When you own an expensive piece of equipment like a wheelchair, you want to make sure you take very good care of it so that it will last as long as possible. Regular maintenance is a must. Just like a car needs a check up once in a while, a wheelchair does too.
Mud and grease can clog up the wheels and other moving parts. You want your wheels greases and oiled, but too much build up can prevent them from working properly. You also need to keep an eye on wear and tear. Are there any indications of wear on the seat? How about the foot rests, or the back rest? Make note of any signs of something that looks out of place. Fixing small problems before they become big problems is easier and cheaper than waiting until the whole thing falls apart.
For motorized wheelchairs, regular maintenance is even more important. Not much can go wrong with a manually operated wheelchair. A motorized wheelchair, on the other hand, could develop all sorts of problems without the proper care.
The more moving parts a machine has the more things can go wrong. Just like with a car. There are about a million little things that can break or stop working properly. Finding out exactly what the problem is can be a nightmare. The problem itself is usually very minor, but finding the problem – that is the tough part.
You should have a regular maintenance guy that comes and checks on your machine once in a while. Say, every three months or so, depending on how much you use your wheelchair. He should check on the battery to make sure it is still holding as much charge as it should. He should check all of the gears and controls to make sure they aren’t too worn. All cables, and everything else he can think of should be checked.
Hopefully, the warranty on your wheelchair will cover the cost of maintenance. It would be a tragedy if you neglected to take of your machine because of lack of money and then had an accident because something minor broke.
Poor maintenance, improper cleaning and negligence are the biggest causes of breakdowns. This is true with all types machinery. Stuff needs care. The better you take care of your stuff, especially your wheelchair, the longer it will take you where you want to go.