How to Fix a Onewheel Sensor Problem


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How to Fix a Onewheel Sensor Problem

First, Make sure your battery is fully charged. Next, check the lights on your Onewheel hub to see if they’re blinking. If they are, try pressing the power button. If the light blinks, press and hold the gear icon for at least 20 seconds until you hear a beep.

The lights should stop blinking, and you’ll know that your board is now in reset mode. Release the power button and wait 10 minutes for a full charge.

Once the lights on your hub are solid again, you can turn on the Onewheel by pressing the power button and start riding. If this doesn’t fix your problem, proceed to erase all firmware updates and settings by using the following instructions:

  1. Turn Off Onewheel by pressing the power button.
  2. Press “-” plus [+] at the same time. The LED would flash red five times if you did it right.
  3. Press the power button to boot into Odin Mode.
  4. Download the firmware file and follow the instructions to install the factory firmware on your Onewheel.
  5. Once you’ve installed the factory firmware, complete this 5-point calibration process:

The Calibration Process

  1. Turn on your Onewheel by pressing the power button.
  2. Join a network. There should be one listed once you’re connected to the web.
  3. Complete your 5-point calibration process (I started at point 3 and worked my way backward to ensure I wasn’t missing any steps.
  4. Onewheel will ask you to tighten the belt by turning the wheel for you. Once you’ve completed the 5-point calibration, please wait for it to finish calibrating before riding.
  5. You’re all set! Feel free to use the App or remote to change your settings.

How Do I Fix Onewheel Error 16?

Whenever I get an error 16, I know that my Onewheel has pinched or its harness has broken. The Onewheel’s harness is a light, flexible cord that attaches to the Onewheel’s battery and powers it.

If you turn the wheel and notice any coils of the cable, then the harness is probably broken, which means it needs replacement.

The first step in replacing a Onewheel harness is removing the old one. You can do this by using a screwdriver to undo three screws holding wire wraps down around one of three cables on either side of your wheel.

Once the white wraps are removed, the wire harness should come out quickly. Then you can sever it from the main battery and free yourself from Error 16.

Use a multimeter to check for voltage. Labeling the positive and negative cables with +/- signs would be best.

For your Onewheel’s convenience, I have made a table that displays the Error 16 colors and meaning.

 Onewheel Error Codes 
Light Bar ColorNumber of blinksDescription
Red16- 22Wrong hardware
Yellow15Footpad sensor boasts pressing on power-up
Yellow17Battery temperature is out of range
Onewheel Error Codes

Why Is The Onewheel Register Not Working

Onewheel register is a website dedicated to everything Onewheel. It’s designed to be a resource for people who are new or even longtime Onewheel riders looking for information on their favorite mode of transport.

Your Onewheel register is not working because the Onewheel was not charged for a long period.

It is important to charge your Onewheel for 12 hours to use it to register or sign in to your account. You may also want to charge it after using it, as this will help maintain its battery life.

You can get more information on the necessary charging time and battery life by checking the bottom of your Onewheel charger and following the instructions.

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You might want to check and ensure that the Onewheel is connected to your charger correctly. Onewheel uses a micro USB cable to charge the Onewheel, so when you plug it in, make sure the micro USB connector of your charger is facing outwards.

The user manual has a section about charging your Onewheel correctly and showing you how/why to charge it.

Some people have reported using the Onewheel after charging it for a long period, but others have not been able to do this. If you have already charged it, try charging it again and see if that fixes your problem.

To charge your Onewheel for long periods, I recommend that you connect your Onewheel directly to your computer or laptop using the micro USB cable and allow it to charge for 12 hours.

Why Does My Onewheel Not Engage?

Your Onewheel does not engage because it’s not on the ground in the riding position and turned on. Engagement depends on your speed and the environment.

I also recommend checking the battery level. It’s displayed in percentage on the display panel, so it’s easy to see if it’s running low. If you feel a decrease in power, please charge your board before continuing to ride.

The Onewheel will not react while not grounded and turned on because the sensors that control speed, balance, and braking have no contact with anything but air.

Engagement occurs through the operation of the rear wheel motors when actuating the front two (2) and rear two (2) wheels independently.

The Onewheel is set up with a default gear ratio, which is specific to each speed mode, but you can adjust the gear ratio for each speed for the high-performance riding experience you prefer.

While the motors power the rear wheels, you are grounded while pressing on the front footpad to initiate movement, so measurement is taken between your speed and the motor axle shaft rotation.

If you continue to press forward, the Onewheel will reach a speed of 4 mph (6.4 km/h), where it begins motor output.

At that time, the front suspension is engaged, and while the rear wheels are in motion, the motors actuate each axle shaft of the front two (2) and rear two (2) wheels independently.

How Do I Run An Onewheel Diagnostic?

Connect to the App with your Onewheel and go to the “My Boards” page. Once connected, you will see your board’s firmware version and battery percentage. Click the “Diagnostic” button to do a full diagnostic test of your Onewheel.

Before you start the test, make sure that your Onewheel is not plugged in or charged at this time. You must be testing from a fully discharged board to identify potential power-related issues with your Onewheel.

A completely discharged battery leads to a slower test speed.

The diagnostic will show the battery voltage and current on the “Diagnostic” screen. You can see the battery voltage by looking at the charge indicator light on your drive unit.

If it’s not showing, you need to connect a different charger or bypass your charging circuitry to see if that changes anything.This is the main diagnostic concern with Onewheel, and it’s important to know this information to troubleshoot any issues.

Please note that your charging circuitry may not always accurately read the voltage of your battery while you are riding. Charge levels can be inaccurate, and it’s not uncommon to see this at the end of your ride.

If your “Battery Status” is “Discharged,” try charging the battery with a different charger. If you have a voltmeter, measure the voltage on the charger while it’s connected to your Onewheel.

If you don’t boast a voltmeter, I recommend using the included charger and wall/car adapter that you shipped with your Onewheel earlier this year.

How Do I Reset My Onewheel Battery?

Resetting the Onewheel battery is as easy as pressing the Recalibrate button on your Onewheel. This will cause the Onewheel’s computers to start up, then recalibrate their battery automatically.

Recalibrating is a good way of checking if your battery is still in a healthy state – if you’re getting 0% charge, I’ve been recalibrating itself repeatedly, possibly degrading the battery’s life span.

If your battery is healthy, you can leave it to recalibrate as and when needed.

You can also reset your battery while it’s charging. Sometimes, due to the pressure alarm engaging, the charger will stop your Onewheel from charging.

If this happens, press the “Recalibrate” button to reset the pressure alarm and continue charging. When you are done with charging, do not forget to unplug the charger manually.

I would not recommend resetting the battery while it’s still hot from a charge. When the battery is at a higher temperature, it can mess with some of the calibrations and make your Onewheel feel “different” during your ride as it recalibrates itself.

To avoid such issues, wait for your Onewheel to cool down, preferably at room temperature.

How Do You Fix A Onewheel Flat?

Step 1: If the tire is visibly damaged, then remove the tire from the rim.

Step 2: Cut off any excess material inside the tire and outside the rim with a knife or scissors. This will give you a better gluing surface.

Step 3: Apply glue to the inside of the tire and the outside of the rim.

Step 4: Tamp down the tire to fill in any gaps, and wick it into place evenly.

Step 5: Allow drying for 50-60 minutes, leaving it upright and stationary.

Step 6: Ride away

You should always carry a patch kit if one of your tires does experience any damage during riding.

Step 7: Patch your tire like a pro! If you have a tube, cut off one of the valves and stick that in your patch kit. If not, put a piece of duct tape on the inside of your wheel to achieve the same results.

Step 8: Enjoy your Onewheel.

Why Am I Getting Pushback On My Onewheel?

You’re experiencing pushbacks because you are going too fast, descending a steep hill, or your Onewheel battery has gone too low.

This leads the nose of your board to lift and slows you down, but the drive system will continue to push over the nose of your board, which eventually lifts off the ground with you still in motion. This is the “pushback” feel.

There are two safety mechanisms built into every Onewheel system. The first is a magnet on the bottom of your Onewheel that will trigger a switch inside, which immediately shuts off all power to your board in case of mechanical failure or if you lose control and fall off.

The second is a light sensor/switch on the front of your board that, when tripped during over-speeding (or descending too fast), will momentarily disable both the torque and breakaway parameters to bring you to a safe stop.

You describe pushback as the board shutting off because it thought you crashed. Just treat these instances as if you did crash, get off, and move away from the board for a moment before laying it down(board facing up) and then restarting it.

I crashed my Onewheel several times before I learned to treat pushbacks as if I was crashing. This means you have a higher chance of propping up your Onewheel and getting up quickly.

Flip the board like it’s facing up. This way, if by accident you are tripped by the nose of your board, and it does decide to lift off into a pushback, you will have a more stable base for propping yourself up.

Many of these crashes feel like pushbacks because the board shuts down due to the collision. So treat both as a crash the same way and see if you progress quicker and gain more confidence before taking on any challenging terrain.

What Is Ghosting On Onewheel?

Ghosting occurs when your Onewheel continues to balance even after you disengage the front footpad sensor. This means your Onewheel will be out of control and will not respond to the rider’s commands.

For example, if you are stopped and then put your foot down while still in motion, the Onewheel will continue to balance without thinking it’s being ridden.

The effect of ghosting is a powerful feeling of being upside down or falling off of your board if you are riding on a slope that is too steep for you to maintain balance. You should avoid this situation completely.

The fix for this issue is to determine why the board isn’t responding to your inputs; this could be because of the battery or motor. Researchers have occasionally found a bad ground connection where the motor or battery terminals touch each other.

A mechanical issue usually causes ghosting with wires, motors, or batteries that fail to activate when they should, such as when you remove your foot from the rear footpad sensor.

If the battery or motors are good and the board is moving, you may need to determine why your Onewheel isn’t responding to your inputs. Try checking whether you are still in ship mode. If so, you are still in autonomous mode.

This means your board is doing its best to balance; However, it can sometimes make a mistake, especially when in autonomous mode, if it’s a slope that is too steep for it to maintain balance. 

How To Install Foam Feet To Fix The Foot Sensor

The Onewheel foot sensor is not an adjustable component, so there is no workaround for making it shorter to accommodate a shorter-than-average inseam.

However, you can install foam feet to the side of the board next to the foot sensor and use that as an alternative.

You should install Onewheel’s foam feet at a 45-degree angle pointing forward (rather than straight down). You can cut them into the right pieces with scissors, but if you’re lazy like me, buy you can buy some from Amazon.

First, remove the top part of the foot sensor from the board by removing the five hex screws that secure it.

Second, install your new foam feet on the side of the board with some hot glue.

Third, reattach the foot sensor and tighten it with all five screws.

Finally, enjoy wiping out without worrying about adjusting your foot sensor.

Due to this mod, you will lose the ability to use the motorized range adjustment slider. Fortunately, I rarely use that feature anyway.

If you frequently turn up your board’s power level, you might consider leaving some of the screws screwed into the foot sensor to retain the ability to do so. However, if you’re on the stock power level, there is no reason not to go this route.

Onewheel Ghosting Fix

The ghosting problem is an issue that occurs when a bicycle rider is riding on the road, but the bicycle’s front wheel isn’t touching the ground.

This problem happens when riders carry excessive cargo and are too heavy for their bike to remain in contact with the ground. This means they ride without touching the asphalt, depending on air or “ghosting.”

This can be very dangerous due to unexpectedly rolling over onto your back, putting them at risk of serious injury.

The OneWheel fixes this by having an electronically detected ground, which can determine if the OneWheel is actually in contact with the ground.

If the board does not detect that it’s in contact with the ground, it will stop dead and not move, preventing this dangerous and unexpected event from occurring.

Detecting that the board is touching the ground also allows riders to ride without being overly concerned about rolling over by having their OneWheel fly into the air, allowing them to regain control easily.

This will save potentially precious seconds and minutes waiting for your board to come back down.

Additionally, carrying a heavy load and being overweight can cause the rider’s bike frame to interfere with the ground, causing a “frame wag” issue.

The OneWheel can detect if the rider is too heavy for the board to remain in contact with the ground via a load sensor that automatically adjusts a rider’s weight.

One Wheel Motor Not Engaging- How To Fix

There are a few reasons why your Onewheel motor is not engaging. This might happen if the motor overheats, your battery is drained and needs to be charged more than once, or if you have broken plastic pieces in the mechanism.

If you’re unsure what’s causing your Onewheel not to engage, here are a few troubleshooting tips that may help you get it running again.

Charging Your Onewheel

If your Onewheel is not engaging, charging it may solve your problem. Make sure you charge it for at least three hours each time. This gives the battery enough juice to power up the motor without overheating.

If a battery powers your Onewheel, try plugging its charger into a different outlet or another power strip to see if that works. 

If your Onewheel’s battery is completely drained, charging will take around three hours and 16 minutes. If you have a second Onewheel and have the same problem on both, it may be worth testing the other Onewheel’s battery to see if that fixes the problem.

If your second Onewheel is also not working, try the batteries of your Onewheel.

If you’ve tried charging your Onewheel, but it still doesn’t turn on, a new battery might be the solution. You can buy a replacement battery from any electronic store or online store like Amazon.com.

If you don’t want to buy a new battery for your Onewheel, you can replace it with the old one. You can check out videos on Youtube on How to Replace the Onewheel Battery.

This may also help fix your Onewheel if it’s not engaging because of a damaged battery or any other mechanical problem preventing your motor from operating.

Onewheel Footpad Sensor Replacement

Replacing your brake or other pedal sensor is easy, and if you’re handy with a saw, you can cut out the old and tape in the new. You need to find out how that sensor works and take it apart.

Replace Your Brake Sensor

Lightly lubricate your brake cables before removing them from their housing. Twist the housing and cable together counterclockwise while pulling on the cable with your other hand.

If they come free, they should twist immediately and stay in their original position.

If the sensor wants to move as you try to remove it, pull on the cable and twist slightly to adjust the position of the sensor inside the housing.

Twist counterclockwise with constant pressure until you can pull the brake cable out of its housing. Repeat this process for any other brake sensors.

Remove old brake sensors

Have a saw or blade ready and cut along each side of where the sensor was placed in the housing. Cut the ends at right angles. Remove the sensor from the housing by twisting it counterclockwise to remove it from its housing while pulling on the cable.

If you have trouble removing it, try cutting more of where you inserted it into its housing. Slide the new sensor into its housing and push it down.

Remove your old sensor from the housing and set it aside. Apply a little grease to one cable and slide it over the sensor until it starts to slide back.

Add a little grease at this point and pull on both cables as you slide them over the sensor so they will be tight against it when you tighten them up later. Repeat for other brakes.

Conclusion

Onewheel sensors don’t need to be replaced very often. The sensor upgrades are a good choice if you want to go faster and have a better ride. Bluetooth, Apps, and other accessories are also useful.

You can do some things with your Onewheel that are not possible with other electric unicycles.

Tom

Hi! I' am Tom. I faced many questions from customers about different products, and there was hardly any help on the internet. After learning all the things about these products as a manager the hard way, I decided to start a blog and help other people.

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