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Power Wheelchair Assembly and Service Information

How do I assemble a power wheelchair?

Power chairs are usually relatively easy to assemble, usually coming in a few parts. The seat usually weighs around 40-50 lb. and may be difficult for some people to lift. So, assistance may be needed. The heaviest part of travel/portable power wheelchairs is typically 10-15 lb. lighter than their full-size counterparts, and significantly lighter than heavy-duty power chairs. Full-size and heavy-duty power wheelchairs likely require a wheelchair-accessible van to travel long distances since they may be too heavy to lift frequently. Most power wheelchair suppliers offer an assembly service and can deliver the wheelchair right to your home. Contact Silver Cross to locate your nearest dealer.

How often do I need maintenance for my power wheelchair?

Power wheelchairs should be serviced regularly. Refer to the owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s suggested frequency of service. Inspections will indicate if any of the components that are vital to the safe operation of the chair needs to be replaced. Many power wheelchair retailers provide service packages that meet the manufacturer’s warranty requirements.

Electrical components can erode if they encounter liquids (rain, juice, coffee, etc.) so it is important to clean up accidents and spills immediately. Inspections will identify corroded electrical components, cracks and wear on wheels, and other issues that may affect the safe operation of the power wheelchair. Always read your owner’s manual before operating your power wheelchair for important information about maintenance and warranty. Always turn the power off when the power wheelchair is not in use for safety reasons.

How often do you have to replace the batteries for a power wheelchair?

The battery will usually need to be replaced every one to two years. This will depend on use, the terrain you are travelling on, your charging routine, and the user’s weight.

How do I clean my power wheelchair?

Periodically wipe down the seat and frame with a dry or slightly damp cloth to remove dirt and grime. Liquids can corrode the electrical components so be sure to clean up spills as they happen.

Parts and assembly of power wheelchair
Power chairs usually come with a few parts that are easy to assemble and disassemble.
Person cleaning back of power wheelchair
To clean your power chair, wipe down the seat and frame with a dry or slightly damp cloth to remove dirt and grime.

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