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  • How to Test a Power Wheelchair or Scooter Motor

    A)  Set your test meter to the lowest OHMS scale. Verify that the brake is engaged.  Insert the test leads into the top two terminals in the plug. You should be reading the resistance of the brake. It will be between 50 and 85 Ohms.

    testerB) Insert the test leads into the bottom terminals. You will be reading the armature resistance, which is very low, between .8 and 5 Ohms.If you get no reading at all, or a direct short (0 ohms) in either location then it is defective and the motor/brake must be replaced.

  • Fixing Common Problems with Power Hospital Beds

    The Flowchart Below is a Helpful Way to Diagnose Common Issues with Power Hospital Beds.  HME Medical Shop Does offer a full line of Hospital Bed Parts for any that need replacement!

    Common Hospital Bed Issues Hospital Bed Problem Flow Chart
  • Installing Loop Brakes on Drive Medical Walker Rollators

    This Post outlines how to install replacement walker and rollator brakes for Drive Medical Rollators.

    You Will Need:

    Phillips Head Screw Driver, An Allen Wrench, and any type of Plyer.

    1. The old loop brake has to be removed before installing the new one. If both loop brakes have to be replaced, do one at a time. By doing one at a time the one not being changed can be used as a guide. See if there is an end cap on the brake cable by the wheel and Clip off the end cap and Loosen the set screw on the cable fastener to remove the fastener.

    Brake replacement Drive Medical Brake replacement Drive Medical

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2.  Pull the cable through the spring and spring boot.

    Pull Brake Cable Pull Brake Cable

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3.  To remove the loop brake handle, the hand grip has to be removed. You can cut it off or soak it in hot water to remove it.  To Soak and Remove, first remove the handle bar from the unit by removing the height adjustment knob from the unit and lifting the handle bar out.

    Loosen Handlebar to soak brake Loosen Handlebar to Soak Brake

     

     

     

     

     

     

    4.  Soak the handgrip in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. This will expand the handgrip and break any glue bond. Slide the handgrip off the handle bar.

    Soak the Brake in Hot Water Carefully Soak the Brake in Hot Water

     

     

     

     

     

     

    5.  Next, to remove the old handle, locate the screw or screws that hold the loop brake handle on the handle bar and slide off.

    Unscrew the Handle Unscrew the Handle

     

     

     

     

     

     

    6.  After the old one is removed, slide the new one in place and tighten, then add the hand grip.

    New Handle and Handgrip Slide on the handle and hand-grip

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7.  Using the other loop brake as a guide thread the brake cable to the rear wheel. Insert the brake cable through the spring and spring boot.  Then, slide the cable fastener on the end of the cable.

    New Brake Cable thread the brake cable to the rear wheel

    Cable fastener Slide the cable fastener on the end of the cable.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    8.  Pull up on the brake cable and slide the cable fastener down as far down as it will go. Tighten the cable fastener with an Allen Wrench.

    Brake Cable Install Pull the cable as far as it will go and tighten the cable fastener.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    9.  Almost done!  To move the brake pads closer to the wheel, there are 2 options (see below).  If a solid contact with the wheel cannot be achieved with both of these adjustment nuts, turn both adjustment nuts clockwise until they stop. Repeat the previous step to take up any slack in the cable. Make sure that the cable fastener is down as far as it will go.

    That's it, let us know if you have any questions!

    adjustment to the cable turning the nut counterclockwise the brake contact will move closer to the wheel.

     

    Brake Contact Turning this cable adjuster counterclockwise will also move the brake contact closer to the wheel
  • How to Install A Drive Medical Suction Cup Grab Bar

  • Quickly Assemble the Stander Security Pole and Grab Bar

     

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