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One of the most frustrating things that can happen in the shop is to have the air compressor die or a lift crap out in the middle of the work day. My Challenger 4015AXO Alignment rack did just that. The good news is we have the ability to fix it and parts were available for over night freight.
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99 thoughts on “My alignment rack is broke!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ROBERT R Penny says:

    EO I would lube it no question dude.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Hamilton says:

    Hey eirc I was wondering do you guys live at the shop? It looked like your home kitchen/shop office in one kind of space when you went to go get mrs o

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ralph stevens says:

    that help me adjust my lift thanks

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mataiterapreha says:

    Yea I would've lubed it, it's a clean environment under there so no need to worry about foreign material binding to the grease and creating an abrasive paste. Well done Mr and Mrs O!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hallcrash says:

    The method you are utilizing that step ladder is not OSHA certified…

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TONY STARK says:

    Thanks for the warning to cover my eyes when you blow out all that dirt. I hate getting stuff in my eyes you're a good man !!!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sstocker31 says:

    Thanks for lubing it!!

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars athhud says:

    If you ever cared about the pocket book of the manufacturer, you won’t grease them! How are they suppose to stay in business if they can’t sell you parts that fail prematurely?

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Phương Ma says:

    If it was me , I send to machines redesign to add bearing press fit inside pulley . If later you need to change ? You don’t have to replace pulleys but replace bearing and metal sleeve only . Some engineering design to more benefit for companies to resale new parts replacement, it just like car

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hallcrash says:

    Disregarding the money you earn from YouTube… would it be less expensive to pay for the lift manufacturers service, as you work on vehicles? You probably earn more per minute than a lift technician.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tonys ToolBox says:

    I would use "Free All" on that job!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jay Stevens says:

    I definitely would have lubed them also. ANY moving part where friction is an enemy I would lube.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Perrett says:

    could use oilight bushings

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Perrett says:

    i would lube for shure

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 3madeamps #3 in nc says:

    Lube that shit

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nick Bochanesky says:

    Just like kingpins they are oil impregnated bearings, you can tell by cutting them or heating them and can see the oil bleed out, so they do not require lube. However, oil burns off in friction areas so it doesn't hurt to put some extra lube on them.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cliff Davies says:

    I now know how they work😃, lube everything metal on metal, love the diversity Eric, thanks for sharing 👍

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chuck says:

    Good video. One of the things we take for granted in a shop. Used to go over my lifts weekly, sometimes daily. Clean them up. Wipe them down. Gives you a chance to check them over.
    All hail the algorithm. Lol hope it's enough to cover the repairs.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BaggedF100 says:

    I found this vid uplifting..

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nikolay Boevski says:

    Another great video Eric. Im guessing that the bearings are self lubricating but i do not think that some quality grease would go amiss. Greetings from Bulgaria. by the way 🙂

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars New Jersey Bill says:

    If Ivan was there, he would have a GM knock sensor on each corner, 4 channel scope going, micrometers on each adjusting stud….. 🙂

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sean Slater says:

    I'm no mechanical engineer but i find it strange they went with bushings over roller bearings.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 110001010101100101010 says:

    wait is your shop at your house?

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars FJB 1024 says:

    Why in the world wouldn't you lubricate that? It's a bronze bushing against a steel pin, if you don't lubricate it the bronze will eat into the pin and…. well.. we have what we see here today. I absolutely would have lubed that and the nylon rings in between and slathered the sh't out of the pin with grease before putting it in as well. The only thing you don't want is grease in between the wheel and the cable because part of how it works is the cable digs in.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bart Goins says:

    I love that you're not afraid to attack whatever it is that needs repaired. Good job.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Basco says:

    Don't lube them, yea right I'd grease the piss out of them

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gabriel Velazquez says:

    I have a John Bean 15k and have had issues with it as well. Mine it's the cables stretching. They are junk already and only 3 years old.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cammer68 Oliver says:

    Yeah I would lube it up too! And yeah, good point that somebody said that they want the parts to wear out and service calls be generated! You’re an awesome guy dude! I think a lot of you. Love watching your videos! As someone that loves the turn wrenches on cars but yet doesn’t make a living from it I really do learn a lot from your stuff! Wish I could work in a shop with a boss as cool as you!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cappa Man says:

    All that safety on the Lyft but then you go and use a wooden ladder that stated back in the 50s that isn’t very safe,

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jake Sawatzky says:

    Do they not have government mandated inspections in the us? Every year southern Alberta hoist comes by and slaps a new inspection sticker on the hoists and services them

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stu Meat says:

    First thing I thought when I saw the bearing material…."Freightliner kingpins"

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Indiana John says:

    Percussive maintenance!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Merks69 says:

    Hello Mrs. O

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MacAaroni says:

    Awesome video, i will never own one of these probably, but sure is interesting to watch!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stevan Rose says:

    They prolly think that the plastic spacer’s are enough to stop the friction but a little ol red and tacky or some moly lube will help prevent wear and tear.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pelto Tablet says:

    Lubrication is key

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Reiss says:

    Everything is better with lube. Does it move? No= paint it, yes=grease it.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rip Vanwrinkle says:

    I think you did the right thing greasing the moving parts. My dad's old garage didn't have such complicated lifts. We had an old ram lift with I beam rails. No safety locks on it. Only ever had 1 car slip in the 30 years he owned the garage. It was less than a foot off the floor and we got to kick him in the arse for what could have been a serious accident. It was all in good fun but we all learned a lesson and never made that mistake again.

    Good to see that you have fun too. LOL. Take care and be safe out there….oh and keep the videos coming.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chuck Dykstra says:

    Yes, lube… Great job.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Teddy Mullins says:

    The bend pack lift has grease fittings this reminds me I need to grease them

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tyree says:

    So the device fails, just out of warranty? How original…
    🙄

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Spinks says:

    Lube away, the only thing that can happen is grit can get stuck in grease and cause wear, but never as much wear as no lube.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jc P says:

    If it's metal and moves, lube it, if it's metal and don't move but should, lube it. It's all about the lube. 😉

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Microns says:

    I'd grease them ,their moving part with a load on them . Only reason not to grease if theirs a dust/dirt factor involved . looks like a flaw in design. if you ask me a bearing surface is needed like a oil soaked bearing brass/bronze in stead of using a plastic/nylon bearing surface just has to be made of dissimilar material .

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Botnick says:

    The Mobil grease looks just like my old tub of Red Line synth CV grease. Good high pressure lube and probably just what the engineers spec'd and were overruled by profit-seeking execs. I.T. guy pro tip: start counting at zero, you would have used nine zip ties instead of sixteen. Those buggers are getting expensive.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gac914 says:

    King pin bushings on semis eat up pretty fast without lube. I would have done the same thing and applied that lube. I think the manufacturer is probably worried about grit being attracted by the grease, but those bushings eating themselves to death like yours did certainly spread enough grit to far outweigh what the grease would have attracted! I think you did the right thing, and the other bushings you did lube when you installed it that are doing fine I think proves that!! 👍👍

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Hartmann says:

    Some plastics can swell when exposed to lubricants, which will hasten their demise. However, considering the way things look without the lube, things demised anyway.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nicholas Perna says:

    We’ve got a Berkey too! I don’t have a lift but I like the video regardless.

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justa Hasbeen says:

    No Wilbert's for this one!

  50. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars KJ says:

    Nylon bushings used in a bearing situation are normally nylon MDS. It contains fine particles of molybdenum disulfide dispersed throughout the nylon to act as a lubricant. So, they self lubricate. But, grease will not harm them. They recommend not lubricating nylon bushings because it can attract dust and grime, which can cause premature wear. But that being said, I’d put some good grease or silicone spray on them periodically.

  51. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Phil Gerard says:

    Thanks Eric. Never had a chance to see that before. Interesting aspect of what you do.

  52. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Maj. Dude says:

    Since the cables always pull on the wheels toward the front of the rack, wearing out the back side of the pin, you can rotate the pin 90* every so often, so it doesn't wear through so much on the same side. Double the life. The wheel that is pulled directly by the ram gets more wear than the others I bet. You can rotate that high wear wheel down to even out the wear too, if you don't mind taking it all apart every so often. Great videos.