Wheelchair Part Maintenance Tips

Repairing or replacing a wheelchair part can cost time, money and aggravation. Yet, you can alleviate some of the hassles of upkeep and part replacement, if you treat your mobility chair the same as you would a vehicle – and perform ongoing maintenance. This can help extend the life of your wheelchair or scooter, and save you major inconvenience when you least expect it.

You don't have to be an expert mechanic to do some regular mobility chair maintenance checks. Ask a family member or friend to help if you are physically unable to perform some of the following tasks to ensure your wheelchair stays in tip-top condition.

  • Clean your chair on a regular basis to prevent dirt and grime to build-up that can impair functionality and, in some cases, lead to rust.
  • Check your wheelchair axle and axle plate to ensure all connections are tight. A loose axle has the potential to break and put you in harms way. 
  • Tighten all nuts and bolts on your mobility chair on an ongoing basis so they are secure. If you notice a bolt that always seems to work itself loose, have it replaced right away.
  • Test brakes, foot rests, and all movable parts to ensure your chair remains operationally sound and safe.

When you need a replacement part, check your manual and information for guidance. You can also contact the manufacturer, inquire about availability at a medical equipment store, or look online for a mobility parts resource.

When you are ready to place your order for the new part, you will need to provide the model and serial number of your mobility chair, which is typically located on the leg brace under the seat. Of course, you will also need to provide a detailed part description and identification number, if available, to ensure the right part is shipped to you. 

For your reference, you can find a list of the major wheelchair manufacturers on this site by clicking here: Wheelchair Manufacturers >>

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