Choose OE Parts to Maintain Automobile Lifts Certification

 
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Once a certified lift is installed, it is up to you to maintain it properly. Installing aftermarket replacement parts on a vehicle lift can invalidate that lift’s certification, as well as put safety and lift performance at risk. For this reason, Rotary Lift recommends using only original equipment (OE) replacement parts to ensure proper fit and function on any brand of lift.

For Rotary® lifts, Genuine Rotary Parts™ are competitively priced and have been tested to meet ANSI standards. To ensure that you are buying genuine OE replacement parts, purchase them only from factory-authorized distributors and installers.

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WHAT DOES THE AUTOMOTIVE LIFT INSTITUTE (ALI) SAY?

The statement used below is directly from the Automotive Lift Institute's guidelines. You can find this same statement here - What About Replacement Parts - Will My Lift Lose Its Certified Status?

"The official written position of ALI, and the position verbally articulated in the various forums where this topic has been raised, has been and will continue to be clearly set forth in the governing American National Standard, ANSI/ALI ALOIM, which states at Section 8 "Replace worn, damaged or broken parts with parts approved by the original equipment manufacturer or with parts meeting the original equipment manufacturer specifications." Please note also that this identical language appears in ANSI/ALI ALIS at Section 6.2.6 and ANSI/ALI ALCTV at Section 11.1.6.

As to the question of OEM parts or "equal or better" parts, ALI has not and will not enter into a discussion of making such an evaluation.  The question of lift companies being out of business or of lack of parts availability or of part quality or of bringing a lift into compliance is left entirely up to the business entity qualified and willing to make such a judgment; be it the inspection company, the service provider, the manufacturer, or an independent third party. If a lift manufacturer wishes to dictate the source, adequacy, quality, or effectivity of replacement parts then that is a matter between the lift manufacturer and those wishing to provide substitute parts. ALI provides training to potential lift inspectors to try to equip that group with the knowledge, skill, ability, and experience to inspect installed automotive lifts. Service providers may decide to make parts evaluations or decline to make parts evaluations, that is a decision left to the service provider or others concerned with lift repair.

There is no practical way for a manufacturer or the Certification Body (ALI) to supervise substitute part conformity and/or the withdrawal of certification in the field.  If there is a product failure due to the use of non OEM parts then the burden will fall to the person or persons who substituted the non OEM parts on the certified lift to demonstrate that the parts meet or met the specifications required."  - Automotive Lift Institute. (2014). Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved October 24th, 2014 from: http://www.autolift.org/faq.php#11B 


Maintaining your automobile lift with OE certified parts keeps your employees safe and ensures that your lift is always functioning with parts specified for that lift. Putting your trust in aftermarket parts is risky and why risk an investment that you rely on everyday?

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