This summer has been a bit milder than usual. Rarely has Winnipeg seen a day above 26°C, and that’s gotten more people outside and exploring all Manitoba has to offer. We’re big proponents of road trips, and we’ve written a bit about some of the best destinations in and around Manitoba to visit this summer. However, before you embark on a road trip of any length (or put more miles on your wheelchair van), we’d like to offer you some helpful tips for keeping your wheelchair accessible van running smoothly and cool this summer. These maintenance tips are quick, easy ways to make sure you don’t run into any major issues down the road. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Check Out Your AC
Most of us probably haven’t spent much time delving into the intricacies of our wheelchair vans’ respective AC systems. But ensuring that your AC is functioning properly is one of the most important steps you can take in keeping your van road ready and — most importantly — cool. Over time, our AC’s become run down, bombarded by the heat and near-constant strain we place on the system during the warmer months. But, as you’re well aware, this summer has been a bit cooler than usual which makes it the ideal time to get out and check that AC! Who wants to be left to deal with a faulty AC while summer swings onward? If you’re in the WInnipeg area, be sure to stop by Move Mobility’s head service center, or check out one of our preferred service centers throughout Canada, should you find yourself outside the ‘Peg and in need of some maintenance.
Continuing with the assumption that most of us haven’t spent significant amounts of time working on cars and vans, there are still steps you can take to keep your van ready to tackle the heat. The simplest way is to make sure your van has adequate levels of coolant to keep it functioning properly. Moreover, it’s always a good idea to keep a spare bottle of coolant in your van should you run into any issues on the road. If your van is running hot, it’s a good sign that it’s in need of some coolant. If you find yourself in this position, you can check out sites for Do It Yourself coolant replacement, or bring your van in to Move Mobility’s customer service center at 465 Lucas Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2E6.
Keep Cracks at Bay
Even though we’re experiencing a milder-than-usual summer, that doesn’t mean that your van isn’t immune to the heat that generates under the hood. Particularly in older models, heat generation from basic van functionality can cause temperatures hot enough to crack tubing, hoses, and other parts integral to keeping your wheelchair van running smoothly. To revisit the coolant portion of this blog — that’s why it’s important to make sure your coolant levels are in balance. This is one of the easiest and smartest approaches to ensuring no cracks are caused under your van’s hood.
Put Pressure on Your Tires
This may be one of the most obvious tips for keeping your van running smoothly this summer, but it’s a tip that can’t be overstated. From helping with fuel efficiency to just being generally safer, keeping your tires inflated to appropriate levels is integral to keeping your van in tip-top shape. Tires are more susceptible to high temperatures, and can slowly deflate over periods of extended use and heat. Moreover, excess heat can have detrimental effects on your van’s safety, and checking your tires’ inflation levels is an excellent way to make sure your van is safe. This point can’t be overstated for our wheelchair vans; wheelchair vans usually have more weight than other, non-wheelchair accessible vans, and so they should receive a couple more checkups here and there to make sure you’re rolling on level tires.
While there are obviously numerous parts and components to check when readying your van for the road, but these basic tips and hints can work wonders in between oil changes, tire rotations, and other lengthier projects at the auto shop. If you have any questions about the above-mentioned tips or have any curiosities, comments, or concerns about what Move Mobility can do for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.