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Taking Care of Your Electric Wheel Chair

Deciding to purchase your electric wheel chair was one of the smartest moves you've ever made. The chair provides a degree of independence that would not be possible otherwise. However, like any mode of conveyance, your wheel chair needs to be maintained and serviced from time to time. Here are a few tips on taking care of your wheel chair, so it will take care of you.

One of the easiest ways to take proper care of your wheel chair is to make sure the chair stays clean. This will mean having the frame, cushions, and motor sections cleaned from time to time. A buildup of dust and airborne irritants can work their way into the workings of the engine and eventually cause some problems. A little routine cleaning now and then will help to keep the battery and motor working at optimum efficiency.

Second, do not allow the battery to run completely down if at all possible. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for charging the battery, and don't try to fudge because you are ready to head to the park and the battery is not quite ready yet.  Following the instructions on how to charge the battery properly will mean that it will be a long time before your electric wheel chair will need a new one.

Last, have the nuts and bolts checked now and then. Have them tightened if they are too loose. Failure to keep everything tight can lead to extra wear and tear on the components, and hasten the eventual breakdown of the chair. Set up a regular home maintenance schedule to check for little things like this, and the chair will last for much longer.

Owning an electric chair can make all the difference in the lives of persons who want to get out and be involved with life.  By employing some basic maintenance skills, the chair will last longer and function more efficiently. That means more outings, and more getting to enjoy life as your chair speeds you along to all sorts of fun events. 


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