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If an electric wheelchair got wet or water on the joy stick will it damage it?

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I guess it depends on hw wet. Yes water can damage your chair especially the joystick. It can cause the circuit board in the joystick to short out. If the chair's motors get submersed in water then it can short out the motor but it will cause rust to build up in the motor case and also cause the electric brakes to seize then the chair won't move. If you got light water on the joystick wipe it off quickly and you should be ok. If the joystick comes on and you can still drive the chair then you are ok. I always tell folks to carry a plastic shopping bag in your chair in case you get caught in a shower just cover the joystick and you can still drive the chair with the bag over the joystick. Hope this helps you

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