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Why A Portable Auto Lift Is a Good Investment

Portable Auto Lift Some auto repair situations require only a portion of the vehicle being lifted up to get clearance for removing and replacing parts.  Others require lifting the entire vehicle, a task that used to require a couple of floor jacks, several jacks...

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10 Tips to Keeping a Clean and Tidy Auto Shop

Keeping your auto shop tidy begins with understanding the big picture. From garage layout ideas that acknowledge the areas that might get greasy and oily to carving out spots to stay spotless, we know auto shop organization is not only productive, it helps employees...

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Meet Mo!

Meet Mo! We would like to introduce our new mascot, Mo. He is the newest addition to our team here at Mechanic Outlet.

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The Importance of Wheel Alignment

The Importance of Wheel Alignment Improperly aligned wheel can cause excessive wear on your tires and reduce your gas mileage “Improper alignment can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 10% – about 31 cents per gallon”. When your tires are not perfectly...

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How to Properly Shim Automotive Lifts

https://youtu.be/fZd3FnR5EM0 Making sure your automotive lift is plumb is crucial to proper operation. If your automotive lift is out of plumb can create a hazardous situation and increase wear and tear on the internal operating components. This video will show you...

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How to Anchor an Automotive Lift

https://youtu.be/fXGZU8MOEs0 Once you have verified your concrete depth, cleaned the hole and squared your posts you can proceed with anchoring the posts. We want to show you how to properly anchor an automotive lift. Anchor an Automotive Lift Place the anchor in by...

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How to Check Depth of a Concrete Slab

Concrete depth is crucial for a safe and properly functioning lift install. We want to show you how to check the depth of your concrete and make sure your lift install is safe. Using a hammer drill with at least an 8" concrete/masonry bit, drill a hole through the...

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Reciprocating Compressor vs Screw Compressor

Compressed air has become a vital utility in the day-to-day operations of most companies. Businesses are well aware of the need for compressors, but there is considerable debate as to which of the two most popular types -- Reciprocating Compressor vs Screw Compressor...

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Auto Lifts: ALI Certified VS Non-Certified

What is ALI Certified? ALI is a third-party organization that began in 1945, they conduct car lift safety verification and certification on behalf of auto lift consumers. Getting an ALI Certified lift is very important to business owners and private users who want to...

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Quality Parking Lifts & the Difference in Safety Features

Let’s talk about home garage and industrial garage parking solutions. Whether you’re the owner of a public parking structure or just want to get the most storage out of your garage, BendPak has a selection of premium auto stacker parking lifts to truly maximize your...

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Auto Lift Warranty: Everything You Need to Know

Auto Lift Warranty Put your mind at ease with purchasing an auto lift that has a great warranty! Everyone wants to have a piece of mind knowing what their auto lift warranty covers and that you will have someone to help you through every step of the way, to ensure...

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Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning Systems – MVAC

Summer is upon us, add the A/C service option to your shop to help bring in more business and revenue during the summer heat. Motor vehicle air conditioning (MVAC) systems provide passenger comfort cooling for cars, trucks, buses, and rail vehicles. MVAC-like...

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6 Steps to Make Your Auto Lift Install Easier!

As you can see in the photo the installers in the photo decided to take more of a caveman, barbaric approach with their auto lift install and made it much harder for themselves in the end. We like to think we have figured out and all but mastered out to properly put...

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EVAP Leak Diagnostics

EPA back in 2009 performed a study that showed that 80% of all vehicles that were made from 2004-2010 had detectable leaks, discovered by the vehicles evaporative testing (EVAP). The test were very tedious as it ran the vehicles through a chamber and "hot soaked" and...

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