There are a few special hydraulic machines used in automotive machine shops. The most common of these is the air lift. Operating on intense hydraulic pressure, the lift is able to push cars and trucks weighing between one and two tons into the air so mechanics can get underneath for repairs without getting crushed or injured. Another type of hydraulic machine in an automotive shop is the tire pressure checker and air filler system. If you have recently opened an automotive machine shop (i.e., your doors have only been opened a year or less), but your hydraulic machines seem to be having problems, here are some signs that you should definitely have them repaired right away.
Your Vehicle Lifts Move in a Jerky Motion or Slowly Slide Back Down
Jerky motions in your lifts means that something is off about the hydraulic pressure. It is quite possible that you have a leak, but the leak is is somehow blocked when the lift's cylinders move up or down. When the leak is momentarily exposed, there is a slight release in pressure that causes the lift cylinder to jerk.
On the flip side, a lift cylinder that goes up but slowly comes back down before you or your crew have released the pressure is a sure sign that there is a pressure leak. There is enough pressure present to push a vehicle in the air, but the weight of the vehicle causes an acceleration of the pressure leak, and then the lift cylinder begins to slowly drop. This is more dangerous than the jerky movement because a pressure leak of this sort is constant and can lead to a sudden release, which then drops a vehicle hard to the ground and on top of any of your crew that are standing under it at the time.
The Tire Pressure Checker and Fill Station Emits Strange Noises
Undoubtedly, a busy automotive machine shop is loud and noisy. In order to detect any unusual sounds from your tire fill station inside the shop requires that all other work sounds stop. If your tire fill station does not fill tires adequately and/or makes a hissing sound, there is a leak in pressure and your crew needs to find it. It is not nearly as dangerous as a pressure leak in your vehicle lift system, but not filling your customer's tires fully could be dangerous for them. Contact a company like Certified Products Co for more information.Share
26 October 2015