Regular maintenance is the language of a mobility scooter owner who wants to get the best out of this important vehicle. There are general tips that if followed, can help you ensure your mobility scooter remains in good working condition. This article highlights a few tips on how to inspect, clean, and maintain a motorized scooter.
Note: Before you carry out any maintenance or cleaning exercise on your mobility scooter, ensure the power is off by disconnecting it from the power cord. Also note that these maintenance scooter tips may vary depending on the various models, which have varied features. It’s advisable to follow the manufacturer’s manual for cleaning or maintaining your mobility scooter.
Dust and Clean Your Motorized Scooter
One of the ways of ensuring your scooter remains clean, safe, and presentable is to dust it regularly. Your scooter can do regular dusting for the scooter to run efficiently.
- Use a soft, smooth, dry cloth to dust all exposed parts
- Wipe down the scooter seat with soft disinfectant wipes.
- Avoid getting electrical components wet. Gently dust instead.
- Clean with a cloth dampened with liquid detergent
- Do not use wax, oil, or harsh cleansers.
- Do not spray water or liquid cleaners directly onto the scooter.
- When done, wipe the mobility scooter gently until it gets completely dry.
- Drape a scooter cover over your vehicle to protect against dust build-up.
Inspecting and Maintaining Your Power Scooter
As you do regular inspections and maintenance, try and give your scooter some regular check-ups.
- Check tire treads daily for wear. Replace thinning tires for your safety and efficiency
- Check the upholstery for areas that may irritate your skin due to wear and tear
- Regularly check the battery power. If it’s showing a red gauge plug it in for recharge or replace the battery for better performance.
- Adjust moveable parts. These include steering tiller, wheels, swivel seat, levers, and mirror among others to ensure consistent functioning.
Inspecting brakes and braking system
Most mobility scooters are equipped with the standard inertia system of braking. This ensures they automatically halt when you ease off on the power. Test the brakes to ensure they are working well before you set off for a journey. Ensure your scooter isn’t set to freewheel. Once everything is checked, make sure the scooter is properly set up by trying it out to check its stopping and running status. A scooter that is stopping irregularly or irritably will need some professional mechanical inspection to ascertain the issue.
Checking and cleaning the seat
Cleaning the seat with some soft clothing will ensure your scooter is clean and presentable and does not make you look like you just sat on a dusty or wet bare ground. On the other hand, most mobility scooters come with a detachable seat. For safety reasons, ensure the seat is well fixed because you don’t want to be thrown off with a loose seat while riding your scooter. Ensure the seat is given a firm waggle before you set out for a journey.