- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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.
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