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How to Make a Power Wheel Go Faster

By Kay Ireland ; Updated April 18, 2017
Make a Power Wheel Go Faster

If you or your child is the owner of a Power Wheels toy vehicle, you may want to know how to make it go faster. Power Wheels typically go anywhere from 6 to 12 mph, depending on the model that you have. A few modifications can make your Power Wheels go faster so you can get more enjoyment out of it and experience a true-to-life car simulation. Here are some tips for making a Power Wheels vehicle go faster.

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Try installing a bigger, more powerful battery in your Power Wheels car. Most Power Wheels come stocked with a 10V battery but can handle up to a 12V battery. It needs to be charged, but after installation you should experience an increase in overall speed.

Make sure that your battery is charged fully before you use your Power Wheels. A less-than-juiced battery will cause the Power Wheels to run slower. A charger should take around 4-5 hours to power up all the way.

Allow only a child the weight recommended by Power Wheels to operate the vehicle. Allowing a vehicle meant for a 4- to 6-year-old to be driven by a 10-year-old will cause unnecessary strain on the motor and battery and can cause it to run slower.

Run your Power Wheels vehicle only on hard, flat surfaces. Although you may have a Power Wheels Jeep, it does not mean that it is an all-terrain vehicle. Try and stay off of grass, which may cause your wheels to spin and your motor to wear out faster. A worn-out motor generally means less speed.

Retread the tires. Power Wheels vehicles come stocked with plastic wheels, which mean traction problems that can lead to slower speeds. Adding rubber tire treads to your Power Wheels car can give you an extra boost and give you more speed on all surfaces. You can find instructions to retreading your tires at Modified Power Wheels (see resources).

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About the Author

Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.

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