Make sure you read and understand all instructions on your car lift placard or operations/user manual before using it.This article provides a general guideline for safely positioning trucks on two-post lifts, but make sure always to follow specific instructions provided in your owner's manuals when using any type of car lift.
Step 1: Position The Vehicle
Ready, and the area is clear of any obstructions, which includes moving the swing arms inwards/backward and out of the way.
Drive your truck to the correct position between the lift columns. Most 2-post car lifts usually have a guide/manual on how to position the car relative to the spotting dish. Ensure the truck is well-positioned at the center of the lifting podium. The lifting posts should be symmetrical on either side.
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If you have an automatic transmission, put your car in park and set the emergency brake. For manual transmissions, place the car in first gear and use wheel chocks on the rear wheels for extra safety.
Step 2: Fit In The Correct Lift Adapters
Check the adapters to make sure they have a sufficient height to make contact with the lift points simultaneously. Some trucks might require special height adapters to provide additional clearance between the lift am and the rocker panel.
Some height adaptors come with stacked pegs that plug into each other creating more height and ensuring the lift pad can stay on top to make contact with the rocker panel or the frame.
If your truck's lift points are undercoated, you might need to use a special truck adapter or frame cradle pads. Steel adapters can damage the undercoating and possibly void your trucks' rust protection warranty.
Step 3: Place the Arms under the Car's Body
Once the lift points are located, position the lift pads under their corresponding points. Make sure the lift pads are properly seated and locked before beginning to raise.
Step 4: Power up The Lifting Unit
Check for obstructions, then press the power button to raise the truck.
Double-check to determine if lift contact is even and accurate, make necessary adjustments. As the lift raises, make sure that all four arms must rise evenly and simultaneously, or else you risk damage to the car lift and your vehicle. The arms should rise at a rate of no more than two inches per second.
Once the tires are about 6 inches above the ground, stop the lift to determine that the truck is placed as evenly as possible and that the weight bias is even on both ends of the vehicle.
A quick way to do this is to try and rock the car up and down and observe how each end rocks to and fro. If the truck bounces on the pads or otherwise feels unstable, immediately lower it to the ground and reposition the pads as necessary.
Always ensure the safety locks engage click after click when lifting, and remember they will need to be disengaged as the truck is brought down.
Step 5: Raise the Car to the Desired Height
If you've ascertained that the truck sits firmly on the pads with no rocking, you can then raise the car to the desired height. Follow your owner's manual for the maximum permissible height that a truck can be raised on a two-post lift.
•Always ensure the safety locks engage click after click when lifting, and remember they will need to be disengaged as the truck is brought.
•Once you reach the desired height, lower the lift into the locked position before going under the vehicle.
Step 6: Lower The Car Back To The Ground
First, ensure there is no one and no obstructions under the car before you can lower the truck back to the ground.
Release the lift from the safety locks and slowly bring it down.
Safety Tips for Operating 2 Post Car Lifts
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when operating a two-post car lift.
•Before you begin, always ensure that the area around your vehicle is clear of obstructions and anyone who might be standing near it. While raising or lowering a truck, the last thing you want is someone walking underneath it without warning.
•Remember that two-post lifts often have a weight limit that should not be exceeded under any circumstances. Follow this specification exactly when lifting heavy vehicles onto the platform, so they don't tip over and fall.
•Remember to disengage the safety locks when raising or lowering a car when using the lift and not try to override these mechanisms. By doing so, you are defeating their purpose of safeguarding you, the vehicle, and the lift.
•Inspect the condition of your lift before use, looking for any obvious signs of wear or tear on cables, pulleys, or locks. If you notice anything that looks suspicious, stop using the lift and have it repaired by a professional technician.
•As a general rule of thumb when operating two-post car lifts: constantly monitor your vehicle's stability while in use. If you notice at any point that the truck feels unstable, lower it back down immediately and check for obstructions or if your stack adapters need repositioning.
•All the lift pads should be in contact with the designated lift points at all times. It is not uncommon for one of the pads to be slightly higher or lower than the other, so always check each pad individually. If a lift arm can be moved after a car is in the air, it means the vehicle is unevenly loaded. Lower and reposition them as needed.
•Do not use a large prybar or do anything else that might knock the vehicle off the adapters. Instead, use an impact wrench whenever you encounter tight bolts.
•Use the safety latch system once you lift the truck to the desired height. Never use a truck lift that doesn't have a functional safety latch system. For added safety, tall jack stands can be used to assist load changes while working on a lift.
•Do not exceed the lift weight capacity. Where possible, remove all loads inside, in the trunk, or in the bed of a truck to make sure the center of gravity is not be affected, and the vehicle may be safe to lift.
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