3 Factors to Keep in Mind When Replacing the Foot Pump Assembly on Your Lift
When you’re working with a lift table, a sudden failure of your foot pump can cause big delays. And, since lifts can present a serious workplace hazard when they’re not used properly, it’s essential to make repairs quickly on any broken parts. That includes your pump.
Things to Remember Before You Replace Your Lift’s Foot Pump Assembly
Are you ready to replace your pump assembly? Keep these three things in mind.
1. You May Be Able to Rebuild It
Normal use can wear down the components of your pump over time. The seals and bearings in this part are the most susceptible to breakage.
If your pump just needs some minor repairs, you may be able to handle the work yourself with the right rebuild kit.
Look for a complete kit that includes replacement seals, different sized bearings, and the other components you need to rebuild your part. Unless you already know a fair bit about repairing this particular piece of machinery, make sure your kit comes with a parts guide, too.
2. Size Matters When It Comes to Foot Pump Pedals
If rebuilding your pump doesn’t sound feasible—or if your parts are simply too damaged—it’s time to buy a replacement.
The size of your lift deck will determine the size of pump you need. If you don’t have the part numbers handy, you can measure your table to find out which pump will work for you.
Here’s a quick guide:
- For a 24″ x 24″ table, you’ll need an FPA.24 pump.
- For a 30″ x 30″ surface, opt for an FPA.30 pump.
- FPA.36 pumps correspond with 36″ x 36″ tables.
- If your table deck measures 48″ x 48″, you need an FPA.48 pump.
Taking a few moments to measure your lift deck will ensure you buy the right pump for the job.
3. You Must Clean the Area Before You Replace Your Pump
In order to run smoothly, your pump needs to be completely free from dirt, debris, and chemical solvents. Any foreign objects can knick or scratch your bearings, which will prevent your pump from working.
Whether you’re repairing or replacing your part, be sure to clean each component using a parts washer. Rinse everything thoroughly before replacing it in your system.
The reason cleanliness is so important is that solvents or debris can cut through the hydraulic fluid in your system. This fluid is what keeps your lift table lubricated so it can run smoothly.
Occasionally, you have to prime the hydraulic fluid after you replace your pump. Follow our quick process to get your table working again:
- Press the foot pedal and lower your table completely.
- Using a forklift or crane, lift the table up approximately 3 to 4 inches.
- Use the pedal to raise the table to full height.
- Pump the pedal a few more times to clear air out of the system.
This process allows the hydraulic fluid to lubricate the lift system so everything runs smoothly.
Buy a Top-Notch Foot Pump Assembly Today from Lange Lift
Ready to buy a new pump for your Lange Lift table? Look no further. We offer top-of-the-line replacement parts online for your convenience. Visit our store and purchase a new pump assembly today.