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My hoveround MPV5 doesn't move. When I turn the power on, all of the battery lights come on and flash in unison. Why is it doing that?

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Scottyguy Check your freewheel levers in front of the seat and make sure they are in the drive mode. If they are check your owners manual to see if you have a lock out function for your joystick If you have a lockout then it should tell you how to get it out. Some chairs can be taken out of lockout by pressing the horn button twice as soon as you turn it on. Others use the on/off button pressing the on/off button twice and then turning it on will get it out of lockout and then others use the joystick turn the power on immediately push the joystick full forward until you hear a beep then pull fully backward till you hear another beep then release to the center. With the Hoveround I don't know if they have a lockout or not and how to get it out but the examples I gave you are the only ones I am aware of. If all else fails you can contact Hoveround @ 1-800-964-6837 and ask for tech support explain your problem and hopefully they can help Hope this helps you

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

  • a_raid67 Jan 07, 2011

    well we put it aside for 6mo now after a chg even power will not light up MPVmodel hardley used? so l can.t ck at all without power?

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