How to Bypass Your Electric Scooter’s Ignition Switch [Tips]

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You can bypass the ignition switch on an electric scooter by taking it apart and accessing it at the core. 

The switch might need replacing, but if it stops working unexpectedly in an emergency, you can hotwire it.

You will need some previous experience with electrical wiring, so if you don’t have the experience, I recommend you contact a professional to replace the switch. 

For those comfortable with wiring and mechanics, I’ll explain the bypass steps you need to follow so that you can get your scooter started and zip off and enjoy your day!

Key Takeaways:

  • The ignition switch on an electric scooter is a crucial component, as it controls the power of the motor.
  • Bypassing the ignition switch can be done in an emergency if you have electrical and mechanical experience. 
  • Remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions for your scooter before you start.

What is an Ignition Switch on an Electric Scooter?

An ignition switch on an electric scooter is a SMALL button or switch, usually located near the handlebars. 

It’s what turns on the POWER to the engine and allows it to start up.

It consists of TWO parts: a starter motor and a key cylinder. The cylinder is used to ACTIVATE the starter motor and get the scooter going. [1]

7 Steps to Bypass the Ignition Switch on an Electric Scooter

For someone with a technical background, it’s easy to bypass the ignition on an electric scooter. 

All you have to do to get started is identify the TYPE of starting ignition you have. 

Scooters have either a STANDARD push-button ignition or a keypad ignition. They are VERY similar, but with the keypad, you might need a physical key to get started.

Remember that additional safety measures should be taken when attempting this such as wearing insulated gloves and keeping exposed wires clear of flammable objects. 

I recommend you watch a how-to-video in addition to reading the steps I will lay out for you.

Pro Tip: It is important to remember that different models might have varying instructions, so you should always check the owner’s manual first.

Step One: Remove the Handlebars

The first step to bypassing the ignition switch is to REMOVE the handlebars. 

This is usually a simple process, and all you have to do is take out ANY screws that are keeping it in place.

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Step Two: The Clutch Cable

The next step is to locate the clutch cable, which will be CONNECTED to the ignition switch. 

This can be TRICKY because you need to know and remember how these components are laid out. 

If possible, take a picture of how it was originally wired and keep it for reference. 

The jumper wire will be used to BYPASS the switch and connect the clutch cable directly to the starter relay motor.

The green wires are the positive end of the starter relay motor and must be connected to ONE side of the jumper wire. 

The black wire is the NEGATIVE end of the motor and needs to be connected to the OTHER side of the wire.

Pro Tip: Make sure you understand all of the wires before you get started. Even mixing up two wires can have negative consequences.

Step Three: Ensure the Battery is Disconnected

To be safe, ensure that the battery has been DISCONNECTED. This will help to avoid any electric shocks and PREVENT damage to the components.

Pro Tip: The kill switch should be in the off position, and the power should be switched off from the mains.

Step Four: Take the Cover Plate Off

Once the battery has been disconnected, it’s time to take OFF the cover plate. This is usually a removable plastic panel that COVERS the entire ignition switch.

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Step Five: Unscrew the Ignition Switch

Finally, you can UNSCREW the ignition switch and take it apart. It is usually a simple process once you have the cover plate removed. 

Step Six: Connect the Wires Together

Once you have removed the ignition switch, you can EITHER hotwire it or replace it with a new one.

To bypass the ignition switch, using electrical tape or wire nuts, connect the wires that were previously connected to the switch together. 

Turn on the power and test the scooter to make sure it runs smoothly. Use electrical tape or wire nuts to secure the connections and stop them from coming apart.

If you want to REPLACE the switch instead, it is usually a simple process, and all you need are some BASIC tools and a new ignition switch.

Pro Tip: Always ensure the new switch is compatible with your scooter and that the wires coming out of it match up to those already installed.

Step Seven: Put Everything Back Together

Once the wires are connected or a new ignition switch is in place, put everything BACK and reconnect the battery. Your electric scooter should now be READY to use.

Check the engine starts PROPERLY and that no warning lights or error codes are appearing. 

If everything looks good, you can now ENJOY your electric scooter once again. 

If you’re a beginner and want to know how to install a key ignition switch, check out this video:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Bypass the Ignition Switch Without the Key?

Yes, scooter riders can bypass the ignition switch without the key. This is usually done by hotwiring the system or dismantling it to access it at the core.

Can You Hotwire an Ignition Switch?

Yes, you can hotwire an ignition switch in an emergency situation. 
This involves bypassing the security system and connecting the two main wires to get the scooter started.

Can You Pop an Ignition Switch with a Screwdriver?

No, you cannot pop an ignition switch with a Phillips head screwdriver or a flathead screwdriver. You can unscrew it and take it apart to get access to the core of the switch.

Conclusion 

Bypassing the ignition switch on electric scooters is a SIMPLE process for someone with experience and can be done in just a few steps. 

That way, you can get back on the road in no time and ENJOY the freedom and INDEPENDENCE that comes with it.

It’s important to remember to always DISCONNECT the battery before starting any work and follow the instructions provided in the owner’s manual. 

With these TIPS, you should have no problem BYPASSING your ignition switch. 

closeup shot of an electric scooter

Sources:

1- Bonk L. How To Change Ignition Switch On Electric Scooter | Troubleshooting And Repairs [Internet]. Gadget Review. 2022. Available from: https://www.gadgetreview.com/how-to-change-ingition-switch-on-electric-scooter

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