Nov 05 2015
A mobility scooter is electrically powered and specifically designed for those who have limited mobility. Senior citizens and adults who have whole-body or systemic disabling conditions, including arthritis, lung issues and obesity are the most common mobility scooter users. Generally those who are capable of controlling and steering, can sit upright without torso support and are able to take a few steps can benefit from a mobility scooter.
Mobility scooters come in a variety of colors and styles that attract many consumers. Generally those interested in purchasing a mobility scooter are excited to benefit from use of the device. It is essential to provide regular up-keep and maintenance for your mobility scooter so that it remains dependable for many years to come. Checkout this mobility scooter maintenance guide to keep your equipment running smoothly without any problems.
Becoming Familiar with Your Mobility Scooter
Once you receive your mobility scooter you need to become familiar with the device. Some consumers sit on it immediately and start trying to figure out how it works by pushing buttons. This could be dangerous, since it could surprise you with sudden movement, causing you to become unbalanced.
Instead, you will want to reach for the owner’s manual and read through it carefully. Owner manuals often have a diagram of the scooter and labeled parts. Learning the details will allow you to become familiar with your mobility scooter before attempting to operate the device.
Schedule a day once per week to clean the surface of your scooter. Use a damp, soft cloth and appropriate cleaner to clean the scooter. Your mobility scooter manual will guide you on specific safe cleaning products to use on your scooter. You will also want to check tires for debris, discoloration, cracks and wobbling. Checking the tire pressure is essential to a smooth ride. The owner’s manual will provide you with the proper PSI for your tires.
On a monthly basis you will want to check the battery and the surrounding area, the underside of the scooter and look for signs of corrosion. Examine tire treads and confirm that the tires are not worn down to less than 1/32”. Also check to make sure the tire is holding air properly. This is usually visible if one tire is less inflated that the others. During the monthly maintenance check you will also want to look at fuses, bolts, nuts and wheel bearings.
Once a year you should have your scooter inspected by a trained technician such as Advanced Mobility Scooters. Technicians are capable of detecting issues that go unnoticed throughout the year and fix them on the spot to prevent costly repairs in the future.
Check the owner’s manual regarding the type of battery and maintenance that is required for your specific type of mobility scooter. The battery is an essential part that keeps your scooter working. Depending on the battery type, you may need to charge it as frequently as possible, while other types require the battery to be completely discharged before attempting to recharge it.
Tire Types and Maintenance
Pneumatic tires are filled with air and prone to punctures from debris such as rocks, sticks, nails and other sharp objects. Depending on the type of puncture, it will either need to be repaired or replaced. The first sign of a puncture or loss of air when compared to other tires on the scooter should be addressed immediately. You don’t want to be stranded with a flat tire.
Tires that are solid produce a harder ride such as feeling bumps and jolts as you ride along surfaces that have debris. However, solid tires have benefits such as bieng easier to steer on certain surfaces and inability to get punctured or deflate.
Filled tires are a combination of pneumatic and solid tires. Filled tires are created from an open cell rubber compound. They are puncture-proof and shock absorbent. This type of tire is less stressful to care for, but it does get worn out and requires replacement.
Tires that are considered deep tread tires, are created with different levels of tread. Deep tread tires are capable of griping surfaces and making it easier to sustain difficult terrain, slopes and curbs. Consider this tire if you are regularly confronted with harsh terrain.
Moisture can have a negative effect on your scooter causing shorts, corrosion and other issues. It is essential that you keep your scooter dry and void extreme temperatures. If you get caught in the rain, dry your scooter off immediately and thoroughly. If you store your mobility scooter in a carport or area where rain or water can reach your scooter, cover it with weather tarps for protection. It is best to store your scooter in a dry cool place for long lasting use.
As a responsible mobility scooter owner you will need to keep up maintenance on a regular basis. In addition, you will need to address any issues with your scooter immediately to avoid further damage. Mobility scooters are built and designed to be durable and long lasting. Establishing a maintenance check schedule on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis is essential to keeping your mobility scooter in top condition.