Wheelchair Van Preventative Maintenance Inspection

We all know how important it is to change our vehicles oil and rotate the tires every so many miles, many of us keep our vehicle on a regular schedule and bring it in to have these items completed like clockwork. Ignoring the oil in your vehicle is obviously certain to result in the life of your vehicle being cut short. However, these common-sense ideas are not always projected on our vehicles wheelchair accessible conversions. While we may spend just as much, if not more, on our mobility conversions; many do not view maintenance as such an obvious necessity. Failing to maintain your mobility vehicles conversion can result in damages just as devastating as a motor with no oil. You could end up replacing ramp hinges, door tracts, power keeling actuators, and even ramp motors. However bringing your mobility vehicle to one of Total Mobility Services Pennsylvania or Maryland locations for a Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) can help you avoid that extra expense and hassle. 

When you bring your mobility vehicle in for a PMI, the technician will inspect, lubricate, and update your conversion and mobility equipment. They will begin by performing a visual inspection on the moving parts of the ramp and motor, taking time to ensure everything is still set to factory specifications. After inspecting and adjusting the ramp, they move to your kneeling system and mobility products, again making sure everything is working properly and set to factory specs. They will then properly lubricate the moving parts, it is important to have a certified mobility technician apply the lubrication, especially for hand controls, as improper lubrication can have serious ramifications. Finally, the tech will ensure your conversion’s computer is current with updates. 

Your Wheelchair Accessible Van's Preventative Maintenance Inspection Checklist:

  • Check overall operating condition (abnormal noises, binding, grinding)
  • Check, clean and lube ramp hinges
  • Check tightness of ramp motor bolts, hinge bolts, and rivets
  • Lubricate ramp pivot pin and bushings
  • Inspect and lubricate ramp drive arm
  • Operate ramp to ensure proper stow deploy switch adjustment
  • Verify manual operation of ramp
  • Clean door track & floor
  • Ensure drain holes are free of debris (lubricate all door hinges and locks)
  • Check door alignment and insure correct operation
  • Check sliding door harness for damage and proper operation
  • Inspect door operation cables
  • Inspect door full open switch
  • Test battery
  • Check kneel system operation, lubricate kneel chain & rollers
  • Verify operation of conversion with all switches and remotes
  • Check and adjust air tire pressure as posted on "b" pillar
  • Vacuum floor / clean ramp
  • Inspect and test transfer or jump-seat operation
  • Check all wiring for proper routing and condition
  • All interior and external lighting

All of this is necessary to the longevity of your mobility vehicles conversion, and over time, has proven to be well worth it. We encourage all our customers, whether commercial or private use, to take advantage of our Preventative Maintenance Inspections twice a year in the spring and fall. Offering you the peace of mind in knowing that your vehicle is ready for all seasons. For more information on Preventative Maintenance Inspections, and how to get your next one scheduled, call us at our Harrisburg, PABoswell, PA or Frederick,MD locations today or visit our wheelchair van service page and schedule your appointment now!

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