Like a car, your manual wheelchair is designed to serve you well for many years. But also like a car, it needs to be regularly inspected and serviced.
For best performance, your chair should be serviced by a qualified technician every six months. The technician will clean your chair and find and fix any loose or missing hardware. From time to time, your chair might develop a minor problem that you can troubleshoot yourself. Here are some issues and easy fixes:
- If your chair is veering to the left or right, check the tire pressure, the caster head tube angle and the distance of the rear wheels from the seat frame. The wheels should be equidistant from the seat frame.
- If the turning is sluggish, check the tire pressure. Also check for any loose nuts and bolts.
- If the casters flutter, check the tire pressure and the caster head tube angle. Also check for any loose nuts and bolts.
- If the chair squeaks and rattles, check for loose nuts and bolts.
For optimal performance, inspect your wheelchair both weekly and monthly. Once a week:
- Make sure the tires are properly inflated and aren’t showing any signs of wear.
- Check the rear wheels for cracks and broken or loose spokes.
- Make sure the wheel locks are operating correctly.
- Check the casters to make sure they spin properly and aren’t damaged.
Every month, check the front casters, as well as the back and seat. Make sure the back and seat aren’t ripped, torn or missing any hardware. Clean the upholstery with water and gentle soap. Check the seat positioning strap for signs of wear. Also check the handgrips for signs of wear. Clean the wheel bearings as necessary. Keeping your chair in tip-top shape will ensure that it gives you the operation that you require.
At Power Mobility & Lifts, we understand that users of mobility equipment rely on trustworthy and expert service. We provide not only mobility equipment, but also skilled service throughout the state of Arizona. If you’re making a purchase or looking for a service technician, give us a call. We’re happy to help.
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