It is important that wheelchairs should be checked regularly and serviced by an approved repairer.
Each school/section should also carry out regular maintenance checks to keep their wheelchairs in safe working order.
- The pressure in the tyres should be checked weekly. Use a tyre pressure gauge and pump up to the correct pressure marked on the tyre side.
- Check for punctures or weak/cracked tread.
- Check they are free-spinning. If there is any wobbling the wheel requires repair.
- Check for loose or broken spokes.
- Check for rough or sharp edges.
- Ensure brakes are tight and functioning correctly.
- Check that the brakes and tyres are making contact. An incorrectly inflated tyre will diminish the effectiveness of the braking mechanism. If necessary, pump tyres to correct pressure.
- Ensure braking mechanism moves freely. If lubrication is required use silicon spray not oil or grease.
- Check that all pivot parts move freely. If lubrication is required use silicon spray not oil or grease.
Push handle grips
- Check that they are secure.
- Check for small dents or cracks – these can affect the frame strength.
- Dirt should be removed with a damp cloth.
- Unusual noise or excessive wheel wobble usually indicates that the bearings are weak and need replacing.