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Hydraulic FAQ

What type of hydraulic oil do I need to operate my lift?

Hydraulic fluid is the only recommended fluid/oil for your lift. AW 32 or AW 46 is the proper type of oil recommended by the lift manufacturer. Synthetic oil, automatic transmission fluid, and other substitutes are not recommended.

What is the best hydraulic oil for my lift?

For a complete chart of the best hydraulic oil to use for your lift, click here

How much hydraulic oil will I need?

Most two post require an average of 3-3.5 gallons of hydraulic fluid. Hydraulic fluids can typically be found at most local parts, home improvement, or tractor supply stores. Due to shipping regulations, we cannot ship hydraulic fluid.

How often do I need to change my hydraulic fluid?

Hydraulic fluid only needs to be added if there is a leak in the sealed system of the lift. Over time, extreme temperature fluctuations may create water particles to form inside the system. Milky fluid should be evacuated and changed to ensure smooth operation.

Will an unheated garage affect my hydraulic fluid?

Yes, the hydraulic oil will move slower in cold weather because of its increased viscosity.

Trick: Place a trouble light with a 25 watt incandescent bulb near the plastic reservoir prior to use (be careful the bulb is protected and does not contact the plastic reservoir, reservoir will melt). The heat generated from the bulb will "warm" the hydraulic oil and increase the performance of your lift.