Mobility Product Maintenance and Wheelchair Van Service
Preserve Your Wheelchair Van's Trade-In Value with Preventative Maintenance
Regular maintenance at your mobility dealership is important (every six months!), and there's no better way to make sure your vehicle and conversion will run strong when you need them most. Another bonus: keeping up with a preventative maintenance schedule is the best way to ensure you get the greatest value from your wheelchair van when it's assessed for its trade-in value.
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.
Dealer Scheduled Maintenance
Service Interval: Have your vehicle serviced every six months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first, by a Mobility Service Excellence (MSE) trained technician familiar with your BraunAbility vehicle’s configuration and specialized equipment.
Exposure to severe weather conditions can make service a more frequent necessity.
Turn to an MSE Certified Technician: Maintenance and lubrication procedures must be performed by authorized service personnel as specified in the downloadable service manual.
To find your closest certified technician, call our Customer Care line at 1-800-488-0359.
Maintenance and Service Log: Download and use your free service manual to verify maintenance has been performed as scheduled.
Here's a list of the systems and parts that need just a little bit of at-home TLC to ensure your wheelchair van is running strong when you need it most.
Door Track and Ramp
Inspect the lower door track for any lose debris and remove them. Obstructions can impact operation, especially if they cause water to build up. If you have a foldout ramp, check the ramp hinge by lifting it until it's straight and you can see the bolts under the hinge. Make sure each bolt is tight, and if you have a light lubricant or dry lubricant spray, lightly apply on the hinge points, wiping any residual off with a rag. Inspect the door rollers and make sure they are free of debris and apply a light oil or dry lubrication to those areas as well.
Check each tire’s pressure with a tire gauge and ensure it is within the recommended range for your vehicle. Check the tire tread wear for uneven wear and make sure each tire is wearing the same. If not, it may be a sign it’s time for new tires or there’s another underlying vehicle issue.
Open the hood and take a close look at the battery. If you see any debris on the cables, take a wire brush and clear it away, especially the contact points. Go ahead and start your vehicle and listen for any stutters or hesitations. If you hear either, it may be time for a new battery. Also, it’s a good idea to start your vehicle and let it run for 20-30 minutes twice a week just to ensure it doesn't sit idle for too long.
If you've noticed your wheelchair restraints or tie-downs are getting difficult to adjust or remove, there's a good chance the debris that likes to collect in the tracks is the culprit. Take a brush to clear out and dislodge any debris and dirt, and then use a vacuum hose to sweep up any debris. This should make your tie-downs much easier to move and use.
You may have noticed that cleaning is a critical element of caring for your wheelchair accessible vehicle. Routine cleaning of your wheelchair van 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.
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What to Do Between Maintenace 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.