A mobility scooter is an investment. Just like you’d maintain your car through servicing or repair when it breaks down, it requires regular maintenance to ensure you get the most out of it. There are main parts of a mobility scooter that will need regular maintenance. Why? to ensure you get the best out of your investment.
A properly maintained mobility scooter enables people to maintain their independence and help those with mobility challenges to maintain their lifestyle. Although the technology behind mobility scooter motors has been advancing over the last decade. Particularly in their robustness and design, owners or future owners need to know the basic requirements for maintaining a scooter to keep them running in a prime status.
A mobility scooter battery is one of the most vital parts of the vehicle. To ensure your scooter is in optimal driving condition, always try to check the section in your user manual. Particularly for battery maintenance. If it’s an acid battery, it needs to be kept dry and clean. You also need to charge your scooter battery regularly. And replace it when it loses its capacity to hold a charge over time. To ensure it has not lost its ability to hold a charge for long, check the battery indicator before you use your scooter. Check your scooter manual to learn best practices to maintain your scooter battery.
Scooter tires will often worn out or rather experience wear and tear, just like those of a car. You need to keep an eye on your tires. Particularly, for any signs of wear and tear and replace them when they wear out. This is to ensure your safety when using your mobility scooter.
While some tires are solid, some are filled with air, hence will require regular checking to detect any puncture. Consult with your manufacturer or your seller to ensure you know the type of tire your scooter has for ease of repair or maintenance.
Conducting General Parts Checks
You need to regularly check your scooter to ensure it’s safe and works optimally. They include:
- Underside: The underside of your scooter is one of the hardest to reach or see, but it’s one of the most important parts of your mobility scooters. To ensure your scooter is safe, regularly check the underside for possible damage. Or trapped debris that may cause further and much more serious damage if left unchecked. Including damage to your mobility scooter motor.
- Possible loose screws: when screws loosened, they can weaken the structural integrity of your mobility scooter, which will make your scooter less safe and difficult to operate and drive. If they fall completely, the risks of injury are higher or the scooter may be severely damaged.
- Indicators: when you drive your mobility in traffic, or a busy sidewalk, you will need indicators to ensure the safety of other road users and yourself. Replace any faulty indicator lights as soon as you notice.
Lastly, ensure you regularly service your indicator. Mobility scooters are made of moving parts and safety parts such as brakes, and enclosed mechanics, like the electric motor. To be safe, you need to check and service these parts with the help of a trained person dealing with motorized mobility scooters.