Pursuit XL scooter, rubbing sound during right turns...
When I turn right, the sound and vibration is coming from the left wheel. At first I thought it was the tire rubbing up against a cable but when I looked, there's no evidence of that. And today it got worse! It's not a "smooth" continuous sound: (zzzzzz)... It has a "texture" to it:
(buttabuttabutta), as if a tire was rubbing up against something. I can feel it as well, with my hands on the tiller. And today it began sounding worse, (after I attempted to look down there to find where the problem is coming from: (didididididididi)... and much louder. I felt around the wheel mechanism and nothing seemed to be wrong but the sound persists. Maybe I moved something with my hand without knowing it?
Left turns and driving straight are smooth and fine.
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Re: Pursuit XL scooter, rubbing sound during right...
My first guess is that you have either loose lug nuts(5)on one or more of the wheels, or you have loose screws(6)that hold the wheel rims together as these have split rims. This is more common on scooters with flat-free tires as the tire and the foam insert will chafe against each other and produce a rhythmic sound as the wheel rotates. Try tightening all of the lug nuts first and see if that helps. If it persists, try removing the tire by removing the 5 lug nuts and pulling it off the axle. You'll see six bolts that hold the rim halves together. Re-tighten all of these and install the wheel to see if that cleared the noise. Note: The real wheels have a key-slot in the axle and a key which slides into this slot to hold the tire to the axle. Be careful not to lose the key when you slide the wheel off, and be sure to get the key back in the slot when you install it back on the hub. Here is the page for your scooter. Click on the owners manual and scroll down to page 37 for info on tire removal.
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If you turn to the right and the speed of the clicking sound goes faster then your left wheel has the problem. The shaft key is a little loose and is shifting while running. If you turn to the right and the speed of the clicking sound goes slower then the right wheel has the problem. Sometimes a stick will become lodged underneath making contact with the wheel or rim making a clicking noise. These noises can drive me nuts. Scooter Doctor App
If the problem is as bad as it sounds, you may be close to parking it until fixed. Normally, if you turn left, your are "loading" the right side, and visa-versa. Think of it this way. Picture a car going fast around a turn. The wheel on the inside of the turn might actually lift off of the ground, it is "unloaded". With that thought in mind, look closely at the right front wheel. Start with the brake pads and /or rotor ( what the brake pads rub on to stop the car.) Check the rotor inside and out. A good flashlight will do. Pull the right front wheel and see if the pads are worn out or the rotor is no longer smooth, but "torn up" on the inside or the outside. If the pads and the rotor is fine, next look at the wheel bearings. This will be a bigger problem, probably a shop needs to check this out.
The noise you are describing usually comes from the trans-axle and not from the motor/brake. Motor brake noise is usually continuous. Sounds like the trans-axle may be slightly bent on the right or rubbing internally. The easiest way to identify this is to block up the scooter and remove the rear cover. Look and listen to all the drivetrain components while the scooter is blocked up and running. If you hear rubbing at the end shaft as you describe you can try the following:
Loosen the trans-axle metal mounts that clamp the rubber sleeves over the trans-axle
Spray the rubber sleeves with silicone. Re-torque the clamps after checking the alignment.
An overtightened or misaligned clamp can sometimes cause noise.
The brake/motor/transaxle has a prorated three year warranty so you should go through a Pride dealer for warranty repairs.
Sometimes you can get a noisy wheel on the key and key-way of the trans-axle shaft. It may be worthwhile to pull both rear wheels lubricate the shaft key-ways and keys and re-install the wheels. This can sometimes quiet a multitude of noises from the trans-axle. Depending on the age of the scooter you can do nothing, replace the brake/motor/transaxle parts individually, replace the complete assembly. I like to replace the entire assembly under warranty so there are no future problems. The rest of the repair depends on your insurance coverage or budget. Hope this helps.
I had this same problem and the dealer could not reproduce the noise when I would take it in to get looked at. (during the day when the temperature was warm) So I decided to leave it over night and they test drove it in the morning when the temperature was cold and they heard the noise. It ended up bing the steering rack.