Six Routine Maintenance Tips for Keeping Your Mobility Scooter Rolling
by Shannon Lee
Your mobility scooter takes good care of you, so shouldn't you return the favor? Routine maintenance can keep your scooter running smoothly.
You've chosen the perfect mobility scooter for your needs, and perhaps you even have the ideal ramp and mobility scooter lift by now. Now that you've got it, you have to take care of it. That includes regular inspection and maintenance.
Six Mobility Scooter Maintenance Tips
Mobility scooters can provide you with years of excellent service, but only if they are maintained properly. These tips can help you understand what to expect when you bring that scooter home:
- Battery maintenance. Pay close attention to your batteries. Without them, your scooter becomes nothing more than a large, unwieldy paperweight. Ask your scooter dealer about your battery type, and make certain you know the proper maintenance schedule. Some batteries should be discharged completely before recharging, while others should be charged as often as possible.
- Simple cleaning. Check your mobility scooter often for dust, dirt, and debris. Clean the outside of the scooter with a soft, damp cloth. Use appropriate cleaners for heavy-duty cleaning. Don't forget to clean the area around the battery terminals and the underside of the scooter.
- Avoid moisture. Keeping your mobility scooter dry goes a long way toward effective maintenance. Keep it out of the rain and avoid extreme temperatures. If you must store your scooter in an area that sometimes sees rain, such as a carport, invest in wet weather tarps and other accessories to provide adequate protection.
- Check the tires. If your scooter has pneumatic tires, regularly check the air pressure in them. The proper air pressure will not only give you a smoother ride, it helps prevent problems with your tires that could lead to early replacement.
- Regular inspections. No matter how diligent you are about keeping your scooter in good condition, there are things that you might not be able to handle on your own. Yearly inspections at your local repair shop can help you pinpoint problems with the scooter that you might not notice or know how to spot. However, if expensive repairs are recommended, don't hesitate to talk to another repair shop for a second opinion and competing repair quote.
- Read the manual. It seems like an easy step that doesn't deserve to be in a list of maintenance instructions, but you might be surprised at how much you can learn if you take the time to read the manual that came along with your scooter. The proper maintenance schedule is usually spelled out clearly in the manual, and taking the manufacturer's advice can save you a great deal of time.
Your mobility scooter can give you many years of faithful service, but you have to give it the attention it deserves. Regular maintenance can give mobility scooters the boost they need to run smoothly for as long as you need the help!