Automotive lifts are devices that make use of hydraulics to lift a vehicle off the ground. Just about every garage or auto repair center will have at least one hydraulic lift that is recessed into the floor of a service bay, and at least one portable car lift that can be utilized in another area of the facility. While the automotive lift is usually associated with auto repair facilities, there are a number of automotive lifts that are used in manufacturing environments and even around the home.
When using car lifts, please make sure that the cars engine is off, the gear stick set to neutral and that you have secured the doors of the car. Fortunately for the mechanic, all car lifts should have security measures in place to make sure that the lifts lock into place in a safe manner. When using these lifts, always make certain that there are no minor movements made by the car and always check the turdiness of the safety blocks on the lift so that everything is securely put in place.
The in-ground auto lift is the most commonly used of all automotive lifts. These often have the hydraulics below ground level, and include two ramps that allow the vehicle to be driven into place and locked. Once in place, the mechanism raises the vehicle to a height that allows the mechanic to comfortable reach sections of the automobile from the underside. Along with use in garages, these types of automotive lifts also are often found in smaller businesses that specialize in oil and filter changes.
Among the portable automobile lifts, the scissors lift is one of the most popular. Often, these car lifts also require for the vehicle to be positioned above the device by driving onto tire guides or ramps. When activated, the mechanism raises the vehicle directly upward using a configuration that resembles a pair of scissors being opened. This type of lift is generally small enough to be stored at home, and is ideal for use in quickly rotating tires or draining an oil pan.