Maintenance of the tail lift
During raising and closing the only thing you should hear is the sound of the hydraulic group. Any other sound (grinding, scraping) should be carefully investigated in order to prevent serious damage. Regularly check the dust covers that protect the cylinders from stone impact and the effects of weather.
- Inspection of the information code Label and other safety-related items (centre of gravity marking, etc.).
- Verify that the control switches of the outside control and the extra control properly return to the neutral position.
- Inspect the covers of the control cabinet and the hydraulic group. Are they are still present and undamaged?
- Clean the tail lift. (Attention! During the first six weeks after the tail lift is installed it should not be cleaned with a pressure washer, because this removes the grease. After cleaning with a pressure washer it is necessary to grease all the lubrication points; see lubrication plan.)
The following maintenance of the tail lift (the platform) should be performed quarterly:
- Check the hoses and replace any that have hairline cracks; this is often a sign that the rubber sheath is drying out and becoming brittle.
- Check the filter and replace if necessary.
- Check the wiring.
- Check for oil leaks.
- Check the mechanical parts; slack in pins and bushes.
- Clean the tail lift (the platform) and lubricate it thoroughly.
The following maintenance of the tail lift should be performed annually:
- Change oil and flush the hydraulic system.
- Check the hoses for hardening and hairline cracks; replace immediately if found.
- Replace the oil filters.
- Check the electrical system, including the wiring, batteries, fuses, and contact points.
- Check the hydraulic system and replace hoses and valves if necessary.
- Check the mechanical system (play in pins and bushes).
- Lubricate the tail lift thoroughly after cleaning.