Can I Jet/Hose Wash My Electric Bicycle?
Yes, you can use a jet/pressure washer to clean your ebike however it is recommended that you only use it for soaking the entire bicycle before manually scrubbing away any dirt. It is recommended that you use the jet wash on a low pressure setting to wet/soak the bicycle frame, handlebars, electric motor and battery casing, wheels and spokes before manually scrubbing with a brush/sponge and hot soapy water
There are no rules to say that you can not clean your entire ebike with the jet/pressure washer however I would avoid using a jet/pressure washer to clean the electric motor and battery protective casings. This can clear away protective factory grease around the electric motor and battery casing and additionally can loosen critical fittings and fixtures (bolts and nuts) used to securely fix and protect the electric motor and battery
Submerging the electric motor and battery casing with a high pressured setting on the jet/pressure washer over a sustained period of time (five to eight minutes) can breach the protective casings as they are designed to be water resistant, not waterproof
This can lead to significant amounts of water getting between the small cracks and inside the electric motor/battery casings as the pressure is forcing its way into the cracks (even a hair width) as this is what happens to buildings and homes when there is severe flooding
Water getting inside the internal workings of the electric motor and battery will be catastrophic and is likely to lead to catastrophic failure and expensive repair charges, even buying a new ebike to replace it in some extreme cases
To avoid this, it is recommended that you only use a jet/pressure washer for soaking the entire bicycle before manually scrubbing/cleaning. It is recommended that you maintain a responsible distance from the ebike when using your jet/pressure washer as getting too close can really raise the pressure and concentration of the spray in that one area
Avoid having a high pressured setting on the jet/pressure washer and getting too close to the electric motor and battery casing fixtures and fittings as this can again remove protective grease around the electric motor and battery casing and loosen critical fittings and fixtures
Having too high of a water pressure on the jet/pressure washer runs the risk of chipping any protective paintwork on the bicycle frame, handlebars and spokes. Chips in the paint work can quickly lead to rust forming especially when the bicycle is wet and damp when being cleaned. Avoid having too high of a pressure setting on the jet/pressure washer and getting too close to the protective paintwork as this will cause you problems
Can Any Water Get Into The Motor Or Battery Accidently When Using A Jet/Pressure Washer?
Using a jet/pressure washer to clean your electric bicycle can run the risk of water getting between small gaps and crevices throughout your bicycle frame and motor fixings. The added pressure and rate of water force means that there is an increased chance of water forcing its way through small gaps and crevices especially when getting to close to the bicycle frame and motor fixings and having too high a jet/pressure setting
How Is The Electric Motor & Battery Casing Protected When Jet/Pressure Washing My Bicycle?
Most, if not all electric motors on electric bicycle will have an IP Rating, IP stands for ingress protection and is a code to define how well the electric motors enclosure is protected against the external environment
Your electric bicycle IP Rating is usually followed by two numbers, the higher the number the higher the level of protection the electric motor has against elements in the external environment. The usual IP Ratings for an electric bicycles motors range from IP60 all the way up to IP68, however some motors may have an IP Rating of IP56 for example
Make sure to check what the IP Rating is on your bicycle is before jet/pressure washing/soaking your electric bike to make sure that the electric motor and battery casing is able to cope with using your jet/pressure wash
What Water Pressure Setting Should I Use When Washing My Ebike With A Jet/Pressure Washer?
ALWAYS use a low pressure setting on your jet/pressure washer when soaking your electric bicycle, usually the first or second pressure setting on a generic jet/pressure washer will be enough to soak your electric bicycle without removing protective grease around the electric motor casing or any protective paintwork on the bicycle frame
Can I Use A Higher Water Pressure Settings For Different Areas Of The Ebike To Speed The Process Up?
You can and it makes sense to, using a different water pressure settings on your jet/pressure washer makes sense to speed the process up when cleaning your electric bicycle. Areas to use a higher water pressure settings on your jet/pressure washer would be the following, both spokes and tyres, the bicycle frame and the handlebars frame (not the electric cabling area however)
Avoid using too high of a water pressure setting and getting too close however, stay clear of the electric motor and battery casing, the chain and gears when using a higher water pressure setting on your jet/pressure washer
Why Is It Recommended That I Only Soak My Ebike With A Pressure Washer And Then Manually Scrub?
The reason it’s recommended that you only soak your ebike and not wash the entire ebike (like you would a car or motorcycle) is that’s it’s to avoid water getting into the electric motor and battery and causing catastrophic damage to it
Washing your ebike with a pressure washer like you would your car or patio always runs the risk of small amounts of water getting between small gaps and crevices throughout your bicycle frame and between the protective motor fixings. The pressure and rate of the water runs a much greater risk of forcing (or being propelled) its way into the small gaps between the electric motor and battery protective casing than using a sponge
The electric motor, cabling and battery are very much exposed on an electric bicycle so to avoid any water damage your best soaking the entire electric bicycle with the jet/pressure washer and then manually scrubbing the electric bicycle with a bucket of water and sponge
I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have anything to add, then leave a comment down below. All of the information has been thoroughly researched and I have plenty of real world experience on this issue to add as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!