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My Invacare tdx5 storm wheelchair purchased from Northcott Equipment Solutions about four years ago will not go. Power is on and it will elevate and recline but in the forward drives it had an error message E100 and now E102 that says "short/open in control or motor". A friend has tried to help by checking connections an poking a small meat skewer down the reset button hole. I drove the chair to the table this morning and went to drive away and this problem occurred. Can this be fixed at home or do we need to send the chair back for repair? Thanks, Gordon Kitto on 02 69265337.

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  • gordon_kitto Jul 19, 2009

    Thank you for your advice. The chap who was with me on Saturday had to leave and so we couldn't get to look for the problem. My physical situation precludes me from doing anything myself.
    It seems a rather major task to pull the chair apart to find the offending wire and as the chair was purchased through PADP I will contact them this morning to see what they would like me to do.
    Should my friend return today where do you suggest he start in looking for the problem and could it be within the motor itself. Also why is it necessary to have a voltmeter.
    Thanks again for your help and I will be in touch. Regards, Gordon.

  • gordon_kitto Jul 19, 2009

    I think you are right however the Government Body who purchased this chair for my use have asked that I arrange repairs through a company in Albury. Should my friend come here today he may have a look at it for me.
    Thanks for your help. Gordon



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You have a loose connection and/or you have wiring that is probably grounding itself. Look for frayed wiring, broken wiring, or any loose wiring running to the motor. You will want a voltmeter/multimeter from Radio Shack to test for continuity and such but if you find anything broken or touching each other that is usually a good sign of being the problem. Let me know how this turns out.


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    Benjamin Patri Jul 19, 2009

    The voltmeter can verify where you have power running and is one of the biggest tools any electronic repair guy will use.

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    Benjamin Patri Jul 19, 2009

    Please have your friend check where I previously suggested, though you may be better sending it back to Northcott if you plan on doing that anyway as they will know everything about this chair and the problem you have. I doubt you are still under warranty but if you are, then it would be best just to have them work on it.



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