How Can I Test Barbie Trail Rider (6v) Motor?

Jimmy Boyera // Last Updated on April 2, 2023

Barbie trail rider comes with an excellent (6 v) motor. But over time, you may see problems in its functioning. You may prefer to replace it, but it is good to test it before replacing. However, with a bit mechanical knowledge you can test a barbie trail rider (6v) motor?

While testing the Barbie Trail Rider motor, you must  check for the following:

  • Barbie trail Battery
  • Motor wires
  • Motor
  • Switch Continuity
  • Gearbox
  • Wheels

Stay tuned to learn how I test the barbie trail (6v) motor. Let's get started.

How to Test Barbie Trail Rider (6v) Motor?[ Step-by-Step Guide]

Step-by-Step Guide for Testing the Barbie Trail Rider (6V) Motor

If you suspect that the barbie trail (6v) motor is not functioning correctly, you can perform a few simple tests to diagnose the issue. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Check the Battery

The first step is to ensure battery charging. The battery should be fully charged and properly connected. You can check the voltage of the battery by using a digital multimeter. It should be around 6 volts. 

If the battery is not fully charged, charge it and try again. If the battery is charged, but the voltage is still low, there may be a problem with the battery or the connection. If the battery is damaged, you will need to replace it.

Step 2: Check the Motor Wires

Check the Motor Wires

The next step is to check the motor wires for damage or lost connections. The wires should be firmly connected to the motor and the battery. If you find any damage, you can repair the wires. If wires need replacement, replacing them is better than repairing them.

Step 3: Test the Motor

Now check the motor. To test the barbie trail rider motor, bypass the switch and connect it directly to the battery. Remove the wires from the switch and connect them directly to the battery terminals. If the motor runs properly when connected to the battery, there is no issue with the motor. You will need to check for other issues.

Step 4: Test the Switch

You may have a faulty switch that may fail to ensure continuity. To check the switch continuity, you can use a multimeter. For that, you will need to adjust the multimeter settings. 

Set it to the continuity and then place the probes on each side of the switch. The multimeter should beep or show a zero reading if the switch works correctly. If there is no continuity, the switch is faulty, and you should replace it.

Step 5: Check the Gearbox

Check the Gearbox

If the motor and switch are functioning correctly, the problem may be with the gearbox. The gearbox is responsible for transferring power from the motor to the wheels. Check the gearbox for any damage or wear. If the gearbox is damaged, you may need to replace it. Otherwise, move to the next step.

Step 6: Test the Wheels

Finally, check your barbie trail rider wheels for any damage or wear. If the wheels are damaged or dirty and full of debris, the motor may be unable to turn the wheels. If the wheels are okay, check for the connection between the wheels and the gearbox. Make sure the connection is okay. If the wheels are damaged, replace them, or if they are dirty, then clean and ensure you have removed the debris.


Testing the Barbie Trail Rider (6v) motor is easy. It involves several easy steps, such as checking the battery, testing the switch, and verifying the motor's connections. Before replacing the motor, you can test and identify the problem to fix it. It will save you money and time.

About the Author Jimmy Boyera

Hi, I’m Jimmy Boyera. My journey as a big enthusiast of outdoor sports like biking and riding vehicles began with working in the automotive industry, where I got a certificate for an automotive expert.
Since, I have gained 10 years of automotive industry experience working as a dedicated and diligent automotive expert, registered with the Automotive Council.

I have owned plenty of sports cars, bikes, and power wheel rides on vehicles for kids over the years, matching different tests I hit daily.
When I began to get many questions from friends & family about riding toy cars for kids, I decided I can help a significant group by a blog, something like My Tiny Rider.

Besides, as I discussed the idea with my fellow automotive experts and child specialists who had the same interest, some of them weighed in & that is how My Tiny Rider became a reality.
My thorough, thoughtful, evidence-based approach has driven to a loyal patient following & rewarding and successful career as an automotive expert.

I welcomed the opportunity to join the My Tiny Rider Team as a platform to share my knowledge & experience.