A personal transport vehicle is a major investment, and you want to make sure to take care of it so it will be around to help improve your quality of life for a long time. Here are a few tips to help with proper care and maintenance of your scooter.
Mobility Scooter Maintenance Tips
When you pick up your new scooter:
- Read the manual. Get to know your scooter, and the advice coming straight from the manufacturer. The more you know about your scooter, the better you’ll be able to take care of it. Take a look at all the components of your scooter so you’ll know what a properly functioning scooter looks like. Consider taking some photos, including close-ups, so you’ll have something to refer back to if you’re not sure.
- Ask your dealer about the best way to care for your battery. They’ll be able to recommend a maintenance schedule and give you tips on the best way to care for your scooter battery.
- Protect your scooter from the elements. As much as you can, avoid rain or extreme temperatures, hot or cold. If you must store your scooter outside, consider a cover or wet weather tarp to keep it as protected as possible.
- If your scooter gets dirty, be sure to deal with the dust, dirt, and debris as soon as you can. If it’s wet, dry it off. These little things go a long way to avoid bigger problems down the road.
- Do a quick surface cleaning, even if your scooter looks clean. Use a soft, damp cloth and use cleaners when appropriate (consult your manual). It might help to designate a specific day so you don’t forget.
- Check the air pressure on your tires and fill them if they need it (check your owner’s manual for the proper PSI for your tires). Do a quick visual inspection for any signs of puncture, foreign objects, cracks, discoloration, or other potential problems. Give your tires a spin and ensure they are moving without any vibration or wobbling.
- Do a little bit of a deeper cleaning and take care of the battery area and the underside of the scooter. Check the battery area for signs of corrosion.
- Examine your tire treads and make sure they have not worn down to less than 1/32”. Make note of any visual changes or ongoing concerns and get them checked out if they aren’t holding air as well as they used to.
- Take a look at the wheel bearings, nuts and bolts, fuses, and other visible components on your scooter. Talk to your technician if you notice any changes.
- Bring your scooter in for a full inspection. A trained scooter technician will be able to spot small problems you may not have noticed yet, and taking care of them now will help avoid more costly repairs down the road. If you have questions about the best way to care for your personal transport vehicle, you can reach Scootaround anytime at 1-888-441-7575.