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Lift Gate Preventative Maintenance

Most companies understand the importance of maintaining their vehicles. However, many forget to put a plan of action in place to maintain their lift gates as well. Routine inspections and maintenance keeps lift gates safely operating.

They are designed to enhance productivity in loading and unloading products from a truck.

This is very useful when a delivery needs to be made at a location where there is not a loading dock or a forklift available. In central Texas, many suppliers must use lift gates to deliver product to local retailers in cramped downtown areas like Austin. If a lift gate does not operate properly, the truck is now stuck at that location many times with the lift gate partially or fully extended hindering traffic and more!

Routine maintenance can maximize a lift gates useful life as well as create a safe working environment. Routine maintenance includes lubricating all of the necessary components as well as checking and topping off fluids. A proper Lift gate inspection is also critical. Inspections should include lifting structure, bearings, control operation, batteries, transit chain, lockout device, fold over assist, platform tilt, hydraulic hoses and fittings, lowering speed of the platform, hydraulic motor, fluids and more. Preventive maintenance intervals should be set based on the use and age of the individual lift gate.

To learn more about putting a lift gate preventive maintenance program in place or to schedule a service contact Austin Fleet Services at 737-256-7770 or email

Austin Fleet Services is a locally owned, fleet maintenance and repair company who specializes in providing mobile service to commercial fleets in central Texas. Austin Fleet Services is located at 1707 Maple Vista Drive, Unit C, Pflugerville, TX 78660. Their full service shop is equipped to handle major as well as minor repairs. Austin Fleet Services also provides overflow service and emergency roadside repair.

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