With over 2 million new wheelchair users popping up in the U.S. each year, it's important that rigid wheelchair (or folding wheelchair) owners understand the basic care and maintenance required for owning this important piece of equipment. The wheels are unquestionably the most vital aspect of the entire unit; the seat may be sagging and the footrest may be busted, but if anything happens to those wheels (or the wheelchair tires), the chair becomes useless.
Wheelchair bearings are responsible for holding the components of the wheels -- such as the wheelchair castors -- together. This makes them extremely important in regards to maintenance: if the bearings become worn or rusted, mobility will become increasingly difficult. Here are four ways to tell it's time to swap them out.
Wheelchair bearings play a huge role in keeping you mobile; without the proper care, your active lifestyle will slow down significantly. Be sure to keep an eye on the health of your chair and you'll be rewarded with years of use.