Maintaining your Mobility Device: Tips for Longevity and Performance

Maintaining your Mobility Device: Tips for Longevity and Performance

Wed May 15 2024

Maintaining your Mobility Device: Tips for Longevity and Performance

Having supplied tens of thousands of wheelchairs and mobility scooters since 2007 we understand the critical role that proper maintenance plays in ensuring the longevity, performance, and safety of your mobility device. Whether you rely on a wheelchair, scooter, or any other assistive equipment, regular care and attention are essential for keeping your device in optimal condition. In this article, we’ll share insights and tips to help you maintain your mobility device and ensuring it continues to be an asset and not a liability.

Battery Care: The Power Behind Your Device

Batteries are the lifeblood of your mobility scooter, powerchair or powered add-on and their proper care is crucial for ensuring reliable performance and longevity. Here are some essential tips for battery maintenance:

  • Charge your batteries regularly, even if you don't use your scooter or powerchair. every day. Allowing batteries to remain in a discharged state can lead to permanent damage and shorten their lifespan. We recommend that you put it on charge whenever you return from a trip.

  • Charge the battery in a well-ventilated area.

  • Ensure the product is switched off while charging.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for charging and battery maintenance to the letter. Different battery types may have specific charging requirements, and adhering to these guidelines is essential.

  • Avoid letting your batteries completely discharge, as this can cause sulfation, a buildup of lead sulfate crystals that can significantly reduce battery capacity and lifespan.

  • Store the battery in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when not in use

  • Have your product serviced at least annually, which will include a battery test.

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Tyre Maintenance: Smooth Riding and Safety

Properly maintained tyres are essential for a smooth ride, improved traction, and overall safety. See below for guidance to keep your tyres in top condition:

  • Check your tyres regularly for proper inflation, wear, and damage. Underinflated or worn tyres can make your device more difficult to manoeuvre and increase the risk of punctures.

  • Replace worn or damaged tyres promptly to ensure a smooth ride and prevent further issues. Continuing to use worn tyres can lead to decreased stability, increased rolling resistance, and potential safety hazards.

  • Keep your tyres clean and free from debris, as this can cause premature wear and affect traction. Use a soft-bristle brush or a damp cloth to remove any dirt, rocks, or other debris that may have become lodged in the tread.

Cleaning and Disinfecting: Maintaining Hygiene and Appearance

Regular cleaning and disinfecting are essential for maintaining the appearance and hygiene of your mobility device. Here are some recommendations to follow:

  • Regularly clean your mobility device with a mild soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the device's components and finishes.

  • Disinfect high-touch areas, such as armrests, control panels, and footrests, to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Use a disinfectant approved for use on medical equipment, and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

  • Pay special attention to areas that may accumulate dirt, dust, or debris, such as crevices, joints, and wheels. Use a soft-bristle brush or compressed air to dislodge any build-up.

Electrical and Mechanical Checks: Ensuring Smooth Operation

Regular inspections and maintenance of your mobility device's electrical and mechanical components are crucial for ensuring smooth operation and preventing potential issues. Consider the following:

  • Inspect electrical connections and wiring for any signs of damage or wear, such as fraying, cracks, or exposed wires. Damaged wiring can pose a safety hazard and should be repaired or replaced immediately.

  • Lubricate moving parts, such as wheels, joints, and pivots, according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Proper lubrication can reduce friction, minimise wear, and ensure smooth operation.

  • Check for loose bolts, screws, or other hardware and tighten them as needed. Loose components can cause instability, rattling, and potential safety hazards.

  • Inspect brakes, if applicable, for proper function and adjust or replace them as needed to ensure safe stopping and control.

Storage and Transportation: Protecting Your Investment

Proper storage and transportation practices are essential for preserving the condition and longevity of your mobility device. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Store your mobility device in a dry, cool place when not in use. Exposure to extreme temperatures, moisture, or direct sunlight can cause damage to various components, including batteries, tyres, and electronics.

  • Protect your device from dust and debris by covering it with a breathable cover or storing it in a clean, enclosed space.

  • Follow proper procedures for transporting your device, such as securing it in a vehicle or using appropriate ramps and lifts. Improper handling or transportation can lead to damage or safety hazards.

Professional Maintenance: Expert Care for Peace of Mind

While regular maintenance and care are essential, it's also important to schedule professional maintenance checks with a qualified engineer or service provider. Here are some reasons why professional maintenance is crucial:

  • Trained technicians have the expertise and specialised tools to perform thorough inspections and repairs, ensuring that any potential issues are identified and addressed promptly.

  • Professional maintenance can help identify and address potential safety concerns, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries.

  • Regular maintenance checks can help extend the lifespan of your mobility device by identifying and addressing wear and tear before it becomes a major issue.

  • Consider investing in a service plan for added peace of mind and to ensure that your device receives regular professional maintenance.

Hopefully, these tips will help you stay proactive with maintenance, ensuring that your mobility product remains reliable, efficient, and safe. If you want to know more or need to book a service or repair, our workshop engineers are ready to help, contact us for more information.

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