Power Wheels

How to Repaint Power Wheels

Carefully remove the body or part to be repainted from the Power Wheels vehicle according to the instructions in the owner's manual.

Place the body or part of the vehicle in a clean and well-ventilated area free of dirt or debris.

Cover all the decals, windshield and other parts you do not wish to paint with painter's tape, or newspaper for larger pieces.

Spray the spray paint color over the body or piece of the vehicle using short even strokes.

Let the paint dry for at least an hour and apply the clear coat.

Let the clear coat dry for at least an hour.

Allow 24 hours of drying time before reassembling the body or part of the vehicle according to the owner's manual.

Remove any tape or newspaper used to cover decals or larger parts of the vehicle.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic paint
  • Clear plastic paint
  • Painter's tape
  • Newspaper

Warning

Always paint in well ventilated areas.

Never let children play with disassembled pieces of the Power Wheels vehicles.

How to Repair a Power Wheels Brute Force

Short Running Time

Remove your foot from the pedal and wait approximately 25 seconds for the battery's thermal fuse to reset before driving the vehicle again. The thermal fuse protects the battery from overheating when extra strain is placed on the battery due to difficult driving conditions.

Press the locking tab on the back of the seat and lift the seat off the vehicle. Check that the motor harness connector is plugged into the jack on the side of the battery. Reinsert the motor harness connector if needed.

Pull back on the battery retainer tab located on the right side of the vehicle and lift the battery out of the vehicle. Remove the motor harness connector and place the battery on a hard, flat surface near a power outlet. Plug the small end of the battery charger into the power jack on the side of the battery and the block end of the charger into the power outlet. Allow the battery to charge for at least 14 hours, but no longer than 30 hours. Reinsert the battery when finished charging.

Replace the battery with a new battery. Repeated battery charging will reduce the battery's ability to hold a charge. Before installing the new battery, charge it for at least 18 hours, but no longer than 30 hours.

Vehicle Suddenly Stops and Starts

Turn the vehicle over so that the bottom is facing up and locate the large, gray bottom motor cover in the middle of the rear wheels.

Remove the screws holding the bottom motor cover with a Phillips-head screwdriver and lift the bottom cover off the vehicle to access the motors that turn the rear wheels.

Press in on the connecting piece of each wire leading to the left and right motors to ensure the connections are secure. The jarring movements while driving may loosen the wire connections, which could cause the vehicle to abruptly stop and start.

Replace the bottom motor cover and turn the vehicle around so that it is again resting on its wheels.

Only Low Speed Operation

Move the shifter knob to the full left position to place the vehicle in low gear.

Unscrew the high speed lock-out screw above the low speed position on the shifter box and pull the screw out of the hole.

Push the lock lever on the left side of the shifter box forward to unlock the high speed shifter position.

Move the shift lever to the right and then up to the highest position to access the high speed drive.

How to Modify Power Wheels Tires

Lay the two cinder blocks in the work area 3 feet apart on their flattest side. Lift the Power Wheels onto the blocks lengthwise, with one block under the front chassis and one in back between the wheel wells, so that the vehicle is suspended.

Use the ratchet set to loosen the restraining bolt on the wheels. Lift each wheel off one by one, and set aside.

Take the crowbar or prying wrench, and separate one of the Power Wheels tires from the wheel base. Put the edge of the prying tool in between the rubber lip and wheel at the middle of the base, and gently pry it off. Repeat for all of the tires/wheels of the vehicle.

Discard the old rubber tires.

Plug in the electric welder. Set the old wheel base with the exterior side facing away from the Power Wheels and resting in the middle of the body of the new larger wheels. Place the edge of the welder at the point of connection where the lip of the old wheel base meets the body of the new wheel base. Start the welder. Weld all around the two wheels. Repeat for each wheel.

Place the new conjoined wheel onto the Power Wheels (interior side facing the Power Wheels). Tighten the restraining bolt on each wheel, and then lift the Power Wheels onto the ground onto its new wheels.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 cinder blocks
  • Ratchet set
  • Electric welder
  • Crowbar or prying wrench
  • 10- to 12-inch lawnmower or similar rubber wheels

Tip

Any modification to a Power Wheels voids the manufacturer warranty.

Warning

Make sure the Power Wheels is off before performing any type of modification. Always wear safety eyewear/masks and gloves when welding.