How To Attach an Engine to an Engine Hoist

Attaching an engine to an engine hoist is a rather difficult task. Making sure that your engine hoist is in good working condition and is connected to the right attachment points are very good measures for a safe and smooth lifting procedure.

Read on and learn the best and safest way to attach your car’s engine to an engine hoist.

  • Gear up for the task. Part of the preparation and safety check in performing complicated tasks in a workshop is to ensure that you wear the proper protective clothing and gears such as cover-alls, face masks, steel capped shoes, rubber gloves and safety glasses, to name a few.
  • Take note of the engine’s weight. The weight capacity of the hoist’s lifting arm must be greater than that of the object that it is suppose to carry. Do not take chances. This might cause the hoist to snap and release the load in mid-air. It would not only damage the engine but it can also be a threat to the lives of the workers, yours included, who might be in the way or are unfortunately inspecting the hoist from under.
  • Position the hoist and inspect the attachments. Position the lifting end and the chain of the hoist over the engine.
    • Make sure that the lifting attachments, as well as the other accessories such as the steel cables, and bolts are in stable condition and must be free from any forms of damage such as tears and cracks.
    • Check the length of the lifting chain or sling. The sling must be in perfect condition and is long enough to be able to raise the engine at an angle not lower than forty five degrees but not exceeding ninety.
  • Attach the sling and hoist hook. Search the entire engine for its attachment points. Chain hooks and “D” shackles are ideal attachments for slings if your engine has lifting “eyes.” In some cases, you might also need to use bolts and washers to secure the attachment of the sling to the engine.
    • Make sure that you use the correct size of the spacers and bolts for the cable. 
    • Adjust the legs far enough to provide added support to the hoist. This will prevent the hoist from tipping as it pulls the entire weight of the engine.
    • Double check the attachment of the sling by slightly lifting the hoist about an inch or two. Make sure that the entire weight of the engine is effectively supported by the hooks and there must be no twists in the sling or the lifting chains.
    • Keep in mind that improperly or loosely screwed bolts and twists in the chains can cause the hoist to lose control of the engine weight and might drop it on the ground, not to mention the possible dangers of bolts and chains snapping and flying off in your work area.

As an added precautionary measure, never leave the engine or any other object suspended in the hoist for too long and be sure to inspect your engine hoist after you have finished using it. 


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