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Maintaining a Mobility Scooter

By: Jonathan Webb - Updated: 4 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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To ensure that your mobility scooter remains in good working order there are numerous things you can do to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Each scooter is different, so it is important that you follow the manufacturer's recommendations in the manual that came with your scooter.

Cleaning your mobility scooter is important for a number of reasons. Not only does it improve the appearance of your machine, but regular cleaning can act as a preventative measure against dirt, dust and grit etc entering moving parts of the scooter. Rain is never far away in Britain and keeping your mobility scooter dry, or ensuring that you dry it off as soon as possible after it has been exposed to water, will assist in keeping your scooter rust free.

It is possible to fit wet weather protective covers to many mobility scooters, which not only help keep the machine dry, but help protect you from the elements as well. It is also important to dry the seat and other fabrics that may be on the mobility scooter.

One of the most important components of a mobility scooter is the battery.

Over a period of time the battery's capacity to hold charge will decrease, which will result in you having to charge your mobility scooter more often. It is important to check the charge on your scooter's indicator to ensure that you will be able to complete your desired journey without any problems, not only in travelling the required distance but making sure there is enough charge to power external lights if you are travelling after dark or in conditions of bad visibility.

Depending on the type of mobility scooter you are using, you may have to charge the batteries after every journey or just when the charge indicator on your scooter tells you that the battery charge is low. Batteries on your mobility scooter should last quite a while, typically between 1 and 2 years depending on how much use your scooter gets, before they will have to be replaced. Some mobility scooter companies are able to carry out repairs and battery changing at your home, without the need to take your scooter to their shop.

Tyres For Mobility Scooters

From time to time your mobility scooter will need to be serviced and the user manual will inform you how often this should be. The plastic bodywork may also need to be replaced over time, due to wear and tear, and these are usually relatively easy to fit.

Tyres on a mobility scooter will also suffer from wear and tear and a puncture could cause problems, especially if you are some distance from home. There are alternatives to pneumatic tyres, such as solid tyres. These cannot be punctured but may often result in a harder ride, compared to air filled tyres.

There is another option of in filled tyres which are also puncture proof, but allow the mobility scooter user to enjoy a much smoother ride, not unlike the quality of ride offered by a pneumatic tyre, which on long journeys, or those over uneven terrain, can be of great benefit to the rider.

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Has anyone encountered an issue where a new charger is charging the scooters new batteries, but the scooters 'fuel' gauge still reads not full/part full/how ever many bars of power you used? Yet the batteries are fully charged? Then ifI plug the tired old charger up for even a few seconds and take it straight off, all of a sudden, the 'fuel'gauge is displaying full charge correctly? The new charger is not a specific mobility device charger, but it is the correct voltage and for correct battery type and had the correct plug fitted. It and the batteries are from the same battery shop.
lee - 4-Oct-18 @ 5:33 AM
@Freddy - same answer as @Petey. Moisture in the system perhaps.
EdM - 7-Aug-18 @ 2:59 PM
@Petey - sounds like moisture has got in possibly in the control board. Apart from opening it up yourself to see where it is coming from (which is not advisable) I would get a professional to have a look.
EdM - 7-Aug-18 @ 10:51 AM
I have a Mercury Neo 8, it seems to work ok except for a squeak which keeps happening every time I use it, which is very annoying what could be the cause ?
Freddy - 7-Aug-18 @ 10:03 AM
When I turn on my scooter it makes a high pitch noise and keeps doing it to I but off how to get it to stop
Petey - 5-Aug-18 @ 3:18 PM
@Ron - can't you just unplug it?
Bjb - 9-Jul-18 @ 12:41 PM
My charger won't turn itself off. The gauge says it is charged but the charger concerns do I need to replace charger
Ron - 7-Jul-18 @ 12:04 AM
I washed my shop rider which was working fine and now wont move. It is in gear fully charged lights and horn works
KATHY - 5-May-18 @ 6:18 PM
My mobility scooter runs but when it has weight on stops and diagnostic light comes on I have checked the batteries and the wires and all seem ok any advice would be appreciated thanks phil
Phil - 13-Mar-18 @ 6:15 PM
I have a shoprider deluxe the rear left wheel the bolt holding the wheel on keeps coming loose when I tighten it up you can't move the scooter even in free wheel I use it daily what could be happening please help
Prawn - 14-Aug-17 @ 3:51 PM
I have a mega elite8.Yesterday i got caught out in the rain with it and now all it does is beep when I turn the key .What do i need to.do ?
sweetiva - 21-Jul-17 @ 6:44 PM
Hi I have just purchased a second hand pick me upnobility scooter for my mum we have charged the battery and it is saying it's fully charged but it's running very slow does anyone know the reason for this is it the battery or motor
Jayjay - 16-Jul-17 @ 12:33 PM
@hoggy - there could be several reasons. It could mean one wire is touching another. Or a hot wire comes in contact with something it shouldn't like other metal on your scooter. It can also occur if you have a general wiring problem. If it keeps blowing then you're best getting someone to take a look at it.
EdMac - 6-Jul-17 @ 11:14 AM
the 3amp fuse on my wispa mobility scooter has blown twicewhat can be the cause
hoggy - 4-Jul-17 @ 4:12 PM
Is there a source for workshop type manuals to cover TGA Breeze 3&4? Something that covers wireing diagram bodywork panel removal and mechanics.
Stan - 24-Jun-17 @ 9:23 AM
My husband has bought a 3 year old Colt Executive scooter which is great.over the last month or so it has started to make an intermittent noise from the rear which seems to start when the scooter has been put into reverse but not always. It is an ex mobility scooter so will have been serviced throughout its life.Because it is intermittent I am not sure whether an engineer is going to be able to find out what the problem is.It sounds like the ratchet on my dog's extendable lead is the best way to describe it.
Kim - 23-Apr-17 @ 9:53 AM
I purchased a used Victory Pride Scooter for my wife that has MS. It ran just fine for the last 2 months and now it's started to give us problems. It has New Batts that hold a good charge. Recently, it doesn't have the speed or power it has had in the past. Also, when i turn the speed adjustment knob past a certain point(approx 3/4 speed), it sounds like the motor clicks then it just stops and will not do anything until the knob is turned back down below the 3/4 speed point. Everything else works fine. Any help with this issue will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Cbrown - 20-Apr-17 @ 2:16 PM
Seeking sound advice. I am currrently 44 stone I wish to buy a scooter but not the mayan due to finances. I have seen quingo touras sell for £500+ which provide 2 x 100ah batteries and a 650w 4 brush motor. I intend to use it for local trips on pavement and road. It's specified weight limiit is 35 stone. I am aware that there are 4 shocks that could be replaced with a higher weight load and i have also been told that most scooters can hold more weight they just havnt been tested so quingo cannot say yes. Anyone got any views on what I should do. Should I leave well alone as it will not work? Please help
Bigfoot600 - 28-Feb-17 @ 9:31 PM
I have a pride go go elite traveller I got caught out in a heavy downpour my scooter still works But as developed an annoying whistle Can anyone advise please? Thank you Claire
Claire70 - 28-Feb-17 @ 2:21 PM
Acquired a rascal eco 4 mobility scooter for my wife. It was only used once about 2 years ago. The batteries were missing and Innow have new ones. But, don't know which terminals attach to which batteries. Could someone send me a photograph of batteries correctly wired or explain what to do. Thise I have seen in the internet are of different models and batteries, so don't help me.
Jimbo - 5-Feb-17 @ 12:20 AM
I have a pro rider freedom. With 2x new 12v 10ah battery's.On flat level ground its great but on a very slight hill it stops and has to be pushed. And it seems to run the battery's down quickley. Is it a problem with the motor or circuit board? Thanks.
Sean - 23-Jan-17 @ 7:44 PM
I have a Pride GO GO Elite Traveller sport, All of a suddenthe LED battery lights on the tiller bar change thro out my journeys even tho I have fully charged them going down my street it will go from all lights down to amber then red back up to green then down the red. I am not sure what to do any advice will be handy. Thanks
Beth - 12-Jan-17 @ 4:52 PM
2nd owner of CTM HS-320 mobility scooter. Came with no charger, so I ordered a new one. It has (2) 12 volt batteries, and when I put the new charger on it , the power light comes on, but the charging light doesn't. Do I need new batteries? Also, who do I contact about getting a schematicfor this model mobility scooter?
sly - 5-Nov-16 @ 8:48 AM
I have a 8mph medical scooter and the steering has become wobbly and it seems to jump now and again ....what's wrong ?
Jojo - 28-Oct-16 @ 6:21 PM
I've got my small mobility scooter wet it in terrible rain storm battery wasnt on the scooter it all light's up but won't move pleasve advise
Mamma - 29-Sep-16 @ 11:06 AM
Got new batteries but when i go to charge my scooter.. Now the light that used to turn yellow goes straight to green.. Also just bought a used battery charger. Whats going on??SAT
Sweet Pea - 14-Sep-16 @ 9:48 AM
Just had the two batteries replaced,(Two DC12V x 50AH ) the original batteries weren’t holding their charge for long so they had to go.Should I run the batteries dry before re-charging or top it up before charging again.
Flix - 9-Sep-16 @ 1:29 PM
I have a mirage scooter. It is very fast moving forward but does not have enough power to move backwards. Also when I switch lever to someone pushing the scooter, it constantly stops suddenly unless it is pushed very slowly. Frustrating. Can anyone help?
becky - 29-Aug-16 @ 8:53 PM
My aerolite scooter has started stuttering when throttle is full on but can't find any loose connection could it be batteries they are about two years old ?
kath - 19-Aug-16 @ 2:12 PM
hi i have a sterling little star scooter i have put new batteries in it, but now for some reason when you have the speed control knob in the full speed position it beeps once then pause then beeps again continuous. but if i turn it off and turn the speed controller back down to slow and turn it on it is ok. but for some reason when you turn the speed knob up the mobility is now moving forwards by itself. does anyone have a clue what it could be i have googled it and nothing is coming up. hope someone can help thanks from steve.
jdeee - 18-Aug-16 @ 10:43 PM
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