At MoveMobility, our focus is simple: to help our customers find the ideal wheelchair van to meet their needs. We want you to not only find the perfect fit for your unique preferences, we want your mobility vehicle to operate smoothly for many years to come. We have a high level of integrity in the work we do. We never want to pass off a lemon of a vehicle on anyone who turns to us for their vehicle needs. We also know, from our years in the vehicle industry, how important it is for you to keep up with regular maintenance on your wheelchair van. Not only will this ensure you get the best use out of your vehicle, it will also come in handy if you ever decide to trade in your mobility vehicle to upgrade to a newer model. Read on for some must know maintenance tips.
Inspect Your Seat Belts & Tie-Downs
Safety should always come first. Make sure you routinely inspect your tie-downs and seatbelts. Look for any straps that are showing signs of wear and tear. Tug on all the belts to make sure they are still securely fastened. If you notice a belt or strap that is beginning to tear, get it serviced immediately. These straps are imperative for safety and they should always be high on your priority list for maintenance.
Keep Your Ramp Hinges & Door Sides Lubricated
A wheelchair van provides improved mobility options for wheelchair users. However, if the ramp to your wheelchair van fails, the vehicle is rendered fairly useless. One quick maintenance item you can take care of yourself to help improve the functionality of your vehicle’s ramp is to purchase some lubricant from a local store and keep the hinges lubricated. Make sure you purchase a lubricant that is a water resistant silicone. Every few weeks, check the hinges and see if they need to be lubricated further. This will help keep your doors and ramps operating smoothly.
Clean Your Van Frequently
While you may not think about cleanliness as important in regards to maintenance, it actually will help keep your wheelchair van in better condition. For example, if you let debris build up and you have an in-floor ramp, that debris can wind up stuck in the flooring when the ramp opens and closes. This can eventually lead to damage to the ramp and can cause operational failure. Not only is it important to keep your wheelchair van lift free of debris, it is a good idea to remove trash and clutter frequently for ease of exit and entry to your vehicle. Cleaning your van will also help your van stay looking nice for much longer. Often the reason used vehicles look shoddy is due to years of never being cleaned. Eventually what was once a fixable problem becomes permanent stains and grime.
Be Prepared For Use Of Backup Systems
When you purchase your wheelchair van, you should be informed about any existing backup systems in case of operation failures. For example, if your ramp isn’t operating properly, you should have a manual override. Make sure you know how all these manual backup systems work so you are prepared for any issue that might arise. If you aren’t sure how to operate your manual backup systems, talk to your dealer.
Keep Up With Regular Vehicle Maintenance
Just like with any vehicle, you need to keep up with standard maintenance. Some items that should be addressed frequently include the following:
- Oil Changes
- Tire Rotation
- Fluid Checks
- Transmission Flush
- Air Cabin Filter Replacement
- Windshield Wiper Replacement
To know when you should perform each standard vehicle maintenance service, consult your owner’s manual.
Remember, if you need assistance finding a new or used wheelchair van in Winnipeg, our team is ready to help! Contact us today to learn more, or fill out the form below.
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