How to use a car jack?

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No one is safe from a sudden punctured wheel. It can happen anywhere. On a street in a city, on a country road or far from crowded areas. Of course, it is much better to change a tire in tire fitting and rely on experienced specialists completely, but it is not always possible to go to a specialist. If you ever found yourself in the middle of a road with a flat tire, you understand what we are talking about. You can change the tire yourself. But for this, you first need to raise the wheel above the ground. This is easiest to do with a jack. We advise you to always have it in your trunk. Today we will tell you how to use the jack. After this simple lesson, you can change the wheel yourself at any time.

Benefits of using

Such a device is very convenient to use and has many advantages. Despite a very simple construction, it can raise a car above the ground that weighs several tons. It is very convenient when you need to change the tire for example. In long journeys on the road, the jack is simply an irreplaceable thing. Such a device is very easy to use and you can make sure of it yourself.

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Some car models have such a device in the configuration, but if your car didn’t come with it, it is very easy to choose. Most are the same in their design, differ only in how much weight they can lift. Pay attention to how much your car weighs and choose a jack that can lift such a weight.

Types of car jacks

Now there are three types of jacks – Scissor Jacks, Hydraulic Bottle Jacks, Trolley Jacks.

3 types of car jacks

Scissor Jacks. 

The easiest but very convenient option. They are very durable. They differ in carrying capacity and size. Often, just such a model is included in the vehicle equipment. But if you are going to buy such a jack, then pay attention to the dimensions and carrying capacity. They work for such a principle. The centrally located jack screw raises and lowers the scissor-shaped jack using either a tire iron or a specially designed tool.

Hydraulic Bottle Jacks. 

Such models use hydraulics to raise the car. Using the plunger builds oil pressure, which is controlled by valves, and performs the lifting and lowering actions.  They can raise up to three tons.

Trolley Jacks.

Very comfortable models as they can move. Because of this, they can be used on various surfaces. They are also convenient because they can raise cars much higher than other options. Can lift cars weighing 2 – 4 tons.

How to use a jack?

  1. Install the jack according to the rules in the specified way. If you install it incorrectly, you may damage the car. Block a wheel which you are not going to lift. Make sure that the surface on which the car is standing without bumps.
  2. Depending on which tool you are using, raise the machine slightly above the ground. Do not raise the vehicle too high. To replace the tire, you need to raise the car only a few centimeters.
  3. Make sure the car is well fixed. After all work, lower the vehicle according to which tool you are using.
  4. Install jack stands if you need to work under the car.
  5. When work is completed, use a jack to lift the car from supports. Remove them carefully and then slowly lower the vehicle to the ground.

Questions and answers

Where to install the jack?

The jack must be installed on a flat surface. This is a basic safety rule. You will lift the car above the ground. Remember that it weighs a lot of tons. You need to make sure that the soil is not soft and without slope. The car must be on the ground.

Are it safe?

Such jacks are safe and can provide lifting of various vehicles above the ground. The main thing is to use a jack that suits your car.

How to fix the car?

The jacks will not lock the car. With it  you can only raise the wheel above the ground. If you need to securely lock the car, use other devices such as Jack stands or Ramps.

Can you use one jack stand?

It all depends on what kind of work you are doing. If you need to lift only one wheel, you can use one device. But remember that it cannot provide you with maximum structural strength. If you need to crawl under the car for work, use additional coasters.

How much can a 3 ton jack lift?

Such a jack can lift a car weighing up to 4000 pounds.

Can you change a tire without a jack?

To change the tire you need to raise the car wheel above the ground. The easiest way to do this is with a jack.

As you can see, you can independently carry out all the work, but remember the safety rules. Of course, it’s better to go to the specialists, but in unforeseen situations it’s really possible to do everything yourself.

Safety first

Using a car jack, remember the safety rules. Remember that a car weighs a lot of tone. Never climb under the car if it sticks above the ground with just a jack. There are special devices that can give even more confidence that the car is confidently above the ground.

Make sure your car is on the brake before lifting it. Also do everything on a completely flat surface. It should not be soft soil, grass or sand. If the car is mechanics put it in the lowest forward gear. Lock the rear wheel if you raise the front wheel and contrariwise. And the main rule. Never do this on a busy road. Try to roll back the car to a more empty place.