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On a lasso-style wheel strap, make sure there is sufficient clearance between the ratchet or wheel strap metal ring and the hubcap to avoid contact. Adjusting the width of the crossbar outward will move the ratchet and ring away form the hubcap.

installed on the wheel retainers to create the added clearance for the oil pan. When backing the wheel lift crossbar under the end of a vehicle, make sure there is adequate clearance. I prefer to lower and extend the wheel lift prior to backing up to the vehicle. I extend the wheel lift to full extension and then retract it several inches so that I still have some adjustment to extend the crossbar tighter under the wheel if needed. If you are operating a wheel lift with a pivoting wheel retainer receptacle that is positioned above the height of the crossbar, you may need to adjust the crossbar wider to avoid contact. Keep the wheel lift crossbar as close to the ground as possible without dragging it on the ground. It’s better to operate wheel lift controls while outside the truck so you can watch the wheel lift and the vehicle to be towed. I avoid the temptation to operate the equipment functions with wired or wireless remote controls from inside the cab unless I have an unobstructed view of the wheel lift and vehicle to be towed.

CHASSIS SUSPECTS

Suspension components can be damaged by contact with the wheel retaining arms. Lower control arms, tie rods, and stabilizer bars may be damaged by hydraulic operated retainer arms on an autoloader wheel lift. Standard L-arm style wheel retainers must be adjusted so the short length of the L-arm does not make contact with suspension components or the vehicle body or undercarriage. Wheel or hub cap damages are often cause by the improper placement of the wheel retaining arm or ratchet and strap against wheel or hub cap. Tire and

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