As with any vehicle, regular maintenance is important especially before a long road trip, as to prevent any maintenance-related issues from popping up. Standard “check-up” procedures such as getting your oil changed, checking the tire pressure, and making sure your spare tire is filled and your emergency kit is stocked are highly recommended.
In addition, there are special handicapped van upkeep procedures that are recommended.
These include the following:
- Make sure your lower door tracks are free of debris by using a vacuum along the tracks and ensuring any extra supplies won’t be able to fall onto the track.
- Spray your van’s ramp with a silicon or teflon based lubricant to make sure it slides with ease. If you use an in-the-floor ramp there’s one hinge, but if you have a fold-down ramp make sure to spray both the upper and lower hinges.
- You will also want to lightly lubricate the kneeling chain and the hand controls, if applicable to your van. Your handicap van’s manual should explain how to do this maintenance.
- Check your tie downs and securements to make sure there are no rips and they’re clear of debris.
- Tighten your 6-way power seat and make sure it’s clear of debris, if applicable to your van.
If you need any of this maintenance work done call us today to schedule an appointment.
We also provide a rust treatment that will help your wheelchair accessible vehicle last longer.