Although mobility scooters are built with the idea to last for quite a long time, there comes a time when they also have to be repaired, maintained or otherwise replaced.
You have to learn to look at the tell-tale signs in order to know when the appropriate time is to replace your mobility scooter.
In this article we aim to help you make an informed decision about this important action.
How Old Is Your Mobility Scooter?
How old your mobility scooter is together with how much you use it will give you a better picture of whether you would need to preplace or repair your mobility scooter. Any mobility scooter that is five years old and that is used daily have to be repaired or replaced.
It all basically comes down to how you cared for the mobility scooter as well as the current condition of the unit.
Are The Replacement Parts Readily Available?
Sometimes mobility scooters get discontinued with the parts no longer available for replacement. In this case you would try to find an alternative part. The only thing is that you have to make sure that this part is used for the model you have, so as not to cause malfunctioning.
If the replacement parts of your model are available, first try to repair before you replace the scooter.
Are There Battery Life Issues?
Battery issues is a common problem that mobility scooter owners report as being faulty. If batteries are not allowed to fully charge, they run out of energy quickly.
Thus, they become a frequent problem and have to be replaced immediately. If after replacing the battery you still experience problems a professional will be able to tell you whether you need a new mobility scooter or not.
Signs That Show That Your Mobility Scooter Need To Be Replaced
Here are a few signs that your mobility scooter might need to be replaced:
- When it becomes difficult to use
- When you struggle to steer it in any direction
- When you can smell something burning
- If the scooter was used for many years without any maintenance done on it
- When the mobility scooter is more than 5 years old
- When the mobility scooter is hesitating to move in any direction
- When there are chronic issues with the motor
- When you have to frequently replace the battery
Common Problems With Mobility Scooters
Tires, batteries and motors are of the most common problems that mobility scooters experience. As a mobility scooter user, you have a lower risk of needing to replace your device within the first three years if you regularly maintain it.
How To Troubleshoot And Repair
If your mobility scooter constantly needs to be repaired, then it probably needs to be replaced as quickly as possible.
However, if you have never conducted maintenance on your scooter before then the first thing you want to do is have a professional inspect the condition of the scooter before you replace it.
Sometimes the mobility scooter might only be needing a few repairs as well as a good cleaning. A good cleaning can do wonders for a mobility scooter.