With the winter months here, it is important to make sure your vehicle’s mobility adaptations are in good shape to maximize protection and prevent breakdowns brought on by cold weather conditions. Here are some key items we recommend to be checked on your vehicle and adaptive equipment that will keep it running at its best and avoid the inconvenience of being stranded.
Get Your Battery Tested
Cold weather can dramatically reduce the strength of your mobility vehicle’s battery. It is important to have your battery tested to insure it is fully charged. This is especially true if your battery is over two years old. And don’t forget to have your battery cables, posts and fasteners inspected. The cables should be in good shape, clean and firmly connected to the battery.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
It is recommended that you replace your windshield wiper blades every six months. Ice and snow can be rough on the soft rubber, so we suggest replacing them with a heavier winter blade. Windshields get dirty quickly in the winter months from the sand, salt and spray off the road, so refill your washer fluid often for optimum visibility. Use a 50/50 mix of washer fluid and water.
Check Your Tires
Make sure all of your tires, including the spare are in good condition. Take a good look at the tread and consider replacing or rotating your tires. Do not forget to regularly check your tire pressure. Cold weather causes tire pressure to drop and may result in the sensors indicating an unsafe driving pressure. Proper tire inflation makes for safer driving and better gas mileage.
Check Hoses, Clamps and Drive Belts
A belt or hose failure can cause serious engine, steering or electrical problems. Have your hoses checked for leaks or soft spots, especially around the clamps. The thermal fluctuation between hot and cold can be even more severe in winter months. Flush and refill your cooling system with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water. It is also a good idea to make sure the heater and defroster are in good working condition.
Make Sure Your Mobility System Is Operating
Your mobility equipment is exposed to the elements as you enter and exit your wheelchair accessible vehicle and winter weather can compound those effects. Make sure your lift or ramp is lubricated and adjusted properly. Check the doors, mechanisms and ramp assembly for corrosion and rust. Snow, salt, sand and ice can easily cause problems.
Something to always remember, and no matter what time of year it is, having your oil changed regularly is probably the most important thing you can do to extend the life of your vehicle and keep it running properly.
Newby-Vance Mobility Can Help!
We are the only wheelchair accessible vehicle and product company in the region that can service and repair both your mobility equipment and your vehicle at the same location. We are are located at the John Vance Autogroup which gives the unique capabilities of servicing your mobility equipment, including your vehicle. There is no need to take your vehicle one place for service or maintenance for the mobility equipment and to take to another location for warranty, maintenance and/or service on your vehicle. Contact us today if you need to make sure your vehicle and equipment is ready to go for the extreme cold temperatures and winter weather.