Automatic and manual lifts provide a convenient way for scooter and wheelchair users to transport their equipment safely and easily. Once installed, make it much easier to load scooters and wheelchairs into all kinds of vehicles, including cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and even RVs. But, like any piece of machinery, scooter and wheelchair lifts need to be well cared for. The Certified Medical pro’s suggest below some ways you can maintain a scooter lift.
How to Take Care of Your Wheelchair or Scooter Lift
Powerchair lifts can last for many years if they’re properly cleaned and maintained, and you can maintain a scooter lift at home. Here are a few easy tips and tricks for taking care of your scooter or wheelchair lift at home:
- The sun can deteriorate wiring harness tires, so make sure you regularly inspect the wiring harness down the lift and under the bumper of the car, to verify the wiring harness is secured and no wires are exposed. This happens in Florida with our harsh sun exposure.
- Avoid stress on the motor by making sure you never overload the lift. Too much weight can cause the motor to wear out faster.
- Use a soft cloth to remove debris from your scooter lift.
- Use glass cleaner to wipe your power scooter lift down. Make sure you spray the glass cleaner on a cloth, and never directly spray your lift.
- Avoid using wax, oil, or harsh chemicals when cleaning your scooter lift.
- Keep an eye out for obvious problems by looking for leaking fluids, missing parts, or loose wire connections.
- Read your user manual thoroughly to understand how your lift works and make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
Scheduling Scooter and Wheelchair Lift Maintenance
Regardless of how well you take care of a lift for your scooter, regular maintenance is crucial to maintain a scooter lift and keep it in good condition. If you notice anything that doesn’t seem quite right while cleaning or inspecting your scooter lift, do not attempt to fix it yourself. Tailgate scooter lifts are heavy and can be dangerous to repair on your own. Without expert help, repairing a lift on your own can cause injuries, property damage, or lift failure.
Service at Our Place or Yours
You can call Certified Medical at 352-237-4146 or schedule service online for all your maintenance needs. Our service team performs service at one of our locations or at your home.
We recommend scheduling scooter or wheelchair lift maintenance every six months. The best part? Most maintenance appointments and inspections cost less than $50.
Or, if it’s time for a new lift, come visit our locations in Ocala or The Villages to check out our inventory of universal power chair lifts, lightweight scooter lifts, heavy-duty scooter lifts, and medical scooter lifts!