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Auto LIft Cables (wire rope) Inspection and Maintenance

Equalizing and lifting cables should be replaced every  three to five years or whenever signs of wear or damage is apparent.  You should NEVER use a lift with damaged or w0rn out cables.

All cables, whether they are for “lifting” or “equalizing,” should be maintained and well lubricated at all times.  The wire rope in any cable is only fully lubricated when each strand is lubricated, both externally and internally.  Excessive wear or unnoticed damage will shorten the life of the wire rope.  It is highly recommended that wire rope lubricant be used that will penetrate to the core of the rope so that it provides long-term lubrication between each individual strand.  We recommend a 90 weight gear oil or ALMASOL brand Wire Rope Lubricant.  To ensure the long-term condition of the cables on your lifts for both functionality and safety, the user should lubricate these cables at intervals of every 3 months during operation. 

We also recommend that all guide rollers and sheaves that come in direct contact with the wire rope be given periodic inspections for surface wear.  These components should also be lubricated to assure that they move freely.  These visual inspections should also be conducted at intervals of every 3 months during operation.  Sheave pins or axles should be lubricated with standard wheel bearing grease.  Cable sheaves and guide rollers can be lubricated with 90 weight gear oil or any heavy lubricant.  It can applied by several methods including pump, spray dispensing, by brush or swabbing.

It is recommended by the American Petroleum Institute (API) that wire rope cables be visually inspected at least once a day when in use. 

When should you replace cables?  Cables should be removed from service when you see THREE randomly distributed broken wires in one strand.  Other reasons for replacement are corrosion that causes pits in the wire rope or the cables ends.  Also, evidence of kinking, crushing and when wear exceeds 10% of the cable’s original diameter are all reasons to replace.

You may need to use an awl to dig into the wire rope’s internal strands to discover damage or wear that will not be visible from the outside of the cable.

Please DO NOT wait until your cables have either broken or stretched to the point where you can no longer adjust them to synchronize the safety locks The last thing you want is to have a cable fail while raising or lowering a vehicle.  You can well- imagine the safety hazard not the mention the embarrassment if your customer is present.



  1. i have a fenner stone P461 and need a lower roller pulley

    • Steve: I apologize. I just saw your comment from earlier. I need to know the make and model of the lift you have. The P461 is the power unit that is on your lift. If you can’t find it, we can probably match up the pulley if you can give me the outer diameter, the hole size and the size of cable you are running on the lift. Thanks, Terrie 331-442-9154

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