Place the vehicle properly on lift using the following procedure:
- Put the transmission in neutral position, turn off ignition, close all car doors, and check for overhead obstructions such as radio aerials.
- Place adaptors or pads in the proper position under the recommended contact points.
- Check that the automatic chock devices on drive-on or runway lifts are in position before raising a vehicle. Ensure that permanent blocks are sufficient to stop a vehicle. As the lift is raised, watch the automatic chocks at the drive-on end of the lift runners to make sure they operate properly.
- Raise the lift until the vehicle's wheels are just off the floor (about 30 cm or 1 ft).
- Check again to ensure that contact pads and any adaptors are set accurately and that loads are not being placed on parts of the vehicle which might be damaged.
- Lower the vehicle and reposition the vehicle on the lift before continuing further if the contact with the vehicle is not even or if it looks as if the vehicle may slip.
- Do not bang or move the lift quickly at the top. Raise it slowly for the last 45 cm (about 1.5 feet). Banging the lift will stretch the seal bolts and allow oil to leak.
- Lock the lift with the mechanical locking device or use appropriate jack stands.
- Be aware of conditions that could cause the vehicle's centre of gravity to shift and cause the vehicle to fall. For example, before lifting a vehicle, remove a load or cargo if it can shift unexpectedly, or follow the manufacturer's recommendations for removing heavy components like engines, axles, or universals. In addition, the removal or installation of parts may cause the centre of gravity to shift and the vehicle to become unstable.