How to do-it-yourself instructional on safe jacking procedures using a standard bottle jack and axle stands.
OK the first thing, of course, before you lift the weight of the car up into the air: you want to break the torque on all the wheel nuts. OK so and the reason of course you want to break the torque before you lift the wheel is because otherwise itís just going to be spinning and youíre going to have to try jamming it up, people use their foot to do that which is just crazy. Go ahead and break the tension off Ė just break the tension, Iím not talking about backing these nuts off at all. Iím talking about breaking the tension.
The other thing youíll notice of course is that I spread out cardboard underneath me. Itís for kneeling on, for keeping my work area clean. Keeping myself clean, keeping my tools organized.
OK youíll notice Iím using a bottle jack instead of the jack that came with the truck. So if you have a bottle jack, by all means, you should use it. Itís probably the safest way to lift a large weight like this.
Using a bottle jack to lift an SUV   Using jack stands with a bottle jack
Every vehicle should of course have a jack in it and have a look at my film Carjacks101 where I review a whole bunch of different car jacks from different car manufacturers Ė hopefully the one thatís in your car will be covered and Iíll talk about safe placement, how to change a spare, but of course thatís another movie.
 
          
 
 
You get under the frame right here and then weíll pick her up. Close the valve. There she goes. Now youíll notice, of course that I have some clean cardboard spread out on my worksite. Thatís to protect me from the hard and cold ground, and to keep my clothes clean. And keep my worksite contained, if I have a small oil spill I can keep it contained on the cardboard. And I think youíll find that all professionals are packrats for big pieces of cardboard like this moving box that I saved.
OK. As you can see, Iím clear now. Iíll take it up a couple of more strokes and then weíll block it up. I like to use a piece of plywood for a platform and a proper axle stand. Itís the only way to go. You should never, never work on a vehicle that isnít on stands.
 
            
 
OK here we go. Iím using a piece of plywood to spread the load on. I get up as close as I can and then Iím going to put the weight onto it. Off of the jack. As you can see itís compressing the cardboard and the plywood. Now the weight is snugly on the axle stand instead of on the jack and I can take it out and use the jack to lift up the other side of the vehicle.

Loading up a jack stand, unloading a bottle jack

Again: a piece of plywood, axle stand, very nice. OK once again Iíll just take the weight off of it nice and easy. You should never go too fast. As you can see, now itís all standing up on the stands.
 The only time youíre going to want to see this thing fall, of course, is when the wheels are still on it. So right now when Iíve just lifted it up, Iíve just put it on the axlestands, I give it a shake - it doesnít look like itís going to fall off. OK have a look underneath you can see Iím just on the axle-stands but theyíre planted properly on plywood blocks and I can shake this thing [Strains] all I can Ė and Iím pretty strong Ė and itís not coming down so itís safe to take the wheels off and itís safe to work on.

Front wheel off Chevrolet Blazer 4x4

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