Top 6 Mobility Scooter Maintenance Tips
If you look after your mobility scooter, then it’ll look after you. Mobility scooters provide a lifeline for lots of people across the world, so it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape.
While any heavy maintenance will need to be done by a specialist, there are a few things that you can do at home to help prevent damage and improve your scooter’s longevity. At Venhill we work to supply key levers and cables for mobility scooters in the UK, so we’ve seen the damage that poor maintenance can cause to your parts! We’ve put together our top 6 maintenance tips that you can do at home.
Look After Your Battery
Naturally, it’s important to monitor your scooter’s battery in order to keep it working properly. If your mobility scooter is brand new, you should allow your battery to run down until the indicator flashes red (indicating that it’s nearly empty). Fully charge your battery, then let it run down roughly 10 times in total. Doing this will help to improve your battery’s capacity, increasing your scooter’s range and prolonging its lifespan.
Following this, you should regularly charge your battery for 8-10 hours at a time. It’s not necessary to keep letting your scooter run dry (in the long term, this can actually cause damage). Try to avoid unplugging your scooter until it’s fully charged, and remember to take it off charge once it’s finished.
You should also:
- Only use the charger that came with your scooter
- Check your battery indicator before heading out (to avoid running it dry)
- Be careful when it’s cold out, this can cause the battery to drain faster
- Charge your scooter at least once a month, even if you’re not using it regularly
There’s a lot to keep in mind when looking after your battery, but if you follow these steps you can help to keep your battery going for much longer.
Keep Everything Clean
While this might seem like a simple step, build-up of dirt and muck is one of the most common causes of mobility scooter malfunction. It’s important to give your scooter a once over with a cloth after every journey, especially in the winter, or if the conditions are particularly dirty. Dust and dirt can build up in your scooter and cause all sorts of issues, so proactively cleaning as you go will avoid an expensive trip to the garage!
Check Parts Frequently
Over time, you’ll get used to how your scooter feels to drive. If you ever notice this feeling change, then it could be an indicator that something’s wrong. Some parts you should check regularly are:
- The underside – while this is the most difficult place on the scooter to access, it’s also the most likely to be damaged by loose stones or rust. Checking underneath your scooter is therefore important to do when possible.
- Loose screws – look around your scooter for loose screws. You’ll often hear them before you see them!
- Steering wheel – your wheel should operate smoothly, and your drive should be responsive. If this ever changes, then there might be an issue with the steering column.
- Brake levers – when you press the brakes, you want your scooter to stop! If your brakes ever feel lax or unresponsive, then that’s a big issue that needs sorting ASAP.
- Tyres – you should check your tyres for damage (punctures, scratches, etc.) frequently; there’s nothing worse than a flat tyre!
- Indicators and lights – if you often use your mobility scooter somewhere busy or near a road, you’ll want to make sure that your lights and indicators are fully functional before you set off.
Find a Nice Place to Store Your Scooter
Your scooter needs a nice home, just like you! You’ll want to keep your mobility scooter covered when it’s not in use, preferably somewhere clean, dry and secure. This will help to protect from corrosion and other elemental damage.
Avoid Stressing the Motor
It’s easy to assume that your scooter can cope with pretty much everything, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. One of the most common ways that users stress their motors is by piling on too much weight to the scooter. Every mobility scooter has a weight capacity rating that should be adhered to at all times. If you plan to take your scooter shopping, then be careful piling in the groceries!
Another stressor that motors suffer comes from driving up excessively steep inclines. Your motor has to work hard to move up a hill, so it’s best to avoid driving uphill as much as possible.
Dodge Moisture & Water
Moisture is the enemy of every mobility scooter. Puddles, wet grass, etc., all can be detrimental to your scooter (which is unfortunate, living in the UK!). Water can cause rust to form, and can interfere with the electronics in your scooter. If possible, avoid taking your scooter out on rainy/humid days. If you do have to go out in the rain, then make sure to dry your scooter off as best you can once you’re home.
Mobility Scooter Control Cables & Levers with Venhill
For over fifty years, Venhill have been creating the highest quality cables that money can buy. If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your mobility scooter’s mechanical brake levers or brake cables, we’re here to help.
Contact us today – our friendly team are on hand to advise you on exactly the cables you need, and to answer any questions that you might have.