Mobility Product Maintenance
Your Recommended Six-Month Maintenance Program
Getting your vehicle, lift, or other mobility product on a regular maintenance program is the most effective way to lengthen the life of your product. By sticking to check-ups every six months, you can avoid complications and ensure your BraunAbility product is working properly and safely.
If you are ready for a maintenance appointment, contact your local BraunAbility mobility dealer today. We look forward to serving you.
Wheelchair Van and Mobility Product Maintenance
- Checking the vehicle's battery
- Cleaning and sealing the battery terminals
- Checking the door and ramp fasteners and hardware for tightness
- Lubricating the hinge and pivot points
- Cleaning the lower door channel
- Lubricating the door slides and rollers
- Checking the tire pressure and inflating the tires
- Testing the door, ramp, and kneel systems to ensure they are performing optimally
By setting up regular appointments, you are ensuring the longest life possible for your BraunAbility product.
What to Do Between Appointments
Routine cleaning of your wheelchair accessible vehicle, vehicle lift, or other mobility product is the best way to prevent a problem from developing. Try to keep a regular schedule with a minimum interval of four weeks between each cleaning, and pay special attention to areas where dirt and debris may collect. Regular cleaning and inspections will help you avoid most inconveniences.
In the rare instance that you experience a part failure, make sure you understand the backup systems that operate your product. This is crucial but often overlooked. Your local mobility dealer can show you how to operate these functions until you are comfortable using them independently.
Wheelchair Van Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment
Lack of routine wheelchair van maintenance is the most frequent cause of vehicle downtime in the wheelchair van community. Fortunately, it's also the most preventable! Wheelchair van maintenance is generally quick and relatively inexpensive and only needs to be performed twice a year. Whether you choose spring and fall, summer and winter, or schedule your wheelchair van service each time you change your clocks for daylight savings time, making your wheelchair van's maintenance a priority can help prevent costly repairs and inconvenient downtime.
Wheelchair Van Maintenance: A Closer Look
As an example, let's take a look at a specific component of the conversion: the kneel actuator. Most BraunAbility side-entry wheelchair vans come equipped with a kneel actuator, which works to lower the van's rear suspension to reduce the ramp angle. Without proper maintenance, the actuator will wear prematurely and can cost over $1000 to replace – an expense that could easily be avoided with proper maintenance. The most frequent cause of kneel failures comes from picking up salt and dirt on the road while driving. The foreign materials cause the grease to dry up, preventing the chain from moving freely. This causes the actuator to pull harder until either the chain breaks, the actuator burns out, or the actuator shorts. The result? A van that won't kneel, or in the worst-case scenario, a mobility conversion that won't operate due to a short in the main controller.
As many of our customers know – as well as their family and friends – their wheelchair van is as important to their day-to-day routine as their wheelchair itself. With more and more people with disabilities enjoying active lives and maintaining careers, reliable transportation is not just a luxury, it's a necessity. All of us at BraunAbility know how important our handicap vans are to each of our customers, and we focus on designing and building the most reliable conversions we can.
But try as we might, we have yet to build a wheelchair van that doesn't require routine maintenance to stay in working order. If something were to break, not only are you saddled with added expense, you may find yourself in a situation where you can't get to work, or to the doctor's office, or to see your children's or grandchildren's Christmas program at school. AAA has calculated that it costs about $.585 per mile to own a typical vehicle. Of that amount, only $.05 goes toward the cost of maintaining the vehicle! That's a pretty small cost per mile to help ensure your wheelchair van remains operational. So please don't forget to call your BraunAbility dealer to schedule your wheelchair van for service. And if you aren't already, ask them to get you on a regular maintenance schedule – your wheelchair van will thank you for it!
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