BRANDS WE WORK ON:
|Ascension ||Bruno ||Garaventa |
|Harnar ||Ram ||Savaria |
CORE Automotive offers:
- Wheelchair Lift Maintenance and Servicing
- Wheelchair Lift Repair
- Truck Lift-Gate Repair
- Diagnosis and Repair for all types of Lift-Gates
The chance of a wheelchair lift failure increases with every push of a button or pull of a lever, and that potential failure can lead to unfortunate consequences for wheelchair passengers, bus drivers, school districts and contracted operators. While wheelchair lift manufacturers take all possible precautions to ensure the safety of their users, everyday wear and tear as well as other unforeseen circumstances are bound to take their toll on the lift’s effectiveness.
Here are some common problems to watch out for and solutions from the experts — lift manufacturers and school bus mechanics around the nation.
Outboard Stop Flaps
Problems with wheelchair lifts are often caused by drivers operating them improperly. One of the more prominent issues is damage to stop flaps. While the damage to the flap isn’t detrimental to riders, it’s important to fix it before it leads to other problems. It’s very difficult to troubleshoot a lift over the phone when customers call, because people are assuming they’ve got a lift that’s operating normally.
To ensure the electrical system operates properly, mechanics should make sure the lift is securely grounded after installation. Most lifts today are installed by the OEMs. Whenever we hear about somebody having an intermittent problem, normally it is a ground-related issue.
Lift Springs & Hydraulics
The springs installed in the arms of wheelchair lifts can cause problems during lift operation, breaking if they’re not well taken care of. While broken lift springs may not cause harm to wheelchair users or lift operators, they can cause the lift to run less smoothly and can eventually cause leveling problems.The most effective way to extend the life of these springs is to keep them lubricated. Never use automatic transmission fluid in your lift, It may look the same, but it has completely different characteristics and will cause seal problems.
Wear and Tear
The most serious lift-related problems are with platform latching lock mechanisms. They may need to be replaced completely or need minor adjustments.
Manufacturers and mechanics agree that the easiest way to prevent serious problems from occurring is to do proper preventive maintenance on wheelchair lifts and vehicles. A key part of making sure that a lift is operating up to par every day is checking it during pre-trip inspections. Most of the time, the lift goes down the first time a driver uses it during the day. We recommend that drivers operate the lift as part of their pre-trip inspection to ensure that they catch anything wrong prior to the lift going out into service. It’s easier to fix it in a facility than it is to have people on board and have a problem when they’re out on the road.