A mobility scooter can be a great tool to help those who need assistance getting around. A good mobility scooter can help people obtain their independence. However, electric mobility scooters run off mechanical systems, which means they need proper maintenance. Otherwise, your scooters can break down and leave you stranded and possibly injured. That’s why you should use these useful mobility scooter maintenance tips for your scooter.
The first part of maintaining an electric scooter is by running regular maintenance on it. The best way to keep any tool or piece of equipment up and running is through preventative maintenance. This means you focus your efforts on fixing issues in your scooter before they become bigger issues. To keep your scooter in prime condition, you should perform regular maintenance on all your scooter’s parts. Here’s a deeper look at some of the things you should do regularly for your mobility scooter.
Charge Your Batteries
One of the first things you should do with your electric scooter is ensure that your battery is fully charged. Going out with a battery pack that doesn’t have a full charge is a disaster waiting to happen, as running out of battery can ruin any trip. Additionally, fully charging your batteries before they run out on a consistent basis extends the life of the batteries. So, you won’t need to replace the battery for a long time.
Clean Your Scooter
Whether it’s the dust that gathers from inactivity or the dirt and grime that build up during use, cleaning it all off is important for the maintenance of your vehicle. If you don’t clean your scooter, it’ll eventually break down or rust from the dirt. This can cause a whole host of problems, from messing up your paint to breaking down your scooter’s caring and causing it to break down. Cleaning it after your trips or at least once a month can prevent a lot of these issues.
Check Your Tires
The tires of a scooter suffer from many of the same issues a car’s tires might face. From deflation to tread wear, you can expect to go through tires over the years, even on lightweight mobility scooters. You should regularly check your tire treads for wear, as a low tire tread can cause issues when you drive your scooter. Additionally, checking for any leaks or cracks and replacing the tire with a good one can prevent accidents and keep your scooter in top shape.
Test Your Brakes
Before you go on any trip in your scooter, you should be sure it’s safe to stop the vehicle in case you need to suddenly stop. Generally, the brakes are the best tool for this, and that’s also the case for electric scooters. That’s why a regular part of your routine when you’re getting on your scooter should include a brake test. If you find that it takes longer to stop than usual or you can’t stop using the brakes, then it’s time to perform maintenance on your scooter.
Run Thorough Checks
When you want to get on your scooter, there are a few things you should do before you take off. For instance, you should text the chair to make sure it won’t fall off by shaking it. You can also check other parts to make sure they aren’t loose, and that everything is set in place. Once you’ve all these dangerous parts checked off, you can confidently ride your electric scooter.
Dos and Don’ts
Sometimes, you get the best maintenance you can run on your electric scooter by not putting your scooter in bad positions. The mechanisms in the machine are delicate and break just the same as any other device. So, there are some things you shouldn’t do to avoid damaging your mobility aid, and some other things you should do to keep your device in top shape.
Moisture is an enemy of all electronics, as the liquid can damage and completely destroy electric devices if it gets in places it shouldn’t go. If you notice anything like condensation or a humid part of the world, then it’s best to avoid it and clean off your scooter when you can. This becomes a bigger issue if you don’t regularly clean your scooter, as the moisture can cause the outside to rust and permanently damage the outer casing of your scooter, making future damage easier.
Don’t Push the Motor
Another common electric scooter damage occurs when people slowly push their motor to achieve higher performance until it eventually breaks. If you feel like your scooter is struggling to go somewhere or maintain a certain speed, then slow down and try a new approach. Otherwise, you’re just breaking the motor. Electric scooters can only hold a certain weight depending on model, and exceeding that weight can cause motor damage, as well as other broken parts.
Store in a Cool and Dry Place
When you put your scooter away for a bit, you should put it in places that won’t cause damage over time. Dry, cool areas are the best for long-term storage, with dark places out of the sun being even better. A wet area can cause moisture damage over time, and a warm space can slowly cause problems for your scooter. Additionally, the sun will bleach your scooter and cause it to lose color, as well as slowly heating it up, depending on the weather.
Stay Clear of Puddles
Although you may think a puddle isn’t a big deal and driving around it may be a hassle, it can cause a lot of damage if you drive in puddles. By driving through a puddle, you’re splashing water underneath your scooter, right into vulnerable places with delicate wiring. This can also cause a lot of damage to the tires and even break the mechanisms inside the scooter, potentially causing a complete breakdown.
Use the Manual
Although all these tips will help you avoid a lot of the obstacles of owning a scooter, the user manual will have more information about care and danger—and that’s because every scooter is unique and needs different care to fully take care of it. So, make sure you read the user manual for your scooter and follow these tips for the best results and to provide optimal scooter care.
This is how you should perform maintenance on your scooter to keep its condition the best you possibly can. Each of these tricks will help extend the life of your mobility aid and will help you avoid problems like sudden breakdowns.