What are car lifts used for?
Truck lifts are currently the most common type of lift. They are used to transport a wide variety of loads, often of high weight and size. They are usually installed in vans or trucks. They take the form of a metal platform, which allows the loading and unloading of heavy goods.
They are made of durable metal alloys, which makes them resistant to potential damage. The efficiency of the equipment must be maintained by regular repairs and maintenance.
Service and maintenance
A car lift needs efficient and experienced maintenance in order to operate reliably. Regular maintenance and service is important to keep the equipment in good working order.
Car lift service should only be entrusted to experienced specialists. This will minimise service and maintenance expenses and provide us with professional equipment maintenance. We can also eliminate or significantly minimise, downtime caused by equipment failures. We can also react quickly to problems with the operation of the car lift.
What is included in the maintenance inspection of a car lift
The maintenance overhaul of the equipment includes, at a minimum:
- Assesses the condition of the frame and platform;
- Assessment of engine and brush condition;
- Checking the electrical system;
- Checking the hydraulic system;
- Overview of placards and warning stickers;
- Filter and oil change;
- Lift documentation.
When to perform car lift maintenance checks
The timing of car lift maintenance depends on the intensity and frequency of use.
Before using the car lift, check its technical condition. The movements made by the unit should be smooth and regular, both during lifting and lowering. The only source of noise should be the power unit. When the noise comes from elsewhere, report it to a professional service. Ignoring suspicious situations or faults can result in serious breakdowns of the equipment, requiring large amounts of money to repair.
Vehicle lifts and UDT
Car lifts are subject to full technical supervision. Exceptions are those whose load capacity does not exceed 250 kg. In their case, simplified technical supervision is applied. It is not necessary to report such a lift to the UDT. Lifts with a low load capacity are also not tested.
The taking up of technical supervision is preceded by an initial examination after its positive completion, the car lift is given an inspection book.
Car lifts are subject to the following reviews:
- ad hoc operational,
- ad hoc post-accident and post-failure inspections (except for lifts, which are subject to simplified technical inspection).
Periodic maintenance should be carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. They should be performed at least once a year. In order to reduce ad hoc inspections of equipment, the condition of the equipment should be monitored and maintenance and repair activities carried out.
Car lift service is not limited to maintenance and repair. It also includes support in registering equipment with the Office of Technical Inspection (UDT) and carrying out technical inspections and upgrades.
The most common defects in car lifts
The most common car lift faults are:
- Damage to controls;
- Electrical system failures;
- Oil leakage from the hydraulic system.
We can avoid these with regular servicing and maintenance of the equipment.