How-To Replace a Pneumatic Lift

How to Remove a Pneumatic Lift

The How-To series will guide you through some simple do-it-yourself tasks.

Although it’s rare, you may need to change the pneumatic lift on your chair.  If you find that the lift is leaking and slowly lowers throughout the day, the lift is old and bounces too much/sinks too much when you sit, the lift no longer adjusts at all, or it is not the appropriate size (too high or low), you should consider replacing it.

Changing a pneumatic lift is simple – there are no nuts or bolts, no glues or adhesives, only pressure. The pneumatic lift is attached to two other parts of your chair – the mechanism (metal part under the seat) and the base. And they are both pressure fitted to the lift.

Tools you’ll need:


Step 1:

Flip your chair upside down and remove the base from the lift.

The base is sitting around the pneumatic lift very tightly, so to remove it, you have to knock the lift out of the base using a hammer.

Step 1

Step 2:

Once the base has been removed from around the lift, the lift must be removed from the mechanism. Like the base, the lift is wedged into the bottom of the mechanism using pressure, and must be dislodged.

Step 3:

Then you need to hit the mechanism with a hammer or mallet *directly where or around where the lift is touching the mechanism*.

Step 3

Step 4:

You then need to install the new pneumatic lift and reassemble the chair.

Step 4

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    1. Hi Colombo,

      There is a way to get it out without using the lift off tool. You would remove the base using a rubber mallet, and then you would hit with a hammer, or a mallet, on the four corners of the mech in the area surrounding the lift, while pulling up on the gas lift a the same time. Alternatively you can contact our sales team if you are interested in purchasing the lift off tool. In the meantime, if there’s anything specific we can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by using the contact form found here:

  1. Good morning,
    I am wondering if replacement cylinders can be purchased in or around the Nanaimo, BC, Canada area. I have several ergoCentric office chairs in our probation office and several have lost the ability to stay elevated due to cylinder leaks. The serial #’s on the chairs are as follows: 448307, 448305, 448309 and 448301 if this is of assistance in determining the model purchased. The chairs were purchased several years ago as part of the Provincial Government renovation / replacement in our office.
    If cylinders are available, as well the replacement wedge identified above, I am hoping you may be able to supply me with a quote as to cost so that I may seek funding for the purchase.
    Thank you,
    Darcy Dean
    Local Manager
    Nanaimo Community Corrections

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