Did you know that it can take up to two hours to assemble some ride on toy cars? Most parents have no clue how to assemble a ride-on car, and this guide seeks to offer a few pointers in the right direction.
Some electric cars arrive when they are halfway assembled, while others require parents to assemble them from scratch. Having an idea on how to assemble ride on cars for kids can simplify the process of putting together your child’s new toy.
Parents mostly need a screwdriver for the assembly process because most parts are prefabricated. By the end of the article, you will put together a car that will run smoothly on manual or automatic mode.
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How to Assemble Ride on Cars for Kids
The first step each parent should take upon the arrival of a package is to confirm that all the vehicle parts. It is standard policy for electric car manufacturers to provide a manual that parents use to put together the vehicle. Usually, there is a list of parts or a visual illustration of various parts of the vehicle.
Go through the contents of the box and establish that every part is available. Use a clean workspace when you are cross-checking the electric car’s contents not to lose any parts in the process.
- Check for Any Damage
Pieces of a ride-on vehicle can get damaged during the delivery. Couriers can be a little reckless when delivering items to their owners. Once you notice any damaged parts, you need to take multiple pictures of the damaged parts for evidence.
After that, you need to send an email to the manufacturer asking for a replacement and attach the pictures to show the damaged parts. Customer service will give you instructions on what to do next to get a replacement part as soon as possible.
- Check for Missing Parts
Manufacturers can leave a piece or two out by accident during packaging. Take an inventory of the box’s contents as soon as you can, ensure that you notice when there are missing parts for the electric car. You can lay out all the pieces you received and attach them to the email to send customer support to request the missing pieces.
You must check the contents of a box immediately because it can take a long while to receive missing or replacement parts. A delay in delivery for replacement parts can make it impossible for you to give your little one the perfect gift on their special day.
Start the Assembly Process
Layout all the parts on a clean work surface to make it easy for you to identify the parts that you need when you are working. Take time to read the whole instruction manual at least twice to ensure that you understand the assembly process’s steps. Some electric vehicles do not come with a manual, and parents have to go online and find videos that show how to assemble a ride on car for kids, depending on the model.
It is essential to follow all the instructions as stipulated by the manufacturer in the manual. Alternatively, some manufacturers have a video on their website showing how to put together a particular electric car model. Most parents find it easier to use a video when doing the assembly because they can mimic whatever the adult in the video is doing.
Parts That Need Special Attention
A few parts can cause an electric toy car not to work when they aren’t installed in the correct method. Spending an extra few minutes on sensitive parts can ensure that your assembly process is a success, and your child can use the toy when it is ready.
- Battery Terminals
Connecting battery terminals haphazardly to switches can lead to a vehicle that isn’t working. It would be best if you connected red wires to red terminals and black wires to black terminals. Take time to ensure that the connections are sturdy so that the power flows through seamlessly.
Check to see whether the battery compartment keeps it in place or if it is too big. You can use some packaging materials to fill extra space and keep the battery steady when the toy car is on the move.
- Door Latches
Door latches are essential parts to ride on vehicles with lockable doors. Installing them ensures that the doors work, and they don’t pinch your little one’s fingers. Lose latches indicate a displacement of a spring that makes them bounce back in place.
You can unscrew one side of the latches to get space for maneuvering and straightening the spring before replacing the screws. Make sure you test the latches before you let a child get into a ride-on car.
- Wheel Axle
An axle is a metal rod that runs between two front and back wheels and keeps them moving in synchronized harmony. Sometimes the axle can be lost and cause an electric car to wobble when moving. You need to check the axles and the frame under the vehicle to ensure that it works seamlessly before putting your little one in the toy.
Amazon Assembly Option
Amazon has an option for assembling electric toy vehicles at a small fee. Clients get a quote for assembling different models for ride-on cars for kids. It is simple to request for an Amazon employee to come to your location and do the assembly. Several rules apply before asking for a provider to come and put together the vehicle.
- You need to purchase the ride-on vehicle from Amazon before booking an appointment.
- You should lay out all the parts of the toy before the provider comes over to your home.
- The assembly time will vary depending on different models of electric toy cars.
- Extra parts will cost you more to assemble.
The process of getting someone from Amazon to come and assemble the ride-on vehicle is simple. You need to book an appointment online for the day and time that is convenient for you. The professional will meet you at the appointed time and location for the assembly.
After the assembly, Amazon will bill you according to the service that you received. The transactions are transparent, and you will receive a breakdown of the billing process. Contact customer service for any changes you want to be made on the charges before Amazon deducts them from your card.
Charge the Battery
After assembling your toy car, you need to prepare it for use by your child. It would help if you did before getting your child into a ride-on vehicle is to charge the battery. Different manufacturers indicate different initial hours of charging before using the electric car for the first time. The initial charging hours depend on the capacity of the battery.
You need to charge 6V batteries for at least 10-12 hours before using a toy car and recharge for a 6hrs. For 12V and 24V batteries, you need to charge them for 14-18 hours initially and 8-12 hours for recharges. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to charging times to preserve your electric car battery’s integrity.
Pair the Parental Remote Controls
Assembling a ride-on vehicle is not complete until you have paired the remote control to the vehicle. Instructions for pairing a remote control ride-on vehicle are included in the manual. You need to turn off the engine for most cars and turn on the parental remote control device for pairing.
Usually, there is a pairing button on the car that parents should press to initiate the process. A remote that isn’t paired has flashing LED lights, which become constant once the pairing process is complete. Use the manufacturer’s instructions for the pairing process because some electric cars need to be turned on for the pairing process.
How Long Does It Take to Assemble a Ride-on Car?
The duration of assembling a ride on car will depend on the vehicle’s model and the level of assembly that the manufacturer has done. Semi-assembled vehicles can take as little as 30 minutes to assemble, while non-assembled vehicles can take up to 2 hours for the assembly.
Read the instruction manual thoroughly to ensure that you are well versed with the parts before you begin. Also, check parental reviews online to get a rough estimate of how long it will take to assemble your model. Some brands like Power Wheels take as little as 45 minutes to assemble a unit.
Do You Need Tools?
You don’t need fancy tools for the assembly process because most parts are ready for use. You can put together a toy vehicle using a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. A good ride-on car brand will make it so that prefabricated parts fit together like a puzzle.
Many parents do not know how to assemble ride on cars for their kids, especially when they are first time buyers of ride-on toy vehicles. There is a rough outline on how to assemble a ride on cars no matter the brand that you buy for your child. If you are not handy with tools, you can hire a professional from Amazon to do the assembly.
It is affordable, and it saves a lot of time for busy parents. Overall, learning how to assemble ride-on cars helps parents who have multiple kids who wish to own a ride on car. It is important to save the assembly instructions just in case you decide to take the vehicle apart, to say paint the ride on for example.
Kevin is the founder of RCRideOnCars. While watching my children drive around the yard on Ride On Cars with big smiles on their faces, I decided to start this Power Wheels site to help out everyone to make sure they get exactly what they are looking for.
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