The U.S. Constitution guarantees many freedoms for American citizens. We have the freedom of speech, freedom to petition, right to bear arms, etc. So technically, you have the freedom to install a vehicle lift in Columbus, GA. However, as we’ve seen in the past, just because we’re free to do something, it doesn’t mean we should.
A perfect example of this is installing a vehicle lift outside. At first, installing a vehicle lift outside seems like a great idea. It saves room in your garage and you won’t be restricted by the ceiling height. However, as sturdy as they may seem, an outdoor vehicle lift will be severely damaged by the weather. Do not install a vehicle lift outside.
Even if you live in a relatively dry climate that doesn’t experience much precipitation, water from moisture in the air can damage your lift in several ways.
- Water causes electrical damage: Wiring in any high tech system can’t withstand water damage. Any moisture that seeps into the electrical boxes can short circuit the system and ruin your vehicle lift. Damage to the internal wiring will necessitate an expensive call to an electrician or mechanic to remedy the problem you caused.
- Water rots rubber: The rubber padding on your vehicle lift isn’t meant to be outside. Over time, water will eat away at the rubber and eventually cause it to crack, and rot. If you’ve ever seen a car tire that’s been left outside, you know what we mean.
- Water rusts metal: This one should be obvious. Most of your vehicle lift is made out of metal. Any prolonged exposure to water will eventually erode the paint and rust the metal. It won’t just make the frame rusty, either. If left outside, the chains that actually lift your vehicle will rust and if it’s bad enough, can even break. Let’s hope your car isn’t on the lift when that happens.
The Sun is responsible for sustaining all life on Earth in one way or another. But, as you know, your vehicle lift isn’t alive so it doesn’t need to be outside. Just as the Sun can damage our skin, it can also cause serious damage to your vehicle lift in Columbus, GA. While the metal is impervious to Sun damage, the plastic parts of your lift will be compromised by the Sun’s powerful rays. The plastic-coated hydraulic lines will dry out faster if left in the Sun. The Sun will also break down the plastic reservoir tank. Get ready to replace those items often if you have an outside vehicle lift.
Working in extremely cold temperatures is never fun. If it’s too cold, your fingers can get numb and slow down productivity. Your vehicle lift feels the same way. If temperatures are below 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the hydraulic fluid won’t run through the lines properly and you won’t be able to lower or raise the lift arms.
What’s the point in having a vehicle lift that breaks down all the time because of weather damage? If you install a vehicle lift outside, be ready to experience major problems down the road.