Mobility scooters can be invaluable for people who have difficulty walking or getting around. But just like any other piece of machinery, mobility scooters can experience problems. Read on for some of the most common mobility scooter issues and how to fix them.
The most common mobility scooter problems are battery-related. If your scooter isn’t holding its charge as long as it used to, the battery may need to be replaced. A professional can help to determine the current voltage of your battery. If it’s below 12 volts, then it may be time for a new one.
Another common issue with mobility scooters is malfunctioning motors. This can range from a sudden lack of power while driving to loud grinding noises coming from the motor area while in motion.
In order to diagnose the problem properly, you will need to take off the coverings on either side of the motor and inspect it carefully for signs of damage, such as burned-out wires or frayed wiring harnesses.
To minimise the chance of injury to yourself or damage to your scooter, it’s wise to find a professional to check your scooter’s motor and repair it if needed.
If your scooter’s wheels become trapped, it could be due to a few different issues. It may be because the brakes have been over-tightened, which can prevent you from pushing or turning the wheel. Another potential cause is a broken axle or bent wheel spokes.
This one is no laughing matter. Brake failure can also be a common issue with mobility scooters. To help prevent failure, have your brakes inspected regularly. Keep an eye out for worn parts, frayed cables, bent lever arms, etc., so that you can address any potential problems before they become serious issues.
Additionally, make sure your wheels are properly inflated and that all nuts and bolts are tight so that your brakes don’t fail due to loose parts or inadequate tyre pressure.
The last common issue with mobility scooters is flat tyres—this usually happens due to uneven terrain or overinflated tyres that pop when they get too much pressure applied quickly.
The solution here is simple: replace the tyre with one specific to your make and model. You should also take care not to drive on rough terrain if possible, in order to prevent future tyre issues from happening again unnecessarily.
Prevention is better than cure
Mobility scooters can be life-changing devices for people who struggle with physical limitations—but just like any mechanical device, things can go wrong sometimes! No matter what type of mobility scooter you own—whether electric or manual—it’s important to take care of it properly so that it runs smoothly and safely whenever you use it. If you do run into any problems while using your scooter, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Balance Mobility. We can give your scooter some attention, and we also hire and stock a full range of other mobility aids. Contact us via our website or visit us at our Tweed Heads or Biggera Waters stores for friendly assistance.