Wheel play detectors are now commonplace within MOT stations since their introduction in 2006. Lions Equipment has been supplying wheel play detectors throughout this time and we have an in-depth knowledge of their operation and workings. As a result we often receive contact from new clients who haven't managed to get their play detectors fixed by other garage equipment companies. As specialists in this field we are able to achieve first time fixes on issues others have failed to rectify.
Maintenance is required annually under the DVSA for MOT testing stations. Whilst your existing garage equipment servicing company may undertake this task within your MOT calibration and maintenance contract, we are continually finding that calibration engineers are often only carrying out a function test and not stripping down the mechanical systems of the play detectors for service and inspection as required by the manufacturer.
Failure to service your equipment properly can lead to you receiving action from the DVSA. The DVSA has recently been attended sites in London to carry out unannounced quality checks. These include your MOT management systems as well as MOT testing equipment. Issues found can result in the AEP and / or AEDM having to explain the reasons for faulty equipment being used. The DVSA will often put in place time sensitive repair / replacement requirements. This has led to an influx of callouts to rectify faulty equipment within as little 10 working days!
There are two elements to play detector systems, control and mechanical. Lions Equipment is well versed in all of the quirks and issues that the control systems have. With years of experience we can effectively diagnosis and fix any issues found. We can supply, fit and setup new control boards as well as our renowned handset controller the LE300. Mechanically speaking the play detector plates are hydraulically driven by small and powerful rams, these push, pull and twist the plates (which vehicle wheels sit on) which run on a hard wearing plastic sliders. The stripping down of the mechanical plates ensures that any hydraulic leaks can be rectified along with the replacement of wearing components like the sliders. This prolongs the life of the system and allows smooth and precise movements, allowing you the best conditions to carry out you checks whilst doing an MOT.
With the majority of MOT lifts being of the 4 post type and also now mostly ATL based, we are finding many customers are unaware of the requirement to replace the wire ropes every six years (or before if damaged).
All Lions Equipment engineers are GEA accredited and have attended and passed a specialist course on wire rope inspections.
Whilst all MOT stations should have in place a service and calibration contract on their equipment, the actual lifts themselves are some times overlooked! MOT calibration engineers are often missing the signs of worn and damaged lifting ropes. We are seeing a rising trend in the MOT ramps not getting the thorough examinations that is required within the LOLER and PUWER regulations. As a result we are finding many garages are using lifts with damaged and dangerous ropes!
Broken lifting ropes on MOT and 4 post lifts cause a huge amount of down time (let alone the possibility of endangering the life of MOT ramp operators) and inconvenience. Replacement of lifting ropes before they fail is going to ensure your MOT lift continues to work interrupted and keeps your staff safe.
Contact Lions Equipment (UK) Ltd to get a quote for lifting rope / cable replacement today!
This installation was for a private dwelling in Oxfordshire. A purpose built garage (erected along with the house), was to be used for vehicle inspection and general tinkering of the owner's classic and race cars. The lift featured is a basic service four post lift with the added benefit of the use of two hydraulic jacking beams, which allow full wheel free lifting. This aids swift wheel and tyre replacements as the complete car can be raised off of the lifting platforms.
Installation was arranged after the lift had been stored on site during the building work, hence the dust in the first part of the video.
There are a number of variations available within the four post ranges. There are benefits to using some over others, dependant of your requirements. Lions Equipment understands your needs , whether you are a hobbyist or a large franchise dealership, we will always recommend a suitable lift and be able to show you the features and benefits over the range to help you make your choice.