Easy wheelchair repair isn't about rebuilding your wheelchair's motor - it's about extending the life of your wheelchair by paying attention to the squeaks and loose parts. Let's face it - some of us are all thumbs when it comes to wheelchair mechanics. It is a wise idea to protect this expensive investment by taking the time to conduct a weekly maintenance check on your wheelchair. You can save yourself a lot of time and money by tightening a bolt here and there and keeping your wheelchair clean and rust-free.
Easy wheelchair repair should include:
- Wipe any excess dirt or grime from your wheelchair, which can compromise the smooth movement, create rust and damage moving parts.
- Ensure the axel and axel plate on your wheelchair is tight. Loose wheelchair axels can snap under the stress of movement.
- Add air to your wheelchair's tires when low. Flat or low tires use up excess battery power and make wheelchairs hard to push.
- Tighten squeaky nuts and bolts so they don't fall off or get lost.
- Keep the seat and backrest of your wheelchair tight. A loose seat or backrest can harm your posture and provide insufficient body support.
- If you can't physically perform wheelchair maintenance on your own, ask a friend or family member to help you out. If there's no one to lend a hand, seek out a neighbor or local handyman to give your wheelchair a once over for a small fee. This is better then forking out hundreds of dollars in repair costs once it's too late.