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Maintenance Checklist for a Mobility Scooter

Updated February 21, 2017

Electric mobility scooter maintenance is typically simple. Sealed lead acid batteries power electric motors, which in turn drive the wheels. A state-of-the-art battery charging system maintains battery health and prolongs battery life. Most mobility scooters utilise solid-state electronic controls for acceleration and braking purposes. Safety devices incorporated into today's mobility scooters help to protect the operator from injury. Other than adjustments to the seat, tiller handle and arm rests (for comfort purposes), adjustment is limited. Nonetheless, all of the scooter's components require periodic inspection and maintenance to maintain the scooter in a safe and dependable state.

Pre-Use Checks

Turn the key-switch on and check the indicator lights and horn for proper operation. An inoperable indicator or weak horn is a sign that the battery charge is excessively low or the circuit breaker is possibly blown. Check the brakes on the scooter for proper operation. Advance the thumb-throttle slowly until the scooter moves forward. Release the throttle fully to allow the brakes to activate automatically. Perform the same test by driving the scooter in reverse. Call a service technician to check and adjust the braking system if the scooter's brakes fail to stop the scooter.

Semi-Annual Checks

Over the course of several months, routine operation of the scooter can cause fasteners and adjustment knobs to loosen. Inspect the bolts securing the tiller handle to the base of the scooter and tighten them as needed. Also, confirm the seat and armrest adjustment knobs are secure and tight. Visually examine the entire scooter for signs of loose or missing hardware. Replace or tighten screws, bolts or adjustment knobs as needed.

Lubrication

Wipe the axles with a soft cloth and apply light oil twice per year. Use the lubricant supplied and recommended by the mobility scooter manufacturer. Lubricants such as WD-40 are not recommended for use on most scooter axles. Also, apply a thin coat of oil to the seat pivot/release mechanism. Maintaining a thin coat of oil on the seat mechanism allows for easier adjustment by the operator.

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Damon Hildebrand is a retired U.S. Navy veteran. He has more than 15 years within the oil and gas industry in both technical and managerial positions. Hildebrand has been a technical writer and communicator for the last four years. He is a certified specialists in lubrication and tribology, as well as a certified maintenance and reliability professional.