Mobility scooters are an important tool for anybody who struggles with walking or standing for prolonged periods. If you use a mobility scooter for getting around, it is vital that you correctly maintain it, as the last thing you’ll need is for your device to stop functioning when you need it the most. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common mobility scooter maintenance tasks and how to perform them.
1) Follow The Instruction Manual
Not all mobility scooters are designed to the same specifications, so it’s important to familiarise yourself with the features of your scooter. Regularly following the tips provided in the documentation provided with your device will help you to preserve its performance and even extend its lifespan.
2) Regularly Charge The Battery
If your mobility scooter is battery-powered, it will need to be regularly charged. The lithium batteries used in mobility scooters can decrease in overall charge levels if left unused for prolonged periods of time. It’s therefore important to regularly charge the battery of your device, even if you don’t intend on using it for a while. If necessary, consider utilising a smart charger that will automatically top your mobility scooter battery up while plugged in.
3) Check Your Tyres
Ensure that you regularly look at your tyres, and if possible do so before taking any medium-long length trips. When checking tyres, you should be making a note of the condition of the tread as well as the inflation of the tyres. If you don’t keep your mobility scooter tyres to their recommended pressure, this could impact the performance of your device. Some of the most common issues caused by poorly-inflated or worn tyres include increased self-resistance when moving forwards, or difficulty accelerating.
4) Keep Your Scooter As Clean And Dry As Possible
It’s only natural that your mobility scooter will encounter things like dust, sand, mud and water while in outdoor use. However, it’s a good idea to regularly clean your device and to ensure it is kept dry where possible, as moving parts often attract dirt, dust and debris which could affect the functionality of the scooter. When not in use, you should attempt to keep your equipment indoors where possible to avoid any corrosion.
5) Arrange For Regular Servicing
At Balance Mobility, we recommend booking your mobility scooter in for a service every 6-12 months, depending on how frequently you make use of your device. Our professional service engineers can undertake the following tasks as part of a service:
- Battery diagnostics, repairs and replacements
- Brake repairs
- Steering maintenance
- Monitoring tyre condition
- Ensuring fixtures and fittings are intact
- Monitoring and diagnosing any issues you have
- Repairing and restoring your mobility scooter
- Offering great deals on replacement mobility scooters
If you’d like more information on how to maintain your existing mobility scooter, or to book a service for your device, please don’t hesitate to contact Balance Mobility today. We offer mobility scooter help and advice in Tweed Heads, Biggera Waters and the wider Gold Coast, and will be happy to answer any queries you may have.