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Annual Car Lift Inspections

CAR LIFT INSPECTIONS MUST BE PREFORMED REGULARLY TO ENSURE SAFETY. load up the car lift with a very heavy car, raise it up and then stand under it. It is VITALLY important that you take all the precautions you can to ensure you, and your staff, is safe.

You should get your lift inspected annually by a qualified lift inspector. You can find some qualified inspectors from the lift’s manufacturer or from the Automotive Lift Institutes online database at They can inspect any style and brand of lift.

What happens during the annual car lift inspection? During the inspection, the inspector is looking to confirm that all of the lift’s components are in place and in working order. Most importantly, that your lift is SAFE. Continue reading Annual Car Lift Inspections

Outdoor Car Lifts: Can You Do It?

I was driving home from work the other day and saw this as I was stopped at a red light. An Outdoor Car Lift.
lift outdoorsIt made me sign and think of why the most common question I get asked is “Can I install my lift outside?”

People ask this for a number of reasons. They don’t have room in their shop (notice the ceiling height on the above photo), they don’t want to dedicate the space to it or they prefer to work outdoors (this is usually not the case).

Technically, the correct answer is, “You can put it outside (as in, who’s stopping you?), but should you?” Lifts are designed for indoor use, installed in a temperature-controlled environment.  Installing an Eagle lift outdoors automatically voids the warranty because it is a certainty that there will be damages to the lift caused by natural elements.

Continue reading Outdoor Car Lifts: Can You Do It?

Car Lifts: Staying Safe

The biggest danger of automotive lift operation is improper or inadequate training. Although some automotive lifts may appear to be simple to use, it’s important that owners of lifts take the time to properly train their lift operators thoroughly.

Working with a car lift can be hazardous, particularly if the vehicle falls off the lift, so all safety rules should be followed at all times. Once the lift has elevated the car; the danger of falling debris and objects increase. It is important for lift operators to wear safety glasses to protect their eyes from falling dirt and debris as well as hard hats to protect their heads from accidental bumps or falling car parts that might have loosened during the repair process.

Listed below is a general checklist of do’s and don’ts, to keep you safe, when operating your car lift.


  • Ask for training from your employer before you operate the lift for your first time.
  • When you arrive at work, do an inspection of the lift prior to your shift.
  • Make sure the lift’s locking devices engage.
  • Wear safety glasses for work done under the car.
  • Make sure the vehicle is centered and balanced on the lift as described in a service manual.
  • If the lift is of the drive-on type, be sure to use chocks behind the wheels.
  • Check ceiling clearance before raising trucks and RVs.
  • Gently check to see if the car is stable when it is at knee height.
  • Clear the area of tools and bystanders before lowering the lift.


  • Never raise a vehicle that has occupants.
  • Don’t exceed the capacity of the lift.
  • Never stand below a vehicle on a lift that does not have the locking devices engaged.
  • If vehicle support stands are used (such as in the case when an engine or transmission has been removed), do not lower the vehicle onto the support stands because this might push the car off the lift. Instead, bring the supports up to make solid contact with the vehicle once it has reached the proper height.
  • Do not try to repair a faulty lift yourself. Let your supervisor know that the lift needs attention.


At Eagle Equipment we want to make sure our consumers are following automotive lift safety rules. To ensure this our company has taken the time to make a manual to read before installing or operating the lift. Manuals can be accessed on any of our products from their product page online at We will also be sending a training DVD with the proper use of your lift when you order. The safety of you and your lift operators is very important to us!

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