Our MobilityWorks technicians are here and ready to keep your vehicle maintained and in good operating condition. We are often asked, “What are the most common maintenance items to check on my accessible vehicle?” Here are a few of the main areas to keep an eye on between your regular maintenance checkups.
- Lifts and Ramps
You should always be mindful of the state of the conversion equipment in your wheelchair accessible vehicle. For example, if you hear abnormal noises such as grinding while using your lift or believe a hinge may be loose on your ramp, this could be a sign that it needs to be serviced. Regular maintenance checks will ensure that everything from lift mounts and transfer seat operation to wheelchair securements and hydraulic systems are in working order.
- Lights and Lighting System
One of the most essential things you need to check on your vehicle is the lighting system. This includes your headlights, taillights, fog lights, turn signals, brake lights, hazard lights, and interior lights. Proper lighting is crucial to staying safe on the road. It allows you to clearly 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.
- Oil, Coolant, and All Other Fluids
All fluids in the 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.
- Brakes, Steering, and Suspension
Regular brake and steering system inspections should be done to ensure that they are fully functional and reliable to keep you 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 inspected. 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.
- Battery and Charging System
A battery will usually last in a vehicle between two and four years. Today’s vehicle manufacturers have more electrical components in your vehicle than ever before, putting extra demand on your battery and charging system. It is recommended that you, or someone you know, start up your van at least once a week to make sure that the battery does not die. Having a visual test as well as an electronic test of the battery and charging system is essential to keep you safe on the road.
Remember, scheduled checkups are recommended every six months. Our service teams are here for you and we wish you many happy miles!
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