What's the worst that could happen with a bad power wheelchair bearing?
I have a power wheelchair that's only three years old. On Thanksgiving Day I started to hear a loud clicking/grinding noise on the left side of the chair that appears to be coming from the front caster wheel.
The tread is gone on both front caster wheel tires, so it's time for them to be replaced anyway. Only problem is, I'm having trouble reaching my wheelchair repair guy and am wondering:
1. Should I wait until after the pandemic to have my chair serviced?
2. Is this something I can do myself? I'm not mechanically-inclined but am wondering if this would be easy enough that I can change the caster wheels myself?
3. If so, what tools will I need?
4. Is it safe for me to use this chair until I hear back from my repair guy or find someone else or find a way to do it on my own?
I tried to go w/o using this chair. I've got a walker but with my bad knees and hip it was too hard to quit it cold-turkey.
- Anonymous2 months ago
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- Andy CLv 72 months ago
It will lead to further damage to your axel, wheels and quite possibly the motor. That's how you move. It's worth fixing ASAP.
- JohnLv 62 months ago
Bad things always happen when you least expect them. The worst thing that could happen is the bearing falls apart and you take a tumble. Could be the bearing nut only needs tightened or the bearing needs replaced. The clicking noise means a few roller bearings fell out.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Check if it is still under warranty before you do anything. The worst is the bearing locks so the wheel won't turn and it will screech a bit but it might damage the parts where the bearing is held. Find another repair guy. No point in waiting for the pandemic to be over. You can minimise the risk of Covid transmission - clean it thoroughly when you get it back or leave it three days uncovered and untouched and it will be virus free.