This is 4th blog in the series Maintaining Your Ride. Check outblog 1,blog 2, and blog 3.
Manual wheelchair users are not excluded from the need to perform regular wheelchair maintenance. The adverse effects of not maintaining a manual wheelchair include wheelchair breakdown and being without mobility.
Steps for Maintaining a Manual Wheelchair
Clean manual wheelchairs often and we recommend every 2-3 weeks
Inspect for wear & tear
Tighten hardware such as seating components such as caster/forks. Listen for sounds your wheelchair doesn’t normally make as this is a good indicator a part is loose.
Inspect seating components such as cushion, seat sling, and back support
Adjust as needed such as wheel locks and tire pressure adjustments
Proactive replacement such as tires, casters, and upholstery