5 Secrets That Make Your QuickJack Home Car Lift Safer

5 Secrets That Make Your QuickJack Home Car Lift Safer

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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When you first bring QuickJack into your home, you’re likely to feel a wave of excitement. After all, it’s a pretty cool thing to have a portable car lift for your home garage, and many people’s first instinct is to raise and lower their vehicle several times, probably in front of a group of people. In this situation—and even when you’re working normally on your car—there are a few things we’d like you to consider, so you always use QuickJack safely. Read on to discover the five best ways to safely use QuickJack.

Immediately check locks after a vehicle is lifted

Diagram of QuickJack’s lock system

QuickJack’s locks are made up of two pieces: a steel lock block within the lock channel (where the bar travels during operation) and the lock bar, sometimes called a safety arm, which locks into the lock block. The weight of the steel arm against the steel block acts like a super-strong jack stand. Note: The curved release cam is actually not part of the lock, but it does keep the arm traveling smoothly across the lock channel.

After lifting a vehicle, never assume the locks are engaged. Perform a simple safety check: Walk around both sides of your vehicle. Check each lock is in place by gently kicking up against the safety arms. If one or both of the arms lifts, then you know the lock is not engaged. Set both locks properly before working on your car.

Don’t let the wheels touch the ground when raising and lowering a car

If your vehicle’s wheels touch the ground as you lower QuickJack, the rubber lifting blocks may fall out of alignment with your vehicle’s lift points. To prevent this, release the pendant control’s Down button just before the wheels touch down, and then go back up to re-engage the locks.

Any time a vehicle’s wheels touch down, you must reset the rubber lift blocks under the lifting points. Always double-check that the blocks are properly positioned before lifting the vehicle.

Never cycle vehicle up and down when using truck adapter set

Trucks and SUVs that are front-heavy are safe to raise and lower one time. When you continually go up and down, the truck may shift very slightly. When you lower a truck, even if the wheels don’t touch the ground, we recommend you fully lower the frames. Before lifting the truck again, check that QuickJack’s adapter pads are centered against the vehicle’s lift points.

Keep hydraulic hoses outside wheels

Before lifting a vehicle, ensure the hoses are on the outside of the car. This provides fast access to the quick-connect fittings, which can be disconnected once QuickJack is locked in place. Spreading out the hoses also prevents the hoses and fittings from being pinched. Be sure not to drive over the hoses/fittings, either. For additional hydraulic hose tips, watch the video below.

Don’t let untrained people touch the button

Whether you’re standing in your driveway or doing some promotional service for us, don’t let passers-by pick up that remote! It’s a recipe for silly mistakes, such as leaving one frame locked in place while the other descends.

Also, some people like to “play” with the pendant remote when they first use it. They might not be comfortable with the setup, so they stutter-stop the lift. That is, they press and release the Up/Down buttons, causing the car to go through rapid changes in momentum. This probably won’t harm the lift or the vehicle, but (see above tip on truck adapter sets) it’s not the best way to operate the lift.

When showing off QuickJack to your friends or simply operating it in your garage, be sure to keep these tips in mind. They will protect you, your vehicle and your car lift system. Does this article help you safely use QuickJack? Let us know!