How to Fix a Hoverboard by yourself?(12 common problems and solutions)

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A hoverboard is not only a fun toy, it’s a useful device that helps kids to travel from one place to another in style and be more self-confident. If you own a self-balancing scooter, you must know that this device often faces issues. Here you can know about the common hoverboard issues and how to fix a hoverboard without professional help.

Before we get to common hoverboard problems and solutions, let us reveal the best issue killer-Master reset Method.

Do not overcomplicate problems, sometimes hoverboard issue happens just because it needs to be calibrated.

Master Reset method – The Best Problem Solver

How to reset a hoverboard?-You can solve multiple problems at once by using master reset that includes but are not limited to:

  • Red light displaying on the segway board.
  • Hoverboard learning in one direction, constant alarm sound.
  • Hoverboard not charging properly or pointing upwards when in use.
  • Hoverboard pointing upwards.

How to Use Master Reset?

1st Method

Turn the self-balancing scooter off and put it on a flat surface. Hold the on or off button for 8-10 seconds. After 10 seconds a small red circle will appear on the swegways. When it disappears, you should turn the device on.

2nd Method  

Turn on the board and ensure that it doesn’t move when calibration is taking place. Hold the on or off button for about 10 seconds until red flashes appear. Remove your finger from the on or off button and turn on the board.

Important tips: Whenever hoverboard problems occurred, the first thing you should try is the master reset calibration method mentioned above, if the hoverboard wont calibrate, you should try removing its back cover, unplug and plug all the inside wires again. If it still does not work, then you can dig deeper by scrolling down.

Common Hoverboard Problems and their Solutions

1.Hoverboard Red Light Error

how to fix a hoverboard with red light error

From our previous article-how to fix hoverboard keeps beeping problem, we know that hoverboard red battery light often flashes when met with issue. Here you can know what to do if it blinks multiple times.

If the red light is flashing once, it means that the hoverboard might have loose wires or cables. You can fix this issue by unscrewing the hoverboard from below and tightening the loose cables with a screwdriver. You can also disconnect and reconnect all wires if you can’t find the loose one.

If the red light is blinking twice or thrice, it might be due to an internal circuit problem. To fix it, you need to invest in a hoverboard circuit board replacement kit and follow the steps mentioned there.

In cases where the red light is blinking four or five times, it indicates that you need to replace the motor. If the red-light flashes six times, you might need to replace the battery. If it’s seven or eight times, replacing gyroscopes is a viable solution.

2.How to Fix a Hoverboard that Won’t Turn On

If your hoverboard is not turning on due to any reason, then you should first check if the scooter can be charged or not. When doing that, if you don’t see a green light on the charger box then it implies that the hoverboard internal circuits have gone bad. The only solution here is to replace them.

In contrast, if the green light on charger stays on, turn on the hoverboard. In case you see an orange light flashes, it means you need to replace the battery.

We put together a more detailed post about this issue, you can check here: What to do if my hoverboard won’t turn on.

3.How to Fix a Hoverboard that Won’t Turn Off

When your hoverboard keeps beeping and won’t turn off, you need to take the matters into your hand. You should flip it and unscrew it and slowly remove the battery, this will stop the noisy beeping sound. Then you need to buy a hoverboard repair kit and fix the problem on your own.

4.One Side of Hoverboard not Working

One side of hoverboard not working is a common problem. In most cases, the reason for this is a faulty gyroscope.

This problem can be solved by replacing the gyroscope. You can do that by knowing whether your gyroscope is male or female. If it has two receiving ports and a wire harness, it is male. But if it has more than two receiving ports and no wire harness, it is female. You should ensure that you replace your gyroscope with a perfect replacement to solve your problem.

Male and female hoverboard gyroscope

Important tips: The color of gyroscope does not really matters, you just need to buy the same color as the main board.

5.How to Fix a Hoverboard that Got Wet

If your hoverboard ran into the water accidentally like you were riding it and it rained heavily, you know it’s trouble. For that, you should switch off the board remove the motherboard and the battery. If either of includes is soaked, you should put smart balance wheel in a bowl filled with raw rice. Yes, the rice trick is not only for wet smartphones.

a Bowl of rice

You should also gently clean the other parts of the board with a tissue or soft cloth. Let all the self-balancing scooter dry completely and assemble it again. If it works, you are in luck. If it doesn’t, you might need to replace some parts by buying them online.

6.Hoverboard charging problems

Hoverboard charging problems is a common issue. There are some tips that might be helpful when encountering this trouble.

  • Always remember to read and follow the instructions from sellers when charging a hoverboard.
  • Plug your charger into hoverboard, if the charger shows a red light, it means your self-balancing scooter is charging properly, it usually takes 2-3hour for a full charge.In case the charger appears green light,it indicates the battery is full, there is no need to charge your hoverboard.
  • Slow charging of a mini segway is a problem that occurs if you buy the wrong charger or the temperature conditions are not right. We suggest that you contact the seller or look at the product description to see that you are using an original charger. You should also see to it that the hoverboard is charging in a room with ideal temperature.

What if your hoverboard won’t charge? This issue can be divided into three situations:

  1. Charger shows red light. Just keep it charging for 2-3hours, then you can ride your hoverboard again.
  2. Charger green light stays on but hoverboard can not be rode. Red light appears with beeping noise when you turn on it. This means you have a bad battery, you need to buy a new battery and learn to replace by yourself.
  3. Hoverboard won’t turn on without charger or hoverboard shows orange light when powered on. This is also a battery problem, you can solve it by the second point.
  4. Charger shows no light at all. First, make sure the 3-prong plug and charging port are completely matched, then check the electrical outlet, use your laptop or mobile phone to try and see if it has power. In case the outlet works well, then your charger might be broken.

Charging socket loose may cause no light on charger too. You can open the back cover in charging port side, unplug and plug all the wires, and try the charger again.

Sometimes charger shows no light because your charging port is broken. In that case, you can purchase a new one online and learn to replace by your own.

hoverboard charging port

Here is an interesting video for “how to activate battery”, worth a try if your hoverboard won’t charge.

7. Hoverboard Light Stays On

When the hoverboard light stays on, and the device doesn’t move, it is highly likely that one or both of the gyroscopes have gone bad. You can fix this problem by buying a new gyroscope online and adding it to your board. Trust websites like Amazon if you want quick delivery or Alibaba if you just want a cheap solution.

8. Pad Getting Stuck

If you are wondering how to fix a hoverboard that won’t move, then you should know that the solution is simple.

The problem of pad getting struck occurs when the board fails to sense the rider and hence doesn’t work properly. You can solve this issue by switching off the hoverboard and pushing the pads and release to see if they can get back in place. If it doesn’t work, you should remove the lower plastic case and then reposition pads from the inside of the board.

9. Not Balancing Right

If your self-balancing scooter is not balancing right then the reason for it could vary. One reason could be that the scooter is not in self-balancing mode. You can rectify this problem by taking it to a flat area and ensuring both feet are touching the pedals for easier detection.

An uncalibrated device could also be a reason, and you need to re-calibrate the board to solve this problem. If the reason is disconnected wires, you can open the board and reconnect all the wires. Similarly, if damaged gyroscopes are all the culprit, replacing them might help.

10.Hoverboard Pressure Sensor Problem

Hoverboard pressure sensor

Hoverboard pressure sensor problem is quite common. If your hoverboard can’t sense you when you step onto it, then you should unscrew the board after putting it upside down. The pressure sensor will usually be located near the wheel. When you step on the board, two little wings join and the board starts detecting you. If that’s not happening, then you need to buy a new sensor.

Try to buy it from outside the US if you want it to be cheap. Once you get the replacement, pull the plugs, unscrew it and then put it in. Make sure the rubber nipples are aligned right and then turn it on. Your problem will very likely be solved.

11. Hoverboard vibrate violently when dismounting

If your hoverboard is spinning in circles or shaking out of control when you step off it, then you need to fix the problem. Before you do, you should know that there is an air pocket under the rubber pads. When you press the rubber pads, and you can hear a sound emitting from it.

You can start by turning off the board, flipping it upside down and taking off the back cover.Take the back cover from the side that is giving a problem(you can press foot pad by hand to feel the problemed side). Then take off everything until you see a little lip of plastic under the plastic casing. When you see that little lip, you need to slit it with a small knife to let the air release.

Then you can put everything back in place, put the screws in and turn the board on.

hoverboard foot pad

In case you are not comfortable with the idea of removing every component of the board on your own then you can take a pen and poke holes in the rubber pads so that the little lip can release air. Do this carefully and with light pressure to ensure that you don’t end up damaging a crucial part like the pressure sensor.

Except method mentioned above, “cutting pressure sensor” is another common way to solve the problem of hoverboard vibration, here is a video for how to do it:

12.Hoverboard Wheel Locked

When you want to get rid of the problem of hoverboard wheel locked, you should unassemble the wheel by getting rid of four screws. Then you need to pull the wheel to ensure that you see the washer.

In most cases, hoverboard wheel locked problem appears when self-balancing is broken and it jams the space so that motor in self-balancing can’t work. You can replace the washer to fix this problem.

Conclusion

It is hoped that you now have ample answers to the question of how to fix a hoverboard and you will use them all wisely. If you want more hoverboard troubleshooting solutions not mentioned here, feel free to ask us by commenting below.

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  1. Graham May 10, 2019 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Hi my segway just keeps a red arrow light on and don’t stop beeping couldn’t see it in the troubleshooting problems could do with some advice thanks

    • clark May 10, 2019 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Hi Graham, can you advise how many times the red light flashs?

  2. Stewart lennox June 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Hi there my hoverboard wont move on one side the left side ive rd caliberated it n it dtill wont work as for the lights one minute green one minute red it also vibrates on the right side sometimes why

    • clark July 9, 2019 at 3:09 am - Reply

      Hi Stewart,

      It is probably the motherboard is broken.

    • Deanna Hubbard January 18, 2020 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      My hoverboard won’t turn on. It’s brand new and it’s never came on once. We received it yesterday. But the orange light stays on when it’s plugged it but that’s all

      • James February 16, 2020 at 9:25 am - Reply

        It indicates the battery is defective. In this condition, you can contact the sellers for warranty. Some sellers keep the hoverboard in their stock for a long time so the battery is depleted. Remember to charge it at least once every 3 months even if you do not need to use it.

  3. Amber Anderson July 4, 2019 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Our Hoverboard will charge but when trying to come on it beeps once then turns right off.

    • James May 7, 2019 at 6:09 am - Reply

      Does your hoverboard only works when charging? It is probably a bad battery.

  4. Jarka July 8, 2019 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Hi today I get hoverboard, I don’t know why something is wrong. when I lift hoverboard up hands, both wheels spin at high speed. When I place a hoverboard on the ground, the red light starts to blink and beep. If you do not lift the hoverboard up and drive normally, it will stop driving after a while. Where is the error ??? And why doesn’t the remot work for me?

    • clark July 9, 2019 at 3:10 am - Reply

      Hi Jarka,

      I think the footstep might be stuck, you can open the backcase to check.

  5. Neel Patil July 12, 2019 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    hey.. i am using my hoverboard and then i turn it off to use later. when i come back and turn it on, it will be fine and them constantly beep until it is turned off.. what do i do??

    • James May 7, 2019 at 6:09 am - Reply

      You can try to reset your hoverboard.

  6. Tyler July 21, 2019 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Hello! When I turn my Hoverboard on, it automatically flashes a yellow orange battery. The Hoverboard is not on the charger when this happened. I’ve tried hard resetting it and no luck.

    • James May 7, 2020 at 6:18 am - Reply

      Orange light on battery indicator means the “PCB” in battery pack had broken, you can buy a new battery and replace it.

  7. Kyle July 22, 2019 at 12:09 am - Reply

    When I plug the charger in, the light in the center on top of the board lights up green, then yellow, then red quickly and turns off. Left it on the charger for 3 hours and still just flashes those three colors and nothing else happens. The power button does not activate anything.

    • James August 7, 2019 at 6:19 am - Reply

      It should be a battery problem.

  8. Chad July 24, 2019 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Tried recalibrating my hoverboard and reconnecting all wires still beeping and won’t balance and no lights arent working

    • James August 15, 2019 at 6:20 am - Reply

      Can you further describe the problems? The board can not be opened at all?

  9. Nitish July 25, 2019 at 8:35 am - Reply

    I’m having a problem with my hoverboard; as soon it is fully charged and I turn it on and rides it not more than 3 minutes battery goes down

    • James September 9, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

      Make sure the charger is good, if the charger is broken you can not charge your hoverboard.

  10. Nitish July 25, 2019 at 8:36 am - Reply

    And there’s another one as soon as I turn it on it goes in the forward direction by itself !!

    • James October 2, 2019 at 6:25 am - Reply

      You can try to recalibrate the hoverboard.

  11. David Husted August 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    My hoverboard shuts off randomly but I’m able to turn it on again, right away, without having to plug the charger in, why is that. Please help.

    • James September 16, 2019 at 9:48 am - Reply

      It seems like a wiring problem. You can unscrew the cover and check if there is loose wires.

  12. zhynae August 17, 2019 at 2:17 am - Reply

    My hoverboad is going backwards and wont go forward

    • James September 20, 2019 at 9:40 am - Reply

      You can try to recalibrate the hoverboard. Put your hoverboard on a flat level, turn off it first. Press the power button for 5-10 seconds until you see flashing light. Then turn on the hoverboard and see if it works.

  13. Phil September 3, 2019 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Hi my son’s hover board will not turn on at all. I have replaced the power switch and still nothing. When you plug it in to charge all the deck lights just blink constantly and not in any pattern. I have looked at the charger when doing this and that blinks red at the same time. There is no fault indication on the motherboard either. I am at a bit of a loss?

    • James October 10, 2019 at 9:37 am - Reply

      It sounds like a wires problem. Try to remove the backcover of the hoverboard and check the connections.

  14. Nancy Kershaw September 4, 2019 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Just a new hoverboard an orange light flashing. Would it be needing new battery already . It’s hardly been used and was fully charged before use.

    • James May 16, 2020 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Yes, sorry to say you have to change your battery. In this case, you can also ask the sellers for a refund.

  15. Marie September 11, 2019 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Hi my hover board when I ride it if I stop then go again the left hand wheel kind of throws me forward

    • clark September 12, 2019 at 5:41 am - Reply

      Try to recalibrate it.

    • Carl December 28, 2019 at 10:06 am - Reply

      My hoverboard is new but shakes when I get on it I’m a 14 stone man and it even does this when my daughter gets on who is 7 years old please help

      • James January 11, 2020 at 2:42 am - Reply

        When the weight is not enough for the hoverboard sensor, it shakes. Can you ride the hoverboard normally?

  16. dj September 21, 2019 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    i plug in my charger and the charger lite turns off

    • James May 16, 2020 at 9:34 am - Reply

      This indicates either your charger to battery has a problem. You can borrow a charger from friend to try to charge your hoverboard. If it is not the charger faulty, then the battery has a problem.

  17. Lena September 22, 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Hi, my sons hoverboard charges but will not switch on, it flickers green when u hold and press the on button. We have looked inside and no obvious signs of damage, any ideas?

  18. joanne Lawson November 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Hi, we had a flashing orange battery light, bought new battery and installed , still flashing orange ? any advice please

    • James May 16, 2020 at 2:47 am - Reply

      It is wired. You can check if the wiring inside is connected well.

  19. Keondre November 22, 2019 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Hi when I ride my hoverboard one side sometimes

    leans forward like someone is twisted it from the middle.

    • James December 12, 2019 at 2:46 am - Reply

      Your hoverboard is not balanced, try to recalibrate it.

  20. Brittany Lewis December 27, 2019 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Hi my hoverboard is not charging. The light is green on charger but when I cut it on says battery low. I have not seen any red lights come on. I am using a charger from smaller hoverboard could this be the reason it will not charge?

    • James May 16, 2020 at 2:44 am - Reply

      Using a smaller charger could lead to slow charging process. Charging your hoverboard for a longer time should solve the problem.

  21. Lane December 30, 2019 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Blinking green/yellow light when charging on board but the charger is green on the outlet?

    • James January 23, 2020 at 2:41 am - Reply

      It should be the battery problem. Hoverboard orange light issue means you have a depleted battery.

  22. Rebecca January 1, 2020 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    My hoverboard isn’t charging. When I plug it in, a battery light pops on red and then changes to orange. After about 5 minutes the light turns off. What should I do as my issue doesn’t match to any of your solutions?

    • James February 25, 2020 at 2:40 am - Reply

      It sounds like a defective battery.

  23. Ameen January 4, 2020 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Only one side of the hoverboard moves.
    The other side blue light stays on. Why is it so

    • James May 16, 2020 at 9:27 am - Reply

      You can check the solution on our post: when only one side of hoverboard working. In most cases, the problem comes from the gyroscope.

  24. Robert January 12, 2020 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Hi my hoverboard flashes orange whilst charging. I have checked the battery and it shows 42.0v. Turns on and works for a while but then flashes red maybe saying low battery?

    • James February 28, 2020 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Yes, you can charge it for 3-4hours and see if it works.

  25. Bill January 18, 2020 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Hello. My daughter had a fully charged hover board to start. She rode it for about a minute and bumped into the table and the whole thing completely shut off. It won’t turn back on and It has no power whatsoever. The battery light isn’t even working. I took the cover off and all the wires look fine. Please help. Thank you.

    • James May 16, 2020 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Hi Bill,

      We have a post about this problem, hoverboard will not turn on. If the wires look ok, the possible cause may come from battery, charger or motherboard.

  26. Heather February 4, 2020 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    My hoverboard has a solid orange light on it. When you step on it, the light turns red and it won’t move. Any idea what the issue is? Thank you!

    • James May 16, 2020 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Whether it is solid or flashiing orange light, both mean your hoverboard battery is depleted. You need to purchase a new one and replace by yourself.

  27. Elyse February 7, 2020 at 1:43 am - Reply

    When I try to charge my hoverboard, the light on the charger flashes green and then red instead of staying on red. What should I do?

    • James March 20, 2020 at 9:12 am - Reply

      It usually means your charger has an issue. You can consider to buy a new charger directly.

  28. natosha tarr February 8, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Wat does it mean wen it’s blinking n beein orange

    • James March 21, 2020 at 9:05 am - Reply

      It usually indicates you have a bad battery.

  29. Anna February 16, 2020 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    My hover board only is on when it’s charging. When I take the charger out to try to ride on it, it does not work the button doesn’t turn on the hover board and it’s on with it’s in the charger. what should I do?

    • James May 16, 2020 at 2:40 am - Reply

      It could be a battery problem. You can contact the sellers for warranty.

  30. James February 29, 2020 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Hi one of my hover board wheel in rubbing against the plastic how on the arch
    How can I fix it ?

    • James May 16, 2020 at 2:37 am - Reply

      You can remove the side arch and see if you can adjust it.

  31. Christy March 20, 2020 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    hoverboard just quit while riding after a good charge and wont do anything at all, when you plug it to charger the green light flashes

    • James May 16, 2020 at 2:36 am - Reply

      That means the battery level is low, you might have a bad battery.

  32. BearsEatBeets March 26, 2020 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this site! I got my hoverboard a couple days ago and was annoyed by the constant beeping so decided to go inside it and disable the speaker. It stopped working almost right away, just on one side, and had a constant beeping drone whenever turned on. I tried a few different methods suggested on this page, it ended up being that a screw had worked its way into the circuit board, don’t ask me how. In the end I was so close to just giving up on it but your page made me try again. Thanks.

    • James May 16, 2020 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Thank you and glad to know we can help.

  33. Joy March 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Hi, my daughter crashed her hoverboard into the dining room wall, fell off, and ever since then the hoverboard won’t turn on at all. When we plug the charger into the wall, the light on it turns green, but when we connect the charger to the hoverboard, the green light disappears. I removed the panels and didn’t notice anything obviously disconnected or wrong (but then again, I don’t really know what I’m looking for). I did notice on each side a small cylindrical battery-shaped piece that appeared to be sitting in a weird puddle of white glue right on the computer board – it looked really weird, but it was on both sides so I’m not sure if that’s normal).

    • James April 16, 2020 at 2:35 am - Reply

      Hi Joy,

      It could be a charger problem. Do you have replacement nearby you can borrow?

  34. belinda April 2, 2020 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    hi when i plug the charger in the wall the light is green when we plug charger into hoverboard it flashes red do u think you might know what the problem might be

    • James May 16, 2020 at 2:32 am - Reply

      You mean the charger box light shows red? If so, the hoverboard is charging properly.

  35. Sal April 15, 2020 at 1:41 am - Reply

    My hoverboard will not stop spinning extremely fast when you turn on the power

    • James May 16, 2020 at 2:30 am - Reply

      Have you tried to reset the hoverboard?

  36. Jessica April 18, 2020 at 5:41 am - Reply

    I plugged my board in. And it dont have a light on.. It also starts kicking.. It also wont charge. Or turn on whem its not plugged in? Help

    • James May 16, 2020 at 2:29 am - Reply

      It should be a battery or charger issue.

  37. RM April 21, 2020 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Hi my hoverboard turns off after a few seconds. It is fully charged. What might be the problem?

  38. Dean April 21, 2020 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    My hoverboard has just had a new battery fitted, it is now charging but won’t move. Both pads appear to be working and I have tried to re calibrate. Any help would be appreciated.

    • James April 22, 2020 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      What kind of new battery you bought?

  39. Amy April 27, 2020 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    We plug ours in and the green light is on the charger. Then when it is unplugged, no matter how long it is plugged in, the green lights on the hoverboard flash once and does not turn on. We replaced the battery but it does the same thing. Help!!

  40. Shanita Hopkins April 29, 2020 at 3:09 am - Reply

    I just recently bought 2 hoverboards and doesn’t work. It only works when the chargwr is plugged in, but once its out, nothing. And when it is plugged in, the charger light green an the other light stays red, and nothing. I just want my hoverboard

    • James April 29, 2020 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Battery is probably dead, you can buy a new battery and replace by yourself.

  41. Alexis May 11, 2020 at 12:35 am - Reply

    I got a hoverboard from someone and the battery light is green and there is a red light on. The blue lights work but the board won’t move. What can I do to fix this?

    • James May 11, 2020 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Try to recalibrate it first.

  42. Justin D Neff May 17, 2020 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Thank you guys!!! Thanks to y’all I fixed my daughters hover board!!! I ended up having to do a master reset to get it to work!!!!

    • James May 18, 2020 at 2:36 am - Reply

      Glad to hear we can help.

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