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    Senior Member Mona~on~wheels's Avatar
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    My wheelchair is driving me nuts!!! lol

    It won't move! You can push on the joy stick and it just sits there!!!
    Then finally it will start creeping along.

    My DME thought it was the batteries & got me new ones.
    Nada nothing changed.
    Now they say let them have it for awhile & they'll play with it.
    Try to figure out what's wrong.
    Meanwhile I lay in bed!!! Which I don't want to do.

    Anyone have this problem & what was the cause???
    Maybe I can get them to check that 1st.

    Invacare power wheelchair 3 years old.

    Thank you!

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    Maybe the engines brushes. If it was something burnt it wouldnt move.

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    I feel for you, If you push on my joystick I just sit there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herrlich View Post
    Maybe the engines brushes. If it was something burnt it wouldnt move.
    Thanks! Engine brushes? Okay I'll tell them.

    Jody your wc broke too?

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    Have them give you a loaner while they take it in to figure it out, if it's a DME that does this often then they'll have a few.
    Most everything I say is

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasWheelz View Post
    Have them give you a loaner while they take it in to figure it out, if it's a DME that does this often then they'll have a few.
    That would be nice but I have to have a tilt/recline wc.
    They don't have loaners like that.

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    Oh Mona-that stinks! We have had our fill of chair problems. The same thing with getting a loaner.
    Keeping my fingers rossed it is fixed ASAP.

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    I feel your pain too Mona...I think the problem is that its an Invacare chair. We gave up on Davids and bought him a new one out of pocket. His was an Invacare TDX3 with tilt and recline. Every problem you could think of. Good luck getting yours fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mona~on~wheels View Post
    Thanks! Engine brushes? Okay I'll tell them.

    Jody your wc broke too?
    I dont use a chair, but my joystick still broke. im feeling pissy, dont mind me, just talking out of turn. its too cold for fishing so im bitching

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    Sounds like an issue with the voltage regulators or controllers not sending the signal to the motor properly. Or even a lose wiring problem. As a EE myself, these symptoms are all too common, with many possible causes. I don't know the schematic/specifics of the chair in particular, I'm just thinking logically from a EE perspective knowing there's a power source (battery), motor, controller and what not. There has to be some sort of regulation in the system to make it all work. Sounds like that's where the problem is beit part or wiring issue. But that's just an educated guess. However, if they are knowledgable, with the proper schematic, they can easily test all that with a DMM (Digital Multi-Meter; very-very common tool for any of this type of work).

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