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7 Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Accessible Vehicle

For most people, the arrival of spring means merely taking off their snow tires. It is, however, much more than that. A harsh winter can take its toll on your vehicle. Here are just a few tips on how to not only get your accessible vehicle ready for spring but also repair the damage that might have been done by the harsh winter conditions.

Minibus accessible vehicle for physically disabled people.

Minibus with wheelchair accessibility.

1. Vehicle Spring Cleaning

Winter can be tough on all vehicles. Your vehicle has been through a lot. From salt and brine to the potholes. Road salt helps against ice, but it causes a lot of damage to cars. It can even cause brake failures. Salt-filled brine coats your vehicle’s underbody, and if left unattended, it will begin to erode. It is therefore recommended to take your car for an undercarriage wash.

2. Check Accessible Features

Pay attention to the door, ramp, and kneeler. Ensure the sliding door is free of debris. Fix any exposed, frayed, or damaged wiring on the sliding door. If your vehicle has a folding ramp or an in-floor ramp, spray hinges with a silicon-based lubricant. Ensure you can operate them without any issue. Contact AMS Vans service department to find out how to have your ramp, hand controls, and other accessible features serviced.

3. Check the Brakes and Tires

During winter, the vehicle usually deals with a lot of slippery conditions. In addition to that, the bumps from snow and ice will cause vibrations that loosen the alignment over time. Wheel alignment extends your tires’ life, steering control, vehicle performance and improves fuel efficiency.

When removing your snow tires, also check for feathering. If the feathering is too bad, it may require replacing of your tires. Ensure proper inflation of your warm weather tires. The impurities picked up from gritted roads might clog the brakes. Abrasions that usually appear in winter could lead to bodywork rust. Ensure you have your chassis checked during service.

4. Check A/C

To get ready for the heat, you should double check the air conditioning as well. Turn the AC on and make sure that max chill effect is achieved. Look out for any strange odors or noises coming from the system.

5. Check Windshield and Wipers

Winter conditions can damage your windshield and wiper blades. Repair the wiper blades if you notice they are frayed or torn. Run them across your windshield, looking out for streaking or other signs of malfunction. To avoid a complete windshield replacement, repair the chips that might appear on your windscreen. Lastly, top up the washer fluid whose levels might be a bit low after a winter of clearing away the grime and salt deposits from your windshield.

6. Check Engine and All Fluids

Start the engine and listen for any abnormal noises; rattling, grinding or clicking. Check to make sure your oil level is topped up. Take the accessible vehicle for an oil change if you feel it’s necessary. Look at your coolant and brake fluid. If your brake fluid is low, it is a sign the brake pads could be worn down.

7. Check the Battery

Check the battery for corrosion on the terminals. Clean them off with a toothbrush, a little baking soda, and elbow grease. Disconnect it first. Checking the shape is more complicated since it requires a battery tester. Take the car to a garage to find out if the battery needs recharging or replacement.

Find More Tips for Your Accessible Vehicle

The better you take care of your car, the longer it will last. AMS Vans is committed to supporting our customers throughout the process. However, if you feel that it’s time for a new look for a new season, we’ve got you covered! Why not trade in your accessible vehicle for a newer model? We offer a wide range of new and used cars. Browse our inventory here.

New Rear-Entry Access Van Joins the Robust AMS Vans Inventory

AMS Vans LLC, Now Carries New Rear Entry Access Van

NORCROSS, GA – AMS Vans LLC, is proud to announce the newest addition to their array of mobility products.  The rear-entry wheelchair van, also known as the long channel conversion, will fulfill a niche, rounding out their line of conversion vans. This eagerly-awaited model has a 99-inch long lowered floor ~ a full 33.5 inches more than the short channel ~ and seats up to two wheelchairs and four additional occupants.

The new long channel van is ideal for taxi services, non-emergency medical transport companies, and wheelchair passengers who may require just a bit of extra room.  It also offers flexibility with seating options, allowing wheelchair passengers to ride as far forward or rearward in the channel as they are comfortable.  Assisted living facilities, colleges, churches, and any other group that may have need to transport more than one wheelchair occupant at a time will find this to be the perfect solution.  Any provider that services multiple passengers in wheelchairs will also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having a generous 56” high door opening and 31” wide ramp.  That, combined with the longer channel, ensures that you can provide handicap mobility to almost any wheelchair occupant that you wish to serve.

The AMS Vans long channel rear entry van is fully ADA compliant, as are all AMS Vans rear entry wheelchair vans.  It offers the same great safety features and reliability of any AMS Vans vehicle, which customers have come to rely on for many, many years. AMS Vans is always working to stay on the cutting edge of accessible mobility.  Having provided accessible vans to the wheelchair community for over 10 years, AMS Vans knows the difficulties that can come with traveling for these customers and is dedicated to meeting and exceeding their mobility needs.  Their goal to produce the best values at the lowest prices has allowed them to remain a leader in the industry.  This latest unveiling is yet another example of how AMS Vans LLC, strives to make sure that your mobility needs are met with excellence!

AMS Vans LLC, is located in Norcross, GA, just North of Atlanta, and sells and delivers its products all across the United States, from coast to coast.  For more information on buying a rear entry accessible vehicle or van conversions for your minivan to be converted to the long channel wheelchair van, please contact AMS Vans at 800-775-VANS or go to www.amsvans.com.  Our mobility consultants are available from 8am – 6pm EST to serve you.