Fix Vibrating And Shaking Problem

Who does not want a smooth ride but sometimes, the hoverboard starts spinning in circles or shaking whenever you set your feet on the board. What happens when the air is trapped in the air pad. You will also hear vibrating sounds emitting out of the pads upon pressing them. You need to fix this issue. Otherwise, you can say goodbye to your dream of riding a hoverboard smoothly.

Here is how you can fix it. Switch off the hoverboard. Remove the back cover by turning it over. Ensure that the problem lies in the concerned area by testing it with your hand. On opening the back cover, you will notice a plastic bag. Locate the little lips of the plastic bag and use a small blade to create a small opening to release the trapped air.

Once all air is out, put everything back to its original position. Next, turn on the hoverboard which is now ready to be ridden smoothly. However, be cautious of not damaging the other parts or the plastic bag itself in the process of releasing air. An easy trick is to use the tip of the sharp pen to release the air from a plastic bag. This trick will save you from the hassle of removing every component to reach the desired area.

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This was an in-detailed review about fixing the hoverboard’s wheel, battery, and foot sensor to continue experiencing a smooth ride. The steps mentioned above are straightforward, which you can do by yourself without any significant effort.

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Charles is the co-owner of BudgetOrbit and manages all the technical aspects of the website. He's an eco-friendly commute advocate and has been interested in hoverboards and skateboards since his childhood.