If you’re looking to keep your wheelchair accessible vehicle in top shape, MobilityWorks technicians are here to help. Regular maintenance is key to ensuring your vehicle is operating properly, and we’re often asked about the most common items to check. In this article, we’ll cover some of the main areas to keep an eye on between your regular checkups.
1. Lifts and Ramps
First, you should always be mindful of the state of your lifts and ramps. For example, if you hear strange noises such as grinding while using your lift, this could be a sign that it needs to be serviced. Regular maintenance checks will ensure that everything from lift mounts to wheelchair securements are in working order.
2. Lights and Lighting System
In addition, proper lighting in your wheelchair accessible vehicle is crucial to staying safe on the road. This includes your headlights, taillights, fog lights, turn signals, brake lights, hazard lights, and interior lights. Regularly checking your lighting system can help you see the roadway and what is ahead of you, as well as ensuring that you are visible to other motorists.
Air pressure should be checked regularly, along with overall condition and tread depth. Keeping your tires inflated properly can help reduce wear and extend their lifetime. Meanwhile, the tread depth is important for maintaining traction, especially on wet or snowy roadways.
4. Oil, Coolant, and All Other Fluids
All fluids in your wheelchair accessible vehicle should be topped off and in good condition. This includes the engine oil, power steering fluid, coolant, washer fluid and brake fluid. Improper fluid levels can lead to breakdowns or cause serious damage to your vehicle, so it’s important to be proactive about checking your levels, especially ahead of a long trip. Factors that can affect the lifespan of these fluids include the quality of fluid you are using as well as how often you drive.
5. Brakes, Steering, and Suspension
Regular brake and steering system inspections should be done to ensure you’re safe on the road. Routine maintenance can help identify potential problems early on before the issue escalates. If you hear squeaking, squealing, or other odd noises when using your brakes, do not wait to have them checked. You should also keep an eye out for potential issues with your steering or suspension such as a vibration in your steering wheel, loose steering, or your car pulling to one side as you travel down the road.
6. Battery and Charging System
Finally, it’s important to pay attention to your battery and charging system. Today’s vehicle manufacturers have more electrical components in your vehicle than ever before, putting extra demand on your battery and charging system. Regularly starting your van and having a visual and electronic test of the battery and charging system can help you avoid potential problems.
Remember, it’s recommended you schedule a check-up every six months. Our service teams are here for you and we wish you many happy miles!
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