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Lift Gate Maintenance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The efficiency and reliability of your trailer truck’s lift gate are non-negotiable. 

Yet, it’s surprising how often the critical maintenance of this essential component is overlooked, leading to operational delays, safety risks, and unexpected costs. 

This blog post delves into the common lift gate maintenance mistakes that trailer truck owners and operators make and offers practical advice on how to avoid these pitfalls, ensuring your lift gate remains in top condition.

Neglecting Regular Fluid Checks

The hydraulic system is the heart of your lift gate’s operation, relying on hydraulic fluid to function smoothly and efficiently. 

Ignoring fluid levels and leakages can lead to a complete system failure, turning a small oversight into a significant problem. 

A lift gate struggling to rise or lower is often the first sign of trouble, indicating potential fluid issues.

Maintenance Tips:

Regularly check the hydraulic fluid level and look for signs of leaks around the lift gate.

Ensure that the fluid is filled to the manufacturer’s recommended level.

If you spot any leaks or the fluid level is consistently low, investigate further to find and fix the source of the problem.

Overlooking Battery Maintenance

The battery powers your lift gate’s hydraulic system. 

Neglecting battery maintenance can lead to weak lifts or complete operational failures. 

Battery issues often stem from poor charging practices or failure to keep the battery in good health.

Maintenance Guide:

Regularly inspect the battery for corrosion and ensure the connections are clean and secure.

Employ a regular charging routine to keep the battery fully charged – this is especially important after intensive use.

Consider using a dedicated charger for the lift gate to avoid draining the vehicle’s primary battery.

Ignoring Warning Signs of Wear and Tear

Like any mechanical equipment, lift gates are prone to wear and tear, especially with frequent use. 

Common warning signs include slow movement, abnormal noises during operation, or difficulty in achieving full extension or retraction. 

These symptoms should not be dismissed as they often indicate underlying issues that could escalate if not addressed.


Conduct a visual and auditory inspection of the lift gate regularly, paying close attention to unusual sounds or movements.

Lubricate moving parts according to the manufacturer’s guidelines to reduce friction and prevent premature wear.

If you notice any issues, consult with a professional technician to diagnose and repair the problem before it becomes more severe.

Skipping on Professional Inspections

Many trailer truck owners underestimate the value of professional lift gate inspections, opting to save money by cutting corners on maintenance. 

This decision can be costly in the long run, as professionals can spot and fix issues before they escalate into major repairs or replacements.

Selecting a Service Provider:

Look for a maintenance provider with a strong reputation and extensive experience in lift gate servicing.

Ensure the service provider conducts a comprehensive inspection covering all aspects of the liftgate, including hydraulic, electrical, and mechanical components.

Regular professional inspections, ideally twice a year, can significantly extend the life of your lift gate and enhance its reliability.


Lift gate maintenance is not just about preventing breakdowns; it’s about ensuring the safety, efficiency, and reliability of your logistics operations. 

By understanding and avoiding the common maintenance mistakes outlined above, you can save time, money, and stress. 

Remember, a well-maintained lift gate is a key contributor to uninterrupted operations and satisfied customers. 

Don’t wait for the first sign of trouble; adopt a proactive maintenance routine today and keep your lift gate—and your business—moving smoothly.

Contact us today and our dedicated team will handle the maintenance of your lift gate. 

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