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How To Use A Car Jack

How To Use A Car Jack

Use a Car Jack. Lifting a car safely using different types of jacks. Safety precautions. Now that's how you use a jack the Videojug way!

Step 1: Before you start

Knowing how to lift your car with a jack can make all the difference when you have to change a flat tyre in an emergency or when doing routine inspections underneath your. Jacks are easy to handle when used correctly and safely. Find out how to the Videojug way.

Step 2: You will need

You will need:
1 jack, usually provided by your car manufacturer. Common types are mechanical, handle operated scissor jacks, because they fold up into compact units making them easy to store. They are good to use on most ground surface types.
Alternatively you can use a hydraulic, lever operated jack. They're generally less compact, but there are smaller models available which can fit into the boot. They require an even, levelled surface and so are more suitable for home or garage use.

1 jack stand for additional safety.
1 or more wedges to secure the vehicle with.

Step 3: Locate the jack.

Jacks are commonly stored under the bonnet or under a cover in the boot along with the spare tyre.. Consult your manual if in doubt where it is.
It's good to know where it is especially, in case of an emergency.

Open the bonnet if your jack is stored there.
Find the jack. It will be held in its place with a screw. Undo the screw .... and put it in a safe place.

Often jacks come with a tool that is a combination of a spanner, designed to loosen the wheel nuts, and a crow bar to prize off the hubcaps on the wheels. Take out this tool if you need it. If not store it safely.
Now, take out the jack. Check if a handle or lever is already attached or whether it has to be fitted on. Also, see if it comes with instructions.

If the jack is stored in the boot do the following:
Release the boot with the lever in the carĀ“s interior or simply unlock it. Open the boot and clear out any to access the boot floor cover. Lift the mat. You may have to undo a lock or a screw before you can lift off the cover. Remember how to put it all back together and store the parts in a safe place. Lift the cover.
Take out the tyre and maybe use the occasion to check its general condition.
Find the jack. It may be held in its place with a screw. Remove the spare wheel entirely to have full access to the jack. Undo the screw ..... and put it in a safe place.
Now, take the jack out to start the job.

Step 4: Check the jack

Before you start, work out how to operate the jack's mechanism.
Identify the base plate, which is the part that takes the car's weight.

Start by placing the base flat on firm ground.

Read and understand the instructions on your jack. Look for information on jack points on the car's frame.
Identify the crank, ratchet or lever. A crank based model will have to be turned clockwise to raise the lever that lifts the car. If necessary, lubricate mechanical parts for a smoother use. Find the part connecting to the car's frame.
By turning the handle anti-clockwise the jack will lower.
Some models have a switch to change direction.

Hydraulic jacks have a lever that you pump up and down to raise the jack.
Make sure the jack's rated capacity equals or exceeds the weight being lifted when using a model not supplied by the car manufacturer.

You lower a hydraulic jack by loosening a valve screw.

Step 5: Secure the vehicle

Park the car on level ground away from traffic. Shift automatic cars into the parking position, shift manual cars into reverse or first gear. Engage the parking brake.
Make sure there are no people inside the car and take out any unnecessary loads.

It is extremely important to immobilize the car. Do this with a proper steel wedge, a brick, or wooden triangles that can be cut to size. The wheel which is to be wedged should be opposite or diagonal from the one being lifted.

Even the most levelled ground may still have a slant.
Check out the position of slant and pla