Powerdrive Liberator Repair
There was a call out today to a Powerdrive Liberator repair in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was an old curved Stairlift and our Stairlift engineer had been out to it previously. We fitted new batteries as it had not been used for some time and left switched off. Once they were fitted it was checked over and ran up and down the stairs to make sure everything was working ok.
That was 6 months ago. Today i found the reason for the Powerdrive Liberator repair. It was the roll pin which secures the seat swivel mechanism underneath the seat had sheared off. This meant disconnecting the seat from the main pcb board inside. Then completely removing the seat so the underneath could be viewed. Straight away i saw the broken roll pin so i stripped down the mechanism and took it out to the vice in the back of my van. Here i was able to knock out the broken piece.
Thankfully the pin was a lot longer than required. There was plenty showing that could be reused top fix the mechanism back in place. This was a god send as the Powerdrive Liberator curved Stairlift ceased production some years back. Parts are no longer available at all. Luckily it was only a roll pin. Had it been a non-standard part then we would have struggled to fix it.
We have the solution
Once the chair was reassembled and fitted back to the carriage it was checked to make sure it was working correctly. The swivel release spring had become tired over the years. I managed to bend it slightly to give it a bit more tension and it worked a treat.
The customer was happy we were able to complete the Powerdrive Liberator repair. He was sure it was the end of the road for this old chair lift, but as usual, we had the solution…