What are the Common Problems with Mobility Scooters?

A mobility scooter is the equipment of choice for anyone who can travel relatively independently. The same goes for anyone who can make use of a bicycle-style steering tiller or column. 

 As for the disability scooter, they come in 3 different sizes – small, large, and medium. When trying to shop for a mobility type of scooter, it is essentially important to pick a model and make one that is appropriate to your lifestyle and needs.  

 All scooters are bundled with a user manual. This will help in providing owners with detailed information about their mobility equipment so much so they will become more familiar with it. Familiarity will help you prevent and pinpoint issues with your scooter.

 Like any other product, equipment, or device that you can find in the market, they usually come bundled with a user manual. This document provides users with detailed information so they can familiarize themselves with their mobility devices. If you are familiar with your scooter for mobility, the odds are high that you can prevent common issues with the machine.  

Scooters for mobility have their share of items most susceptible to repairs. This would include the tires, batteries, motor, armrests, controllers, or joysticks.  


1. Batteries

In general, the attention of scooter users is not solely centered on their batteries. So much so that if it is not in good working condition, everything else will not work either. 

One of the best practices in keeping your scooter battery in tip-top shape is to keep it charged to 100%. The moment that you notice that your scooter lights are dimming or it has caught your attention that your starter is sounding very weak or faint, take it as your cue that you need to recharge your battery. 

2. Tires

 Tires for mobility scooter come in many types such as pneumatic tires. This type is filled with air. Other than that, there are also foam-filled tires, solid urethane tires, and heavy-duty foam-filled tires. 

The solid urethane tire will take a significant amount of time to show signs of wear out. But there will come a time that you will need to replace all the tires. With regard to proper care of your tires, the scooter manual will provide you detailed information about it and the right kind of tires to look for in case replacement is necessary. 

In the absence of a user manual, you can reach out to a scooter repair specialist in case you need assistance on this aspect of the scooter for mobility care. 

3. Armrests

The scooter armrests are practically designed and built to become durable and long-lasting. Truth be told, they are most prone to daily wear and tear. Most of the time, the armrests are the first item in your scooter that will be needing replacement. 

The moment that you see your scooter armrests are showing the first signs of wear such as scuffs, scraps, similar damage, take it as your first clue that they may need replacement or repair. 

Generally speaking, armrests come available in 2 lengths, they’re either long or short. The shorter length is sometimes referred to as desk length. It is most suitable for use by people who need to have immediate access to a desk or a table. Hence, the name. 

As for the longer-length armrest, or a full-length type, they are considered the armrest of choice by people who are afflicted by their wrist issues. Therefore, these users require better support for their lower arms.  

4. Motor

This is one part of a mobility scooter that needs to stand the test of time. Needless to say, it should be designed and built to last. Otherwise, everything else will not work. 

But like any other device or equipment, there will come a time that motor for electronic and mechanical machines will no longer work as expected. The moment that your scooter’s motor reaches that point, there is no other course of action for you to take. You will look for a replacement, or have the motor fixed. 

  1. Controller/Joystick

Every single time that you use your scooter, you make use of its controller/joystick to maneuver it. Therefore, you must keep this part of your scooter in good condition all the time. This is apart from giving it regular maintenance work. 

The controller or joystick acts as the “brain” of the scooter, the reason being that it directs the rate of acceleration, brakes, and speed. Most of the time, scooter owners are surprised to learn that their controllers are prone to internal corrosion damage, humidity and moisture. 

In addition, controllers can also get damaged due to electrical shorts. This is most likely to happen if the battery is not properly installed. If you rely and depend so much on your mobility scooter to help you get through your day, then it makes perfect sense if you familiarize yourself with it, in all its aspects.  

Since it is a mechanical device, it will inevitably require maintenance work from time to time. Therefore, you must build a good rapport with a reputable technician. Such a licensed professional will be of great help in keeping your scooter to its tip-top shape for years to come.