The feeling of freedom and independence you get from your wheelchair-accessible truck is incredible. However, along with that freedom comes the responsibility of properly maintaining your vehicle to ensure it remains reliable and safe for transportation. With a few tips for maintaining your wheelchair-accessible truck, you can ensure that you can trust your vehicle no matter where the open road takes you. Don’t miss our essential tips below!

Regular Inspections and Maintenance

Routine inspections and maintenance are key to a vehicle’s longevity. Regular check-ups allow you to catch and address potential issues early before they escalate into costly repairs. Ensure that all vehicle components, including the wheelchair lift, are inspected at least bi-annually by a professional who understands the unique needs of wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Conduct regular visual inspections and have someone do quick physical inspections to make sure all fasteners are present and properly tightened. Clean and Lubricate the latches as needed using standard bearing grease you can find at a local hardware store.

Your visual inspection can also include checking for chipped paint or rust. Examine the floor pan for any scratches or rust, which require immediate attention so they don’t evolve into a costly repair. Look for hydraulic fluid leaks that might prohibit the smooth operation of the gull-wing door and lift.

During operation, make sure the door fit is tight and the edges around the door are not catching when opening and closing. If so, we recommend you visit your mobility dealer for a proper adjustment. Water leaks can also indicate a misalignment of the door.

Check Tire Pressure and Tread

Tires are where your truck meets the road, and they play a significant role in ensuring your safety and comfort. For a wheelchair-accessible pickup, maintaining the right tire pressure is even more critical given the added weight of the conversion, and the distribution of that weight based on whether or not it’s a driver or passenger-side conversion. Always keep 5-10 PSI more air in the front conversion-side tire while not exceeding the maximum recommended PSI. It is also extremely important to rotate your tires in a converted vehicle more regularly – tire rotation after every 5,000 miles is recommended. Additionally, keep an eye on the tread wear. Tires with worn treads can compromise your vehicle’s grip on the road, especially in adverse weather conditions.

Monitor Lift Operations

The lift is the heart of your wheelchair-accessible truck, facilitating easy entry and exit from the vehicle. It’s vital to have your ride height adjusted properly to your vehicle and monitor its operation closely. Listen for unusual noises or hesitation during use, which can indicate a need for maintenance or adjustment. Regularly cleaning the lift and keeping its mechanical components lubricated according to the manufacturer’s instructions will help ensure its smooth operation. And if you change wheelchairs, it is important for you to visit your mobility dealer up front to ensure your ride height is adjusted properly and accommodate for any weight variances.

Battery Care

A reliable battery is essential for the operation of your vehicle and its accessibility features. It’s even more important in a wheelchair-converted vehicle since you’re adding the regular operation of the gull-wing door and lift to everyday battery usage. Regular battery checks can prevent unexpected failures. Ensure the battery terminals are clean and secure, and have the battery tested periodically to gauge its capacity. The battery life in a converted vehicle will likely be shorter than in a standard pickup, so be diligent about testing it, and if you notice a decline in performance, it might be time for a replacement. Lastly and most importantly, always start your vehicle’s engine before operating the door and lift to prevent unnecessary excess wear on the battery.

Professional Servicing

While regular self-checks and maintenance are crucial, nothing replaces professional servicing. Every six months, we recommend you see a qualified technician for comprehensive care, from checking the engine to the specialized components of your pickup. They can offer advice tailored to your vehicle’s condition and usage, helping you make informed decisions about its upkeep.

Regular upkeep of your wheelchair-accessible truck is not just about maintaining its functionality; it’s about ensuring your freedom to move and explore without limitations. By following these tips for maintaining your wheelchair-accessible truck, you can help guarantee that your vehicle remains a reliable companion on all your journeys. Taking proactive steps today can prevent challenges tomorrow, helping you enjoy smooth, uninterrupted adventures.