I want to get one (at least) hydraulic jack to use if I need to change a
flat in my garage or driveway. The crappy standard equipment jacks that
come in a car I just don't trust.
What is better/easier to use for changing tires (or plain lifting up the
corner of a car) - a hydraulic bottle jack or a hydraulic floor jack? I
want to be sure also that the car doesn't slip off the jack while I'm
working on the car. I know I need to also get some jack stands for safety.
You need three wheel chocks what ever jack you feel most comfortable using.
For me, a floor jack with at least a 16" lift was best.
A lot depends upon what vehicle you are lifting.
For my uses, a bottle jack just doesn't have enough lift.
There is no "one size fits all" answer.
On Sat, 26 Jan 2008 17:56:57 -0500, "Walter Cohen"
Floor jack! DO not crawl under this vehicle!! A bottle jack tends to
slip; causing the vehicle to fall...even with a floor jack.
Perform this work on a flat surface and block the tires on the ground.
Floor jack. Bottle jacks have small lift points, harder to position,
shorter lift, and no give should the car move a quarter inch or so
during the lift, all of which a floor jack makes a lot more forgiving.
Besides, there being types made for the job.
Always block the other wheels, AT LEAST the wheel kitty-corner to the
wheel you're lifting. If lifting a front wheel set the emergency brake.
Always have car in Park for changing tires, never neutral.
Jack stands not usually necessary for changing a tire but a good idea
because "stuff" does happen. Only lift as far as necessary, never more.
Never hi jack,
Agree with the floor jack and jackstands, disagree with the cheap. The
20-buck specials tend to leak down, even when almost brand new. I'm sure
most are made in China these days, but look for one that isn't visibly
leaking past the seals, and has some fit and finish to it. It shouldn't
look like a blacksmith made it out back. As to the jackstands- stuff
that can kill you is no place to cut corners. No cheap cast ones, no
spot-welded thin stamped metal ones. Nothing that shows any bare metal
that will rust, especially in joints.
I have a $20 bottle jack that I've had for 6 years without a problem.
The way the axle and differential are put together on my Jeep Cherokee
mandates some sort of jack with a small lift point. No signs of
leakage, but it gets used maybe every 6 months, at most.
That's what I was thinking too. He wants the jack for changing
flats. How many flats does anyone have in their driveway, as opposed
to elsewhere? Or how many total that it's worth getting a different
On the other hand, if you do more work on your own car, like brakes,
then a floor jack is the way to go.
I have both. For my Jeep Cherokee, when changing the font tires
(rotation) my floor jack doesn't have enough lift, so I use the bottle
jack. Those AND a pair of jack stands are what you need. They are
cheap enough in any event, and you will eventually need all of them.
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