Like anything with mechanical components, mobility scooters require periodic maintenance. By following all manufacturer guidelines, you can extend the life of the unit and ensure you don’t accidentally void the warranty. Although you can find the specific maintenance requirements for your scooter in the owner’s manual, use this guide to learn more about general care tips that apply to almost all mobility aids.
How to Care for Your Mobility Scooter
1. Pay Attention to the Battery
Scooter batteries should be replaced proactively before they stop holding a charge. With daily use, a scooter battery will last for about 18 to 24 months. To extend its life, follow the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines every time you charge it. It should be charged whenever it isn’t in use, regardless of how much power is left. A good habit to follow is plugging the mobility scooter in before you go to bed and let it charge all night. Do this every night and in the morning you will always have a fresh fully charged scooter ready for the days adventures!
2. Limit Exposure to Extreme Conditions
Excessive moisture and dramatic temperature fluctuations can damage the inner workings of the scooter. You should keep it out of the rain and avoid parking it anywhere it may be exposed to extreme heat or cold. If the scooter gets wet, dry it immediately and bring it in for service to confirm it’s still operational.
3. Keep the Tires Full
Most mobility scooters now days have solid tires that are not filled with air. But if your scooter does have pneumatic tires it’s good to check your scooter’s tire pressure monthly, and add more air as needed. If the tires aren't filled to the correct pressure, they’ll be more vulnerable to uneven wear and even a chance of blowing out. If a tire has less or more air than the others, the scooter will be unbalanced. A severe misalignment can place undue wear on the tires as well as other components.
At Dauterman Healthcare & Mobility, we’re proud to provide a wide variety of mobility scooters. At our expansive showroom in Honolulu, HI, you can browse our vast selection of products and ask a team member which model will fit your needs. For over 40 years, we’ve helped injured, ill, and disabled individuals regain their independence. Visit us online to view our products, or call (808) 591-8860 to discuss your mobility needs.