ArchivesOctober, 2010 | Car Lift Blog

Free Roll Around Stool with Every MaxJax Two Post Lift

October 31st, 2010

The MaxJax portable Two Post Lift by Dannmar has had tremendous popularity in the short time it’s been around.
We’ve been carrying Dannmar two post and four post lifts for about seven or eight years now, but the MaxJax car lift has only been around for about a year and a half. In that time frame, it has grown to become one of our most popular lifts. Why? That’s easy, because it meets a certain need that no other lift on the market does. It provides a home / hobby customer with all of the features and capabilities of a traditional two post lift (except the lifting height), yet it does not have to be permanently mounted to your floor. It is designed to be easily and quickly dismounted from the floor, so that you can roll it away and store it in the corner of your garage when not in use. This frees up valuable garage floor space that you don’t want cluttered up with obstructions.
One of the other reasons customers prefer this lift to other types of car lifts is when they desire the features of a two post lift, but their ceiling is not tall enough. Most two post lifts, even those made for shorter ceiling heights, are over typically over 9 feet tall. Some customers may only have an 8 foot ceiling, enough to raise a vehicle several feet to work on it, but not enough for a full rise, standard two post lift. Before the MaxJax came out, people had to get a different type of car lift, maybe a mid rise scissor lift, or a low rise pad lift. And those types of lifts don’t offer complete access to the vehicle.
Now, with the MaxJax Lift, you can have your cake and eat it too. You get a fully functioning two post lift that allows you complete access to the underside of the vehicle, will fit under a lower ceiling, and that is also portable.
This lift is currently on sale, plus, for a limited time, with the purchase of a MaxJax Two Post Lift, we are offering a Free roll around shop floor seat, so that you can comfortably service your vehicle while under it.
There has been, and will be no better time to invest in this innovative auto lift.

MaxJax Two Post Lift Rolling Shop Seat

AAPEX Product Guide

October 29th, 2010

If you’re headed to the AAPEX show in Las Vegas (November 2 – 4th) , you may want to check out their new Product Showcase Guide. For those people attending, it’s a vital resource of information on who will be attending and presenting and a source for information on the wide variety of products that will be on display for all to see. It’s full of information and details about the various manufacturers and products that make up the world of automotive equipment.

As indicated in a previous post, AAPEX is an gathering of automotive equipment manufacturers and industry leaders that meet every year in Las Vegas. It’s an opportunity to network and to see all the latest products in the automotive industry.

Many of the manufacturers that we carry will be there, showing their Auto Lifts, battery chargers, tool boxes, welders, parts washers, floor jacks, auto parts and accessories and all the innovative new cool stuff that everybody wants to see at these kind of events.

Everybody who’s anybody will be there, and now you can get a preview of who, and what will be there with this guide. It’s a huge event every year.

New Clore Automotive Vehicle Memory Saver

October 28th, 2010

Auto shop technicians and home / hobbyists who needed to disconnect the battery while servicing a vehicle in the old days didn’t have much to worry about. They could just disconnect the battery and perform their work, then reconnect the battery and you’re good to go.
Not so easy anymore. With all of the modern electronic components and accessories in today’s automobiles, you can’t disconnect the battery with such reckless abandon anymore. You risk all kinds of hazards, not the least of which is losing all of your customer’s presets on their radio.
So what can you do to prevent this from occurring? Simply hook up the new Clore Automotive Vehicle Memory Saver Connector.
Just connect the Model ESA30 cord to a hand-held Battery Jump Starter and the automobile’s OBDII port and you can preserve the vehicle codes and electronic presets while the vehicle’s battery is disconnected.
This prevents electronic memory loss when disconnecting the car’s battery. There’s even am LED that confirms you have a good connection with the auto’s OBDII port.
There is absolutely no reason you should be without one of these any longer.
No shop should be without one.

Battery Jump Starter

Biofuels Gain Further Foothold In Automotive Industry

October 27th, 2010

Whiskey is the latest Bio fuel ingredient that will be available for vehicle consumption in Europe. Scottish scientists at Edinburgh Napier University have done research in the area of bio-fuels recently and came up with a Whiskey based bio-fuel that shows promise. The fuel is actually made from the by-products of the alcohol, not the alcohol itself. Like Ethanol, it can be used in gasoline engines that do not have to be modified in any way, as long as it’s mixed at a rate of approximately 15 % with gasoline.
Many distilleries produce tons of the by-product that go in to this biofuel, so it stands to reason that this could be a cost effective answer for everybody involved.
The EU will require bio-fuels to account for 10% of fuel sales by 2020, so this is a viable option that shows true promise. Professor Martin Tangney, who is the director of the bio-fuel research team at the university said, ” While some energy companies are growing crops specifically to generate bio-fuels, we are investigating excess materials such as whiskey by-products to develop them. This is a more environmentally sustainable option and potentially offers new revenue on the back of one of Scotland’s biggest industries”.
Obviously, using by-products that would normally need to be disposed of, instead of using brand new crops allows for a much more cost effective option, that could make bio-fuels catch on more in other countries, such as in the USA.
The next time your vehicle is at the auto shop, up on a car lift, don’t be surprised to see their gas pump advertising a whiskey – based bio fuel additive.


Auto Shop Evaporative Cooling Fans

October 26th, 2010

Hot, sweaty days are murder in an auto shop. In the past, you had to throw a couple of portable fans up and just bear it. Or, if you were extremely lucky, you could have air conditioning put in , but at a prohibitive cost. There’s just been no cost effective way to beat the heat – until now.
Evaporative cooling fans have been around for several years now. You’ve seen them on the sidelines at soprting events. They truly do cool the area directly within the cone of the flow of air.
But how does it do this? basically, when water evaporates, the heat is drawn out of the air and into the moisture. So, you’re not just getting a strong flow of air that a typical fan provides, the air leaving an evaporative fan can actually be significantly cooler than the surrounding air. Up to 20 degrees cooler!
The more humid the air is, the less effective evaporative cooling fans are, but in most cases, you will notice a significant difference.
There are many different manufacturers of this type of product, and several different styles as well, but they all operate off the same premise.
Some units look like a square box with a spout coming out of the top that oscilates, and others look like a huge floor fan. Both have a water reservoir that can be manually filled or you can hook up a water hose to it.
These fans have become extremely popular over the past several years and are sure to continue to grow at a rapid pace.

The next time you’ve got a car up on the Automotive Lift, and the heat’s unbearable, look at our Evaporative cooling fans.

Evaporative Shop Cooling Fans

Waste Oil Collection and Storage Tanks

October 25th, 2010

Any auto shop has the need for oil collection methods along with storage containers. There are a wide variety of waste oil collection tanks and drains, and waste oil storage containers.
Most importantly, your shop must conform to EPA standards for waste oil storage and collection or you can face penalties. For instance, you must have a plan of procedures in place in the event a spill occurs. If you cannot stop the leak at it’s origin, you must contain the spill by placing the leaking container in another larger container, or by spreading absorbent media over the spill. Once the leak is under control, and has been cleaned up, you must dispose of the waste material properly.
If you contract someone else to clean up and / or dispose of your waste oil, you must be certain that they are disposing of it properly.
Many hydrocarbon based oils can be mixed together. These include waste motor oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and hydraulic oil.
First, you must collect the waste oil from the vehicle being serviced. There are many different types of oil drains for this purpose. A basic oil drain consists of a reservoir on caster wheels, with a long neck, and a funnel on top. This type would be used to collect waste oil by way of gravity when the automobile being serviced is up on a Car Lift. Some more intricate models will have air evacuation, which allows you to transfer the oil from the oil drain into your waste oil storage tanks. There are even oil drains with dipstick probes that allow you to run the probe down the dipstick tube, so that you don’t even need to pull the drain plug.

Oil Drain

There are also low profile oil drains for when the vehicle is up on jack stands.

Low Profile Oil Drain
Waste oil storage tanks, meant for longer term storage must meet certain criteria. First, they must be properly labeled. Then, they must have double wall construction. Other features that are a good idea would be automatic air shut off to prevent overfilling.
Smart automotive shop owners do not take shortcuts when it comes to this kind of equipment. They know that one spill could cost their shop much more than if they just took the necessary precautions beforehand.

Waste Oil Storage Tank

Vehicle Falls Off Car Lift

October 24th, 2010

What happens when a vehicle falls off a Car Lift ?

It can get ugly. From damaged to destroyed cars. Damaged car lifts. And worst case scenario, injured, or even fatally injured people. Unfortunately, it happens more frequently than you would expect.

Why? There are a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s a failure of the auto lift. Particularly with many of those “bargain” lifts out there. You can find all kinds of lift failures out there on the Internet. Usually, you will see a two post lift fail at the arms, or lift carriage. You will frequently find a four post lift fails at the area where the cross-member that supports the runways meets the column at the safety locks.

Another potential reason for automotive lift failure is improper installation. Frequently, the customer chose to install the lift themselves instead of having a professional install it, and perhaps didn’t follow the instructions properly, or failed to call the tech support line when they had questions.

Sometimes, it’s a case of the concrete floor not being adequate. Either it’s older, cracked or soft. Sometimes it just not thick enough, or a strong enough psi (hardness).

Probably the most common is user error. Many times, the user does not position the lift arms to meet the automobile’s jacking points properly. That appears to be the case with the video shown below, although we can’t be sure of the reason. It’s an in-ground lift, not the type of lift that we carry. It’s not clear on the video why the vehicle falls off, and the video does not indicate the reason.

The lesson is, always make sure to follow proper procedures when it comes to installation of the lift, and using the lift. Always read the owner’s manual that comes with the lift and follow it precisely when it comes to installation, use and maintenance. And when in doubt, call the tech support line. They will always be willing to spend as much time on the phone with you as necessary.

Bend Pak Lift Engineering

October 22nd, 2010

Excellence in Engineering
BendPak has an engineering staff of seven full time engineers who constantly design, test, and evaluate automotive lifts. BendPak lifts have evolved and changed over the course of the past 40 years not because they had to, but because they are always improving the design and structural stability of their lifts to stay ahead of the pack. At first glance, many competitor’s Auto Lifts look “engineered”, but what happens when you look a little deeper? All BendPak Lift designs are computer modeled for structural integrity and functionality and then undergo simulated axial and applied forces, bending, and much more using  top FEA programs. After the design and structural integrity is determined to be sound, they proceed with actual physical testing. How many other manufacturers are this careful about their lift designs? Answer is – not many.
There is only one true national lift standard for safety and quality  ‐ OSHA endorsed ANSI/ALI ALCTV‐2006. If you don’t see any reference to this standard when another lift manufacturer talks about their lifts, then ask yourself, “is saving a few extra dollars on a non certified lift really worth the loss in safety”? BendPak lifts do offer value, but more importantly, they offer peace of mind.

BendPak Lifts

Automotive Industry Meets at AAPEX In Las Vegas

October 20th, 2010

AAPEX is the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo. This is an annual event of industry leaders that gather in Las Vegas Nevada in early November every year. This year, the show runs November 2nd through the 4th. Attendance numbers are over 100,000 each year. Everybody who’s anybody will be there. The benefits of attending include being able to meet with key industry leaders in your field all in the same location.
Vendors that attend represent manufacturers from the Automotive Equipment supply industry.
You’ll find most of the manufacturers we deal with there – including BendPak / Ranger, Clore Automotive, Dannmar, R & D / Fountain Industries, American Forge & Foundry, Lincoln Electric, Waterloo Industries and many, many more. You’ll get to learn all about their product lines, their marketing efforts and company history.
Some industry celebrities will be there too, including Nascar driver Bill Elliott, Race Car Driver Danica Patrick, legendary professional bass fishermen Jimmy Houston and Roland Martin, NHRA race car drivers Robert Height, John Force and Mike Neff,  and many more.

And what better location the have it, but Las Vegas?  This year, it’s at the Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. See you there.

ELF-1 Smoke Machine Leak Detector

October 19th, 2010

Did you ever have an automotive system leak that you could not locate?
Of course you have. Every technician who’s been around for any length of time has.
There have been leak detectors and smoke machines before. And they’ve had varying degrees of success. But none have offered the complete package. Many were made to test only certain low pressure systems and did not have the versatility to reach a high enough pressure to test certain systems for leaks.
The RTI model ELF-1 Automotive Leak Detector is possibly the most valuable diagnostic tool you can have in your shop. What makes it so effective is the fact that you can adjust the pressure to test various systems.
Think about it. 1 psi is just not going to be enough to isolate those difficult to find oil leaks, EGR valve related leaks, air intake, cracked head & block leaks, fuel injector and head gasket leaks, fuel system, coolant system and of course, vacuum leaks.
Nothing will save your technicians more time. And we all know, time is money. This is the ultimate productivity tool.
It’s quiet. Just hook it up the the vehicle’s battery. Then hook it up to shop air. It’s quick. You’ll locate the most difficult leaks in half the time, and prevent come-backs. It’s affordable. It’s less that other machines that don’t have the same capabilities. Plus, the smoke is guaranteed to last for at least two years on one charge. Refills are available for only $78.
The smoke is extremely visible because it has a proprietary highly reflective element in it that is easily visible with the aid of a bright light.
It comes with a variety of adapters and plugs to help you adapt to different vehicle systems.
Check it out today to see what you’ve been missing.

Automotive Leak Detector