Service and Repairs of Modified Disability Vehicles – What You Need To Know

For our valued customers, both old and new, it’s important to maintain your modified disability vehicles, particularly for the safety of the driver and passengers.

Many people are proactive with their vehicle modifications, but fail to regularly uphold high-quality modified vehicle repairs. This lack of maintenance can lead to serious wear and tear going unnoticed, including weakened seatbelts, dented undercarriages and misaligned suspension, which can all impact vehicle safety.

Here at Auto Extras, we strive to uphold the highest quality and safety standards in everything we do; for the safety of our customers, and also for the safety of others on the road.

If you own a disability modified vehicle and think it could be time for a service, here’s what you need to know.

What Does A Modified Vehicle Service Entail?

Fortunately, it’s very easy to make sure your vehicle adheres to all safety requirements with a regular modified vehicle service. This is quite an extensive job that, when performed correctly, covers all aspects of the modified disability vehicle, including wheel alignment, exhaust systems, fuel lines and suspension components.

A thorough service will also focus on ensuring wheelchair docking stations are working perfectly and that all lifting devices are 100-percent safe. Wheelchair and scooter ramps will also be assessed, while all metal and moving components will be checked for rust and proper lubrication.

What Areas Should You Focus On?

Services and repairs can vary drastically depending on your modified vehicle’s fitout. With more than 40 years’ experience in mobility vehicles at Auto Extras, we can offer knowledgeable advice on maintaining various installations.

For example, owners with a Milford Person Lift will need to ensure the multiple pivot points on the lifting arm are well-lubricated and the metal supports haven’t started to rust. Those with a turn-y seat, meanwhile, will need to check the electrical components and make sure the chair’s tracks offer a smooth swivel motion.

Wheelchair stowage devices also need regular maintenance for user safety. Services on wheelchair cranes typically cover the lifting brackets and motorised components, while those on platform lifts usually check that there are no rusting components, the electronics are safe and that the manual override is working.

Safety Isn’t Just About Seatbelts

While it’s important to check all car seatbelts meet safety regulations, there are also other safety elements that often come with modified disability vehicles.

This includes wheelchair restraints, which generally have four mounting points and automatic or manual retractors. These must be serviced and repaired (if needed), along with the tracks or discs on which they’re mounted.

Steps and handrails should also be assessed, especially automatic slide-out steps mounted under the vehicle, which can become stiff and malfunction without proper care.

A complete and thorough service should also cover the unique and standard accessories of your vehicle, including reverse cameras, tie-down points, window tinting and power outlets. In the essence of safety, it’s also important to ensure you have the necessary emergency tools, such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers and escape hammers.

Is Your Vehicle Up To Standard?

After getting your vehicle modified for transporting disabled passengers, the next step (or steps) is to ensure these modifications and the vehicle itself are maintained through regular servicing and repairs.

At Auto Extras, we can help you find the best vehicle modifications for your needs and also offer sound advice on keeping everything in a premium and safe state.

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