User Manual - Scoota Mart

Owner’s manual
Issue 6
F 40
How to use this manual
We at Sunrise Medical want you to get the best out of your Quickie F40
powerchair. This Owner’s Manual will familiarise you with the chair and
its features. It contains hints on everyday usage and general care in
addition to information on the high quality standards which we adhere to
and details about the guarantee. There are a wide range of accessories
and adjustments available on the Quickie F40. For further information
about these you should contact your wheelchair perscriber/supplier. Your
wheelchair will reach you in excellent condition having been personally
inspected before leaving our factory. By following the guidelines for
maintenance and cleaning your wheelchair will maintain its first class
condition and give you complete satisfaction.
Issue 6
page 1
page 2
Features and options
page 3
Safety warnings and user tips
page 4 - 6
Preparing your wheelchair for use
page 7 - 10
page 11 - 12
Using your wheelchair
page 13 - 18
Penny and Giles Pilot Plus control pod
page 19
page 20 - 21
Parallel Swing-Away
page 22- 23
Batteries and charging
page 24 - 33
User tips
page 34 - 36
page 37
page 38
Service history
page 39
Maintenance chart
page 40
Sunrise Medical
page 41
Issue 6
The Quickie F40 has been designed for use by an individual on a daily
basis. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It is only intended for
use as a pavement vehicle, but may also be used when crossing between
This vehicle has been designed for a single occupant of limited mobility up
to the weight of 118Kg who has the cognitive, physical and visual ability to
control the vehicle safely. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of the
powerchair, contact your local Sunrise approved dealer for clarification, prior
to commencing use.
It is very important to read the relevant section of the owners manual
when making any adjustments. If you have any queries about the use,
maintenance or safety of your wheelchair please contact your local
approved Sunrise Medical service agent. If you do not know of an approved
dealer in your area or have any other questions please write or telephone:
Telephone 01384 446688 FAX. 01384 446699
International Telephone +44 1384 446688
FAX.+44 1384 446699
Sunrise Medical is ISO 9001 certified, which ensures quality at all stages of
the development and production of this wheelchair.
This product is manufactured to comply with the radio
interference requirements of EEC directive
89/336/EEC and Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC
Sunrise is dedicated to providing products of exacting quality which conform
fully and reliably to the requirements of their intended use. Sunrise is
accredited to B. S. EN ISO 9001 which is the internationally recognized
standard for quality management systems. This approval ensures we
provide quality in all areas of our business from development through to
final delivery.
Serial Number:
Inspected by:
Issue 6
Your guarantee
7 The above warranty conditions apply to all
wheelchair parts, for models purchased at full retail
The guarantee form is encluded in the Sunrise Pack.
Please fill in the relevant details and return to us to
register your entitlement.
8 Under normal circumstances, no responsibility will
be accepted where the Wheelchair has required
repair or replacement as a direct result of:-
a) The Wheelchair or part not having been
maintained in accordance with the
manufacturer’s recommendations, where such
exist, or failing to use only the specified original
equipment parts.
Warranty conditions
1 The repair or replacement will be carried out by an
authorised Sunrise Medical dealer/service agent.
b) The Wheelchair or part having been damaged
by neglect, accident or improper use.
2 To apply the warranty conditions should your
Wheelchair require attention under these
arrangements, notify the designated Sunrise Medical
service agent immediately giving full information
about the nature of the difficulty. Should you be
operating the Wheelchair away from the locality
of the designated Sunrise Medical service agent,
work under the “Warranty Conditions” will be carried
out by any other service agent designated by the
c) The Wheelchair or part having been altered
from the manufacturer’s specifications, or
repairs having been attempted prior to the
service agent being notified.
Please keep a note of your local service agent’s
address and telephone number in the space below. In
the event of a breakdown, contact them and try to give
all relevant details so they can help you quickly.
The Wheelchairs shown and described in this manual
may not be exactly the same in every detail as your
own model. However, all instructions are still entirely
relevant, irrespective of detail differences.
3 Should any part of the Wheelchair require repair or
replacement as a result of a specific manufacturing
or material defect within twelve months from the
date on which the possession of the Wheelchair was
transferred to the original purchaser, and subject to it
remaining within that ownership, the part or parts will
be repaired or replaced completely free of charge if
returned to the authorised service agent.
The manufacturer reserves the right to alter without
notice any weights, measurements or other technical
data shown in this manual. All figures, measurements
and capacities shown in this manual are approximate
and do not constitute specifications.
Note: This guarantee is not transferable.
4 Any repaired or replaced part will benefit from these
arrangements for the balance of the warranty period
applicable to the Wheelchair.
Sunrise Medical authorised Service Agent
5 Parts replaced after the original warranty has expired
are covered for a further twelve months.
6 Items of a consumable nature will not generally be
covered during the normal warranty period unless
such items have clearly suffered undue wear as
a direct result of an original manufacturing defect.
These items include amongst others upholstery,
tyres, inner tubes and similar parts.
Sunrise Medical authorised Service Agent
Sunrise Medical Limited
High Street Wollaston West Midlands DY8 4PS
Tel 01384 4466 88 Fax 01384 44 66 99
Please remember to fill in and post the guarantee registration card enclosed with this manual. Sunrise
Medical Limited recommend that you do not undertake maintenance tasks other than those explained in
this manual. Your local approved Sunrise Medical service agent is fully trained by Sunrise Medical to carry
out detailed maintenance as and when required. Use only genuine Sunrise Medical replacement parts.
Issue 6
Features and options
Speed and Directional
Control page 7, 19-26
page 10
page 7
Seat Sling
page 11
page 9
Wheels and
page 41
Kerb Climber
page 16
page 15-17
Drive Motors
page 13
Batteries and
page 27-36
The Quickie F40 has been designed for use by an individual on a daily basis. It is
suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It is only intended for use as a pavement
vehicle, but may also be used when crossing between pavements.
This Quickie F40 has been designed for a single occupant of limited mobility up to
the weight of 118kg who has the cognitive, physical and visual ability to control the
vehicle safely. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of the powerchair, contact
your local Sunrise approved dealer for clarification, prior to commencing use.
Some of the options shown in this manual may not be available in your country.
For further information please consult your Sunrise supplier.
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Safety warning and user tips
Emergency freewheel
Safety warnings
Please remember that you
have no braking facility when
the freewheel lever is moved
from the normal drive position
to the freewheel position.
Safety is very important with any
vehicle that is power driven. Here are
some helpful tips to safeguard your
The wheelchair must never
be left with the lever in the
freewheel position. For a fuller
description of this facility and
its limitations to use please
see later section.
Always ensure that your wheelchair
is switched off before attempting to
mount or dismount.
Always ensure that you are able
to operate all controls from a
comfortable position. Paying
attention to your posture is essential
to ensure your continued comfort
and well being.
Always make sure that you can be
seen clearly, especially if you intend
using your wheelchair in poor light.
Emergency braking
The simplest and safest way
to stop the wheelchair is to
release the joystick control
lever (see Control pod
section). This will bring the
chair to a halt in a controlled
Never descend a kerb forwards.
Please read carefully the section on
kerb climbing in this manual before
attempting to mount and dismount
any kerbs in your wheelchair.
Do not attempt to climb or dismount
a series of steps. It is unsafe to do so
and could cause personal injury or
damage the chair. The F40 has only
been designed to climb a single step
or kerb.
Switching the control system
off whilst the chair is in
motion will also bring the
chair to a halt. This latter
method is not recommended
as the stopping action is very
Sharp turns
Full speed turns should not
be attempted. If you need to
turn sharply you must reduce
your speed with the joystick or
speed setting. This is particularly
important when travelling across
or down a slope. Disregarding this
advice could lead to your wheelchair
tipping over.
Routine service
Like most things in life a little care
and attention goes a long way and
your chair is no exception. The
recommended service interval is one
(See service history on later page).
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Safety warning and user tips
Your wheelchair is supplied as
standard from Sunrise Medical with
maintenance free batteries. These
only require regular charging.
Your wheelchair tyres can wear
depending on use. Check them
regularly in accordance with the
service instructions in this manual,
especially the pressure of the tyres.
Do not, under any circumstances,
tamper with the batteries. If in any
doubt contact your local service
NEVER inflate the tyres using a
garage forecourt airline. Always use
the pump provided.
Do not connect the battery charger
to the mains supply until after you
have connected the charger to
the wheelchair. Before charging,
please read the relevant section in
this manual. Take care with battery
acid which is very dangerous. It
can cause burns to the skin as well
as damage to floors, furniture and
your wheelchair. If it comes into
contact with the skin or clothing,
wash immediately with soap and
water. If it comes into contact with
the eye, immediately flood the
eye with running cold water for at
least 10 minutes and seek medical
attention immediately. Acid can be
neutralised with baking soda and
water. Take care to keep batteries
upright at all times, especially when
transporting your wheelchair.
Cleaning seating
This is important should the
wheelchair be used by more than
one person to ensure there is no
cross infection.
Cleaning controls
Should the control of your
wheelchair become soiled or dirty,
it can be wiped with a damp cloth
with a dilute disinfectant until
clean. This is important should the
wheelchair be used by more than
one person to ensure there is no
cross infection.
Wheelchair motors
After prolonged use, the motors
will produce heat which is radiated
through the motor’s outer casing.
Do not touch the motor’s outer
casing for at least 30 minutes after
using the wheelchair, to allow it to
Note: Before using your vehicle
for the very first time, please
charge the batteries for a
period of 24 hours.
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Safety warnings
Wheelchair range
Use on a slope (continued)
The range of your wheelchair can
be affected by many factors such
as user weight, terrain, ambient
temperature and battery condition.
The stated range in the sales
literature should be seen as the
theoretical maximum and may not
be attained by every user.
Failure to do this may cause the
wheelchair to become unstable.
If you are in any doubt about the
capabilities of wheelchair on a
slope then do not attempt to drive
up or down the slope, try to find an
alternative route.
Mobile telephones and two way radios.
We recommend that every user
initially limit their journey to half
the stated range, until they have
confidence in the actual range
their wheelchair can attain. If your
battery indicator is showing a low
charge then do not attempt a long
journey unless you are confident in
reaching your destination and also
returning to your home without the
risk of being left stranded.
When operating cordless or mobile
telephones, two way radios, walkietalkies, C.B. Amateur Radio or
other transmitting devices, the
following must be noted:
Mobile telephones or two - way
radio devices must not be used
while operating the vehicle.
Use of mobile phones or two way
radios can cause excessively
strong electromagnetic fields. This
may interfere with the vehicle’s
electronic systems. If mobile
phones or two way radios are
required to be used, the vehicle
must be brought to a halt and the
power turned off before any such
device is switched on or used.
Use on a slope
Your wheelchair has been designed
and tested to allow its use on
slopes or gradients of up to 1 in
4 (25%). However, if you have
the option of adjusting the angle
of seating with either tilt seat
or recline back, then in certain
circumstances your wheelchair
could become unstable. Before
attempting to climb or descend a
slope, we strongly recommend that
you return the seat and back to an
upright position.
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Preparing your wheelchair for use
Armrests / skirt guard
Locking pin A
To fit the armrest/skirt guard
assembly, ensure that locking pin A
is in the ‘unlocked’ position shown
(Fig. 1). Lower the armrest into the
support cups and press down to
ensure a firm location. Release the
locking pin lever to lock position.
To adjust the height of the armrest,
pull back the lever of locking pin B
and hold. Lift or lower armrest to
the required position and release
pin to lock position. Check armrest
has seated properly.
Skirt guard
Support clip
Locking pin B
Fig. 1
Control pod
To connect power to the remote
control pod, take the cable/plug
from the pod and insert the plug
into the socket in the programme
control box located on the side
supporting the remote control pod
(Fig. 2).
Fig. 2
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Preparing your wheelchair for use
Control pod adjustment
The control pod is mounted on a
sliding arm that can be adjusted to
alter the position of the pod.
Sliding Inner Arm
For adjustment, loosen the lowest
stud using a 4.0 mm Allen key, slide
the arm to the required position and
tighten the stud, (Fig. 3).
If a 90 degree or parallel swing
away is fitted, the control pod
may be moved for desk access by
pushing it to one side, (Fig. 4).
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
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Preparing your wheelchair for use
Fitting hanger/footrests
-infinitely adjustable hanger/
Offer the footrest/hanger assembly
to the chair as shown (Fig. 5).
Position the locating tube into the
frame receiver and swing the
hanger forward “A” to lock.
To swing away the footrest, push
the retaining catch on the hanger
whilst turning the footrest outward.
Lift to remove.
The footrest can be adjusted for
height. To adjust, slacken using
the socket key, the set screw in the
adjustment collar and set extension
tube to the required height.
Re-tighten the screw to secure
Fig. 5
Footplate angle adjustment
90o hangers (optional)
To adjust the angle of the footplate
(Fig. 6) loosen the two retaining
screws (1) sufficiently to allow the
footplate (2) to rotate (use a 4mm
Allen key). Rotate the footplate to
the desired angle and tighten the
screws to 8-19Nm torque.
adjustment (optional)
The footplate can also be moved
forwards by removing the screws
(1), moving the footplate forwards
and aligning the two rear holes
in the footplate (2) with the holes
in the receiver (3). Replace the
screws and tighten as above.
Fig. 6
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Preparing your wheelchair for use
Detachable backrest
To remove backrest release
both pins (one each side) they
must be withdrawn from the side
frames. Depressing the retaining
button situated in the end of the
pins releases the spring loaded
pegs allowing the withdrawal of
the release pins (Fig. 7). Pull the
backrest posts up and out of the
seat frame. To re-fit, reverse the
above procedure ensuring that
the backrest post holes align with
the hole in the seat frame. Reinsert pin from the outside of frame
inwards and ensure that the spring
loaded pegs lock out on clearing
the upright post.
Release pin
Fig. 7
Angle adjustable backrest
If your powerchair has been
fitted with the optional adjustable
angle backrest (Fig. 8), it can be
folded down. Remove the release
pins from both sides and fold the
backrest down onto the seat.
To adjust the angle, replace the
pins and slacken angle locking
screws on both sides of the
wheelchair. Now select the position
or angle you require, ensure that
serrations are effectively seated in
their position and tighten all screws
securely. Test backrest to confirm
Fig. 8
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Seat sling tension adjustment
Loosen all the
The seat upholstery may be
re-tensioned. To do this, loosen
all the screws as shown in Fig. 9
and detach the Velcro©. Re-tension
the seat sling by pulling down
on the detatched Velcro© against
the clamping bar. Re-secure the
clamping screws and re-seal
Velcro©. Check sling for tension.
Detach the
fig. 9
Seat cushions
Seat cushions supplied by Sunrise
Medical will have Velcro© strips that
correspond to patches on the seat
sling (Fig. 10). You must ensure
these are aligned prior to using the
wheelchair. Other cushions used
should also have Velcro© strips
in a similar position to ensure the
cushion does not slip off the seat.
The seat cushions supplied by
Sunrise Medical all have removable
Seat cushion
fig. 10
Issue 6
Adjustment of optima backrest
(where fitted)
To change the shape and/or
tension of the ‘Optima’ backrest,
remove the padded cover from the
rear of the backrest and expose the
tension straps (Fig. 11). Loosen or
tighten the straps to suit. (The most
comfortable and supportive position
is achieved with the wheelchair
user seated in the chair). Ensure
the straps are securely fastened
and replace the padded cover prior
to use.
Loosen or tighten the straps to suit the
user’s need.
Safety cut-outs
To safeguard the electrical systems
there are safety cutouts built into
your wheelchair. The control battery
box (Fig.12) cutouts are located
to the rear of the battery box along
side the electrical power socket.
The 15 amp controls the charging
circuit and the 70 amp the battery
power circuit. In the event of an
electrical fault the cutout button
will extend out isolating the circuit.
Depress button after a short period
to resume. Protection for your motors
is integrated within the programme
control box and will decrease the
power automatically. This operates
in extreme conditions, repetitive
steep hill climbing in high ambient
temperatures. Contact your Sunrise
Medical dealer if faults re-occur.
fig. 11
Issue 6
Using your wheelchair
Emergency freewheel
This is a mechanism which enables
the drive to be disconnected in the
event of battery or other failure.
Turn drive levers away from the
wheels, to disengage the drive
from the motors. Use only in an
emergency, or if your wheelchair
needs to be moved manually.
To engage drive rotate the levers
on the rear of the gearboxes
towards drive wheels. Engage drive
before parking your powerchair
It is not intended for permanent
REMEMBER: The chairs automatic braking
system will not work unless the
handles on both gearboxes are
Drive levers
(Shown disengaged)
fig. 13
Issue 6
Using your wheelchair
Operating the control joystick
When engaging the main on/off
switch, allow a few seconds prior
to moving the joystick. This allows
the system to self check and for
the battery level indicator to display
the charge state of the battery.If
you move the joystick too soon, the
battery level indicator will scroll,
disabling drive to your wheelchair.
Whilst this is not harmful to your
wheelchair, you will need to switch
off and then back on to clear the
system (Fig. 14).
If this is your first encounter
in driving a power chair then
select the lowest speed setting.
Move the joystick gradually in the
direction you wish to go. Proceed
slowly until you become of aware
of the small movements required
of the joystick. Do not push the
joystick too quickly forward.
Anticipation of the direction
of travel is soon acquired and
correction is then made instinctively
in the same way that a car driver
always turns the steering wheel in
the direction he wants to go, even
though the car and wheel may want
to go another way. Look ahead
when you are driving, and not at
the control pod but do remember
that only practice will enable you
to become proficient. Brakes will
operate as soon as the joystick is
released and allowed to return to
its centre position. On level ground,
this should bring you to a halt
within one chair’s length.
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Fig. 14
On a steep hill, it may travel slightly
further and you will notice the
brakes being automatically applied
when the chair is nearly stationary.
Once the brakes have been
applied, switching off will make no
difference to the brakes, although
it is always safer when remaining
stationary for a period of time to
switch off. If you need to do an
emergency stop, then switch off the
on/off switch. This will immediately
apply full braking and bring the
chair to a rapid halt.
This should only be done
when travelling in the forward
direction and never when
travelling in reverse as the
severe braking effect could be
Using your wheelchair
Kerb climber
Your wheelchair is normally
capable of climbing small steps
and kerbs. With the Kerb Climbing
service, you will be able to
climb any kerb up to 4” (10cms)
high. Please follow the safety
instructions carefully.
Cut out
Fitting and removal
1 Locate the kerb climber bar into
the left hand location bracket
and push the bar against the
spring (Fig. 17).
2 Hold the kerb climber with your
right hand over the locking lever
and release the locking pin.
3 Align the two pips on the right
hand side of the bar with the cut
outs on the right hand location
4 Allow the tension in the spring to
locate the kerb climber into the
right hand location bracket.
5 Release the locking lever
and ensure the locking pin
is correctly positioned in the
locating hole (Fig. 18).
6 Reverse the procedure to
remove the kerb climber.
Locking lever
Locking pin
Locating hole
Fig. 17
Locking lever in
normal operating
Fig. 18
Issue 6
Using your wheelchair
Front transfers
Kerb climber being located
into transfer position
If you find that the kerb climber
is obstructing your exit or entry
into the wheelchair you can swing
the kerb climber back into the
reverse position. Follow the fitting
instructions above, but rotate the
climber through 90° backwards
(Fig. 19). The kerb climber must be
returned to its operating position
prior to climbing kerbs.
Fig. 19
Mounting the kerb
1 Approach the kerb head on
driving forwards slowly and
steadily (Fig. 20).
2 As the kerb climber makes
contact with the kerb, the
wheelchair should be moving
slowly. Small kerbs can be
climbed from a standstill.
3 Apply sufficient power to the
motors to lift the front of the
chair up onto the kerb and then
apply slightly more power and
speed so that the drive wheels
climb the kerb smoothly and
without hesitation. As far as
possible, keep the joystick in the
straight forward position.
Fig. 20
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Using your wheelchair
Dismounting the kerb
1 Reverse the chair slowly and
carefully until the rear wheels
are on the edge of the kerb
(Fig. 21).
2 Reverse as slowly as possible
off the kerb with the rear wheels.
You will feel more secure if you
can lean forward, but if you
can’t, don’t worry,the wheelchair
is extremely stable as long as
you stay within its limitation.
3 The front of the chair will
naturally follow down the kerb
as you continue to drive slowly
Fig. 21
6 Do not attempt any kerbs in the
vicinity of drain covers, uneven
or gritty road surfaces.
7 Do not attempt to dismount a
kerb any higher than 2” (5 cm) in
the forwards direction.
8 Do not mount or dismount kerbs
at an angle other than straight
on (90°) to the edge of the kerb
(Fig. 20).
9 Prior to climbing ensure your
legrests will clear the kerb.
1 Please show the utmost
consideration for the other traffic
on the road. Remember that the
last thing a car or lorry driver
expects to see is a wheelchair
backing off the kerb into the
road. If in any doubt, do not risk
crossing the road until you are
certain that it is safe.
2 Always cross the road as
quickly as possible.
3 Do not attempt to go up or down
more than a 4” (10 cm) high
4 Do not attempt to use the kerb
climber on a series of steps.
5 Do not attempt high kerbs if on
steep slopes or cambers.
Issue 6
The Penny and Giles Pilot + control pod
Power supply
Ensure the power lead is
connected correctly into its socket
on the rear of the control pod
(Fig. 22).
The immobiliser plug
When this is activated the chair will
not function, other than the hazard
warning light system. This may
be useful if you wish to leave your
wheelchair unattended (Fig. 22).
To activate the immobiliser
1. Switch the chair on via the
On/Off button (Fig. 23).
2. Insert the immobiliser plug into
the charger/programmer socket
located on the front of the
control pod.
3. Remove the plug after 1-2
4. Your chair should now be
Fig. 22
To de-activate the immobiliser
1. Switch the chair on via the
On/Off button.
2. Insert the immobiliser plug into
the charger/programmer socket
located on the front of the
control pod.
3. Remove the plug after 1-2
4. Your chair should now be ready
to use.
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Fig. 23
•On/off button: This
connects or disconnects the
entire electronic system,
which supplies energy to
the motors. Do not use this
button to stop the chair
except in case of emergency,
doing so may damage the
•Battery Gauge: This
indicates that the wheelchair
is under power. It also
indicates any fault there
may be in functioning. The
number of lights flashing
indicates the fault type.
(See “Battery Gauge” in this
•Speed indicator: This
indicates the maximum
speed set for the wheelchair.
There are five speeds
predefined. The first is
the lowest, the last is the
•Speed decrease button:
Decrease the maximum
speed setting
•Speed increase button:
Increase the maximum
speed setting
•Horn switch
Fig. 33
and stable flashing means the
batteries need charging.
•If it flashes once every 2.5
seconds, this means that the
control system has deactivated
particularly if the wheelchair has
not been used for a certain period
of time. To reactivate it, turn off
the system and then turn it on
•If the fault indicator flashes
rapidly, this indicates that there
is a fault. Turn off the system.
Check the state of the batteries
and the connections, and turn on
the system again. If the flashing
continues, the number of bars
flashing will indicate the location
of the fault.
-If the number of bars on is 1:
The batteries need charging, or
are badly connected.
-If the number of bars on is 2:
The left motor is improperly
-If the number of bars on is 3:
Electrical fault in the left motor.
-If the number of bars on is 4:
The right motor is improperly
Battery Gauge
•If it remains lit, this means
that everything is OK. It
flashes to indicate any fault
that may have arisen. Slow
Issue 6
By pressing the actuator button
again you return into the drive
Controller Warnings
Ensure that you always have
comfortable access to the controls
whilst the chair is moving and
make sure that the controller
is fixed securely to the chair.
It is important that the joystick
boot is replaced if it is torn or
brittle, failing to do so could cause
substance damage to the
controller and unexpected
movement of the chair.
Do not replace the joystick knob
with any unauthorised item. It may
cause hazardous operation and
loss of control of the chair.
Please ensure that the control
system is switched off prior to
-If the number of bars on is 5:
Electrical fault in the right motor.
-If the number of bars on is 6:
The battery charger is plugged
-If the number of bars on is 7:
Fault in the control.
-If the number of bars on is 8:
Fault in the control system.
Make sure the control system
connections are secure.
-If the number of bars on is 9:
Fault in the electro-magnetic
-If the number of bars on is 10:
Excess voltage.
-To operate the lights and
indicators press the relevant
switch for the on and off
operation. To operate the
actuators press the actuator
button in front of the joystick.
A left or right movement of the
joystick selects the tilt or back
actuator. A LED will indicate
the option selected. Moving the
joystick forwards and backwards
changes the angle of the seat
option chosen.
Cleaning instructions
Should the control of your
wheelchair become soiled or dirty,
it can be wiped with a damp cloth
with a dilute disinfectant until
clean. This is important should the
wheelchair be used by more
than one person to ensure there is
no cross infection.
!! Control system to be switched off
prior to cleaning!!
Programming port
Hand Control: The programming
port is placed in the bottom front of
the pod.
No hand control: The programming
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port can be any unused bus
socket on any of the modules. If
no free bus socket is available
bus splitters are available through
This will enable an approved
service agent to re-programme
your chair and also gain useful
information when tracing any faults.
When the chair leaves the factory, the
parameters of the controller
are set to default.
To programme the controller you need
a special programming
device (Handheld or PC software),
which is available through your
Sunrise Medical Dealer.
Note: SUNRISE MEDICAL does not
accept responsibility for damages
which result from unexpected stopping
of the wheelchair or
inappropriate programming or
unauthorised use of the wheelchair.
Note: Programming the controller of
the wheelchair is only allowed
through authorised personnel trained
by Sunrise Medical. Incorrect
controller settings could cause driving
outside the safe limits and
could result in damage or injury. (Fig.
Fig. 54
Fig. 34
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Parallel Swing-Away
When transferring to and from
the wheelchair do not use the
remote as a means of support.
Before adjusting the swingaway arm, switch off the
controller to avoid accidental
displacement of the joystick
which would cause unwanted
movement of your wheelchair.
Keep fingers, clothing, etc.,
clear of the swing-away
mechanism at all times.
Ensure the power is switched
off while adjusting the parallel
swing-away arm.
Only operate the wheelchair at
low manoeuvring speed when
the parallel swing-away is in
Gently apply pressure to the side of
the controller nearest the user and
as close as possible to the front of
the controller.
The controller will move outward
and then backward before reaching
its fully back position.
Keep your fingers and clothing,
etc., clear while operating the
swing-away mechanism.
Ensure that you set the speed of
the attendent control to aspeed that
you can comfortably follow.
If required, your wheelchair can
be operated with the swingaway mechanism in its fully
back position, but only for slow
manoeuvering such as positioning
the wheelchair closer to table tops,
Ensure that you always have
comfortable access to the controls
whilst the chair is moving and make
sure that the controller
is fixed securely to the chair.
To revert to the normal driving
position, switch off the power and
pull the arm outwards and then
forwards before returning the arm
to its ‘home’ position. Make sure
the controller is fully engaged in its
home position before switching on
and operating the wheelchair in the
normal manner.
It is important that the joystick boot
is replaced if it is torn orbrittle,
failing to do so could cause
substance damage to the
controller and unexpected
movement of the chair.
Always turn off the power to the
controller when leaving the user in
the chair.
Do not replace the joystick knob
with any unauthorised item. It may
cause hazardous operation and
loss of control of the chair.
Do not hang any items on or
over the parallel swing-away
remote assembly as this
could damage the swing-away
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Parallel Swing-Away
Ensure that you always have
comfortable access to the controls
whilst the chair is moving. Make
sure that the controller is
fixed securely to the centre bar.
It is important that the joystick
boot is replaced if it is torn or
brittle, failing to do so could cause
substance damage to the
controller and unexpected
movement of the chair.
Ensure that all extremities and
clothing swing-away arm is out and
you may not get between certain
Do not hang any items on or over
the parallel swing-away remote
assembly as this could damage the
When transferring to and from the
wheelchair do not use the remote
as a means of support.
Always turn off the power to the
controller before moving the
controller out of the way.
Keep fingers, clothing, etc. clear of
the swing-away mechanism at all
The maximum weight allowed for
the tray is 2.5kg.
Do not to overload the tray, this
could cause the tray to break or
could cause the chair to become
Ensure that you always have
comfortable access to the controls
whilst the chair is moving and make
sure that there is
nothing on the tray that could
interfere with your control of the
It is important that the joystick
boot is replaced if it is torn or
brittle, failing to do so could cause
substance damage to the
controller and unexpected
movement of the chair. Always
turn off the power to the controller
before moving the tray out of the
way. Do not leave lit cigarettes or
other heat sources on the tray as
this could cause the tray to deform
and mark.
Ensure the power is switched off
while adjusting the parallel swingaway arm.
Only operate the wheelchair at
low manoeuvring speed when the
parallel swing-away is in use.
Fig. 35
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Batteries and charging
Batteries - single box
The single battery box is mounted
below the wheelchair seat (Fig. 36)
To remove the battery box
disconnect the power plug from
the control panel on the front of the
box lid. The lid contains the power
socket, a three pin charging socket
and two cutout switches of 15 and
70 amp.
To remove the battery box push the
basket forwards with the rear facing
handle, sufficiently to release the
retaining hooks. Lift the basket (to
clear the retaining hooks) and pull
it out so that the battery box can be
Disconnect the power plug from the
control box panel and remove the
battery box (Fig. 37).
Fig. 36
To remove the basket completely
follow the above steps, but slide
the basket over the retaining bars
allowing the basket side channels
to clear the end of the support rails.
Lift and withdraw the basket.
To replace the battery box and/
or basket reverse the above
Fig. 37
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Batteries and charging
Batteries - split boxes
The batteries are contained within
two battery boxes, which are
housed in a removable wire basket
sited below the wheelchair seat
(Fig. 38). The battery boxes consist
of a controlbox with a control panel
within a tall lid containing the
power socket, a three pin charging
socket and two cutout switches
of 15 and 70 amp. The boxes are
connected by a tandem connector
wired from each box lid. To remove
the boxes lift the basket with the
rear facing handle so releasing the
basket from retaining the hooks,
this enables the basket to slide out
sufficiently to allow the removal
of the battery boxes. Disconnect
the power plug from the control
box and the tandem connectors.
The battery boxes can now be
lifted out (Fig. 39). To remove the
basket completely slide it over the
retaining bars and allow the basket
side channels to clear the end of
the support rails. Lift and withdraw
Return the battery boxes to the
basket ensuring that the control
battery box panel faces backward,
connect the power plug and
tandem connectors to ready your
chair for use.
Fig. 38
Fig. 39
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Batteries and charging
General information
Maintenance free batteries
Batteries are the power source for
almost all of the modern mobility
products available today. The
design of batteries used in mobility
products is significantly different to
the batteries used to start a car for
example. Car batteries are designed
to release a large amount of power
over a short period of time, whilst
mobility batteries (commonly called
deep cycle batteries) release their
power evenly, over a long period of
time. Therefore, due to the lower
production volumes and increased
technological requirements,
mobility batteries are typically more
Commonly two 12 volt batteries are
used together in a mobility product,
giving a total voltage of 24 volts.
The size of the battery, (e.g. its
available power) is expressed in
amps per hour e.g. 30amp/hr. The
higher the number, the bigger the
battery size, weight and, potentially,
the greater the distance you can
Sunrise Medical only fit as standard
maintenance free batteries into this
type of wheelchair.
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This type of battery uses a
method of carrying the electrolyte
commonly referred to as ‘gel’, that
is held within the battery case. As
the name implies, no maintenance
is required other than regular
charging. You can safely transport
this type of battery without fear of
acid spilling.
Furthermore, they are approved for
transportation on aircraft.
Battery care
Below is set out a battery care plan
for maintenance free batteries.
This has been agreed between
Sunrise Medical and the battery
manufacturers, to enable you to get
the best out of your batteries. If a
different care plan is followed, this
may result in lower than expected
performance from your mobility
Batteries and charging
Maintenance free battery care
9 The battery terminals need to
be checked regularly for signs
of corrosion. If any corrosion
is apparent, then clean the
terminals completely (a wire
brush is ideal) and re-grease
the terminal using Vaseline
petroleum jelly, not ordinary
grease. Ensure that the terminal
nut and bolt, cable clip and
exposed cable are completely
covered with jelly.
10Following all the points above
should result in a healthier
battery, greater range for the
vehicle user and a longer life for
your batteries.
1 Only use an approved Sunrise
Medical charger compatible with
the vehicle to be charged.
2 Charge your batteries every
night, regardless of the amount
of use your mobility device has
had during the day.
3 Do not interrupt the charging
4 If your mobility device is not
required for use, it should
remain connected to the charger
until required. This will not
damage your batteries, so long
as the mains socket/plug is left
switched on. Turning the mains
socket/plug off, but leaving the
mains cable plugged in will
eventually deplete your battery
5 If you leave your vehicle for an
extended period (more than
5 days) disconnect the main
battery lead.
6 Failure to allow for recharge will
damage the batteries and can
lead to shortened distances and
premature failure.
7 Do not top up the charge of
your batteries during the day.
Wait until the evening for a full
overnight charge.
8 As a general rule, maintenance
free batteries take longer to fully
charge than lead acid batteries.
Do not expose any part of
the battery to direct heat (i.e.
naked flame, gas fire).
When charging always place
on a hard surface in a room
with good ventilation.
You should not charge
your batteries in outdoor
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Batteries and charging
The external charger (Fig. 40)
has been designed to charge two
12 volt Sonnenschien Dryfit Gel
type batteries.
Safety features
24V 5A Off-board Charger
The chargers have features which
prevent hazards or accidents
occurring as a result of connecting
batteries the wrong way round,
overheating caused by fault
conditions, or attempting to charge
wrong voltage batteries.
The majority of charger sizes are
electrically double insulated and no
earth connection is required. Some
larger sizes may be electrically
earthed and this will be clearly
stated on the label.
Fig. 40
The 3 pin UK mains input plug
contains a replaceable fuse. The
rating of this fuse is shown on the
charger label. Always replace with
the same type and size of fuse as
specified. Fitting of different fuses
can result in damage to the charger
or failure of the charger to operate
If your charger has been specified
for use in Continental Europe it will
contain a European two pin plug
which does not have a fuse. In
this case the fuse is located in the
fascia panel of the charger.
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Batteries and charging
Fault finding guide for 24V 8A
24V 8A charger indicator lights
The charger has 3 light indicators,
each clearly marked on the label to
show their function (Fig. 42).
Yellow - charging
This will illuminate a few seconds
after connection, indicating that
charging of the batteries is taking
Green - charge complete
This will illuminate when the
battery is fully charged. This can
be anywhere from 8.5 hours to
14.5 hours after commencement
of charging, depending on how
discharged the batteries were.
The ‘mains’ light will remain on.
Please note that after the charge
complete light has illuminated, the
charger will continue to charge the
batteries. However the charging
and ‘bulk charge’ complete light
will not be illuminated at this point.
Following a further period of time
the charger will switch to a ‘float
voltage’ setting. It can therefore be
left on indefinitely.
Red - fault light
Battery voltage too low, try again
after 30 mins.
Fault: The yellow “charging”
lamp is not illuminated
Check that the 13A mains plug
is properly mated with the mains
outlet socket and that the mains
supply is switched on. If the lamp
remains off consult Sunrise Medical
or your local Sunrise Medical
Fault: The charger is switched
on but the red “failure” lamp is
Check that the charger connections
are correct and that the plugs
are fully mated in the sockets. If
the lamp remains illuminated it
is possible there is a fault in the
battery, consult Sunrise Medical or
your local Sunrise Medical dealer.
Fault: The red “failure” lamp
The battery voltage is too low,
try again after approximately 30
minutes. If the lamp continues to
blink consult Sunrise Medical or
your local Sunrise Medical dealer.
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Batteries and charging
Connecting the charger and
1 The wheelchair can be charged
by connecting the battery
charger to the charging socket
in the split battery box lid A
(Fig. 41) or B for the single
battery box (Fig. 41).
2 Connect the charger to the
mains supply by means of the
mains plug switch on. The green
“On” light will illuminate (Fig. 42).
3 The amber charging light
will start to flash as charging
commences. When the amber
light is steady, charging is
complete. If not needed for
immediate use the charger can
remain connected & switched on
for extended periods, (Fig. 42).
4 Do not leave the charger
connected to the battery with the
mains disconnected or switched
off. This could result in damage
to your battery being caused by
deep discharge over a period of
5 Always switch off at the mains
before disconnecting the
Fig. 41
Fig. 42
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Batteries and charging
Safety and caution notes
1 The charger is designed for
indoor use. Do not use outdoors
or expose to rain, snow, spray or
2 Use only with Sonnenschein
dryfit Gel type batteries of the
A200, A500 or A500C groups
when employed in cyclic mode.
3 The charger may be used
with other brands of Gel type
batteries, subject to written
confirmation from the Technical
Department of Sunrise Medical.
4 Do not smoke, or create sparks
or flames in the vicinity of the
5 Avoid standing the charger on
carpets or rugs during use and
do not cover the ventilation slots
of the charger or allow objects to
rest on the case.
6 Do not attempt to recharge other
types of batteries such as car
batteries, non-rechargeable
batteries, AGM sealed batteries,
wet electrolyte batteries or
batteries of the wrong voltage.
7 Repairs should only be carried
out by Sunrise Medical.
8 The charger is designed for
mains input voltages of 220V
AC to 240V AC, for chargers
to operate with 110V AC (in
countries such as USA or North
America), a different charger will
be needed, please consult local
Sunrise Medical Dealer.
9 Use of an attachment, not
recommended or sold by
Sunrise Medical, may result in
a risk of fire, electric shock or
injury to persons. To reduce
the risk of damage to electric
plug and cord, pull by the
plug rather than the cord when
disconnecting the charger. Make
sure the cord is located so that
it will not be stepped on, tripped
over, or otherwise subjected to
damage or stress. An extension
cord should not be used unless
absolutely necessary. Use of an
improper extension cord could
result in a risk of fire and electric
shock. If any extension cord
must be used, make sure the
pins on the plug of the extension
cord are the same number, size
and shape as those of the plug
on the charger; and that the
extension cord is properly wired
and in good electrical condition.
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Batteries and charging
Important !
Never Charge a frozen battery.
A fully charged battery will rarely
freeze but the electrolyte of a
discharged battery can freeze at
16° Fahrenheit (-9° centigrade),
any battery that is suspected of
being frozen should be thawed
completely before charging.
Do not rest a battery on top of the
Do not stand the charger on a
carpet or other soft surface. Always
place it on a hard surface.
Do not operate the charger if it
has received a sharp blow, been
dropped or otherwise damaged
in any way, take it to a qualified
Do not disassemble charger;
only have it repaired by the
manufacturers. Incorrect reassembly may result in a risk of
electric shock or fire. To reduce the
risk of an electric shock, unplug
the charger from the outlet before
attempting any maintenance or
Turning off the controls will not
reduce the risk.
Note: When buying
replacement batteries always
consult your Sunrise Medical
service agent.
Note: Before using your vehicle
for the very first time, please
charge the batteries for a
period of 24 hours.
Battery warranty
Battery warranties are subject to
periods set by the manufacturers,
however, most of these warranties
are subject to a wear and tear
clause, and if you genuinely wear
out your batteries in 6 months,
it will not be possible to obtain a
replacement under warranty.
Never place the charger directly
above the battery being charged;
gases from the battery will corrode
and damage the charger.
Never Smoke or allow a spark
or flame in the vicinity of battery
or charger. Be extra cautious to
reduce the risk of dropping a metal
tool on to the battery. It could spark
or short circuit the battery or other
electrical parts, that may cause an
explosion. Also take off all personal
metal effects and dangling objects
when working on the battery.
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Batteries and charging
The range of your vehicle
7 Lots of start/stop driving.
8 Also thick pile carpets within the
home can affect range.
All this technical information may
seem complicated and a little
daunting, but please remember,
that the battery sizes available
on each Sunrise Medical product
should give sufficient range to cope
with the majority of customer’s
Most manufacturers of mobility
products state the range of
their vehicles either in the
sales literature or within the
Owners Manual. The range
stated sometimes differs from
manufacturer to manufacturer even
though the battery size is the same.
Sunrise Medical measure the range
of their vehicles in a consistent and
uniform manner, but variances still
occur due to motor efficiencies and
overall product load weight.
Myths and legends
Over the years, battery technology
has moved forward but,
unfortunately, some of the advice
given on battery care has not.
This has resulted in a number of
confused and at times contradictory
instructions on the ‘best’ way to
care for your batteries. This section
will help to dispel some of these
myths and legends.
1 Batteries can be charged
immediately after use. You do
not need to allow them to cool
prior to charging.
2 Mobility batteries do not develop
a memory from using a repetitive
charge and discharge cycle.
This only applies to nickel
cadmium batteries commonly
found in products such as
3 Batteries when new do not
require any special attention
with regard to their charge and
discharge cycle. Following the
relevant ‘care plan’ is the best
advice we can give.
The range figures are calculated
to I.S.O. Standard 7176. Part 4:
Wheelchair Energy Consumption
Theoretical Range
This test is carried out in controlled
conditions with new, fully charged
batteries, on a level test surface
and a user weight of 75kg. The
range figures stated should be
seen as a theoretical maximum
and could be reduced if any single,
or combination, of the following
circumstances occur:
1 User weight heavier than 75kg.
2 Batteries whose age and
condition are less than perfect.
3 The terrain is difficult e.g. very
hilly, sloping, muddy ground,
gravel, grass, snow and ice.
4 The vehicle climbs kerbs
5 The ambient temperature is very
hot or very cold.
6 Incorrect tyre pressures in one
or more tyres.
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User tips
When using a ramp, please ensure
that is capable of taking the
combined weight of the powerchair
and yourself. If a ramp is being
used to load a chair into a vehicle,
please ensure the ramp is properly
secured to the vehicle. Always
approach the ramp head-on and
exercise caution (Fig. 45).
Please show the utmost consideration
for the other traffic on the road.
Remember that the last thing a car
or lorry driver expects to see is a
wheel chair backing off the kerb
into the road. If in any doubt, do not
risk crossing the road until you are
certain that it is safe.
Always cross the road as quickly as
possible; there may be other traffic.
Adverse conditions
Please be aware that when
driving your wheelchair in adverse
conditions, e.g. on wet grass,
mud, ice, snow, or other slippery
surfaces you may experience a
reduction in the grip and traction of
your wheelchair. We recommend
you take extra precautions in these
conditions, particularly on hills
and slopes, your wheelchair could
become unstable or skid causing
possible injury. Extreme variances
in temperature may trigger the
self protect mechanism in the
control system. If this occurs the
control system will temporarily shut
down to prevent damage to the
electronics or the chair.
Fig. 43
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User tips
Transfer to and from the chair
Sunrise Medical recommend
that you consult your healthcare
professional for assistance in
developing your personal front
or side transfer technique to best
suit your needs, and avoid any
personal injury (Fig. 44 and 45).
Fig. 44
Fig. 45
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User tips
Gradients: ascents
When going uphill, keep the chair
moving. Keep the joystick pushed
well forward and steer by moving
it from side to side. If you have
stopped on a hill, then you should
start slowly, and if necessary lean
forward to obviate the tendency for
the front wheels to lift (Fig. 46).
Gradients: descents
On descents, it is important not
to let the wheelchair accelerate
beyond its normal level of ground
speed. In fact, it is safer to proceed
slowly down steep descents and
stop immediately if any anxiety
arises regarding directional
control. If the chair picks up speed,
centre the control to slow it or to
stop all forward movement, then
restart slowly and do not allow the
speed to increase. The solid state
controller has the benefit of a logic
system, that will help compensate
when driving along a camber or
up a hill. This is an added safety
feature on your wheelchair. In
addition of course, you may control
the wheelchair speed by using the
speed control (Fig. 47).
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Fig. 47
Clamp points
Transportation in vehicles
Users should not sit in the
wheelchair while riding in any
and all means of transportation.
The F40 has been crash tested to
BS 7176 Part 19. However, we do
not recommend that you transport
the F40 in a vehicle.
Only permanently installed car
seats and seat belts will offer
sufficient protection in hazardous
situations. When vehicles are in
motion, unoccupied wheelchairs
should be secured using
appropriate means.
Should you still choose to transport
the F40, please clamp the product
using a 4 Point Webbing Restraint
as per the diagram shown (Fig. 48).
Fig. 48
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Electrical connections
The wheelchair should be wiped
over once per week with a slightly
damp, not wet, cloth and any fluff
or dust that has accumulated
around the motors should be blown
or dusted away.
When inspecting electrical
connections, pay attention to the
battery connections, the connection
of batteries to power loom and plug
in sockets for the joystick, control
box and lights and indicators.
Tyre pressures
Tyre wear
If pneumatic tyres are fitted to
your wheelchair it is important to
regularly check the air pressure
and for signs of wear.
The correct pressures are between
the minimum of 137 kiloPascals
(20 psi, 1.37bar) and the maximum
241 kiloPascals (35 psi,2.41bar) for
rear wheels, and 102 kiloPascals
(15psi, 1.02 bar).
The pressure will need to vary,
depending on the weight of the
user. IT IS IMPORTANT that front
wheels are inflated to the same
pressure as a pair, and likewise the
rear. The inflator pump provides
the safest method of inflating your
wheelchair tyres and the pressure
can be checked with a standard
motor vehicle pressure gauge.
When inspecting the tyres for
signs of wear, look for significant
scuff marks, cuts and a diminished
tyre tread. Tyres will need to be
changed when the tread cannot be
seen over the complete surface of
the tyre.
Tears, dents, wearing or slackening
of upholstery particularly near to
metal could result in poor posture
or lower levels of comfort and
pressure relief.
Authorised Sunrise Medical
service agents
The annual full service must be
performed by an approved Sunrise
Medical Service Agent. For a list
of approved service agents in
your area please contact Sunrise
Medical on this telephone number:
01384 44 66 66
Do not inflate beyond the
maximum tyre pressure.
When storing your powerchair for
long periods of time (in excess of
one week), first fully charge, and
then disconnect the batteries, to
minimise battery discharge.
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Service history
This section is designed to assist you in keeping a record of any service and repairs to your Wheelchair. Should
you decide to sell or exchange your vehicle in the future, this will prove most helpful to you. Your Service Agent
will also benefit from a documented record and this manual should accompany the Wheelchair when service or
repair work is carried out. The Service Agent will complete this section and return the manual to you.
Customer Name.
Date chair purchased
Colour Postcode
Serial No.
1 2
Service dates
On/off switch
Output plug
Dynamic braking
Discharge test
Wheel nuts
1 2
Service dates
Condition of loom
Lights (where
Test run
Left turn
Right turn
Up/down slope
Over obstacles
Parking brake
(where fitted)
List items repaired/adjusted
Dealer Stamp
Dealer Stamp
Dealer Stamp
Dealer Stamp
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Maintenance chart
F40 maintenance and rouitine
Charge batteries
Check battery level indicator
Ensure all removable parts are securely fastened
Electrolyte level check (wet batteries only)
Ensure all electrical connections are made, and firm
Wipe vehicle with a damp cloth
Check tyre pressures
Ensure lights and indicators are operational and clean
Check tyres for wear
Battery terminals inspection. Clean and protect
with petroleum jelly. SAFETY MUST BE OBSERVED!
Check condition of upholstery and seating
Complete inspection, safety check and service
should be made by an authorised Sunrise Medical
To order spare parts.
1. Model of chair
2. Serial number of chair
3. Left hand or right hand control
4. Part number and description and
quantity of items required
5. State colour when ordering
upholstery or frame parts.
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Sunrise Medical
Your new wheelchair is manufactured in the West Midlands by Sunrise
Medical. With over 30 years experience, we are one of the longest
established mobility equipment manufacturers in the UK. All our Scootas,
Wheelchairs, Powerchairs and Stairlifts undergo rigorous tests to ensure
that they meet our requirements of comfort, safety and durability. Our
success is based on the strong traditions of quality, value for money and
genuinely caring for our customers.
We pride ourselves not only on designing and building the most innovative
products but also on our commitment to offer an excellent standard of
customer service both during and after sale.
In addition to your new wheelchair, Sunrise also manufacture oxygen
concentrators, nebulizers and hoists. We have a vast range of aids to daily
living which include the Merlin Bathing Range, bed accessories and walking
Should you require any information on our full range of products please call
us on 01384 44 66 88. or write to us at:
Sunrise Medical Limited
High Street, Wollaston
West Midlands. DY8 4PS.
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Sunrise Medical Limited
High Street,Wollaston,West Midlands. DY84PS,England.
Tel: (01 384 44 66 88) Fax: (01384 44 66 99)
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