FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I remove a solid wheelchair tire?
If you are removing a solid wheelchair tire with the intent of using it again, use an "S" tool. Wedge the "S" tool up and underneath until the lever protrudes on both sides of the rim. A group of pins holds the tire to the rim. You can remove them by trapping the wheel between your legs and rolling the “S” tool lever toward you. Alternatively, you can use a wrench to pry the tire up from the rim and cut the pins with a pair of snips. Ensure to buy new pins where wheelchair accessories are available for sale.
What is the difference between a wheelchair wheel and a wheelchair tire?
The main difference between wheelchair wheels and wheelchair tires, like the Gray Pneumatic Street Tire, is wheelchair tires are components of wheelchair wheels. When you push or pull the handrails, the wheelchair wheels receive the transference of energy and move your wheelchair forward or backward in a rolling motion. The tires assist the wheels in efficiently rolling over various surfaces with unique qualities, such as the speed features built in a High-Performance Primo Racer Wheelchair Tire.
What types of wheelchair tires are there?
Regardless of your interests or needs, there are many types of wheelchair tires available, such as the High-Performance Primo V-Trak Knobby Tire and slick racing tires. In addition, there are air-filled, foam-filled, or solid tires for various shock absorption and traction levels. Air-filled tires are cheaper but not flat-proof like the solid tire options. Plus, you have a wide variety of casters, like the 8" x 1" Caster Wheel With 7/16 Bearings. All these tire variations are available in the three standard wheelchair tire sizes: 24 inch - 540, 25 inch - 559, and 26 inch – 590.
How do I clean a wheelchair tire?
The best cleaning method for wheelchair tires is to sweep away dirt and particulates with a brush, broom, or other stiff-bristled cleaning tools. If your tires have mud on them, let them dry until the mud gets flakey. This process usually takes a few hours. You should not use the rubber conditioner on the wheelchair's tire tread because it makes the tires slippery. Also, you should clean your wheelchair wheels and tires before you enter your home.
How do I measure for a replacement wheelchair tire?
Replacement tires for wheelchairs come in standardized sizes. So, measuring your present tire will help you choose the correct size replacement tire. You can use a cloth measuring tape to measure from the outside of the rim on one side to the outside of the rim on the opposite side. If you use inches, you can multiply that number by 25 to get the millimeter measurement. For example, if your wheel measure 25 inches, the millimeter measurement would be 559 millimeters. You will need both measurements because some manufacturers use standard and others use metric sizes for their mobility aids.
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