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How to Operate a Car Jack in a Right Way

If you’ve ever had a flat tyre while driving, you know that a car jack is a driver’s best friend. Or, if you’ve been fortunate enough to avoid this disaster, you may wonder what a car jack is precisely. Well, a car jack is a piece of machinery used to partly lift a car off the surface, usually to remove and replace one of its tyres. Because it is an essential part of the tyre changing process, most vehicles include a car jack in addition to the spare tyre.

The best way to prevent a flat tyre is to stay on top of your tyre pressure. Driving with a flat tyre is a significant inconvenience and having a car jack handy is the best way to solve the problem. Most vehicles include a jack in the trunk. If yours does not, you can buy one separately. Different kinds of car jacks are used for different situations. If you need to pop the trunk, you will use a different car jack than if you need to remove the tyre altogether. You can learn more about car jacks and different ways to use them by contacting a nearby mechanic.

How to Change a Tyre using a Car Jack 

If you are not aware how to jack up a car, having a jack and a spare tyre in your car won’t help you much. When changing a tyre, you’ll need to know where to put the jack, where the jack points on a vehicle are, and where to jack up the car while driving. Fortunately, the procedure is more intimidating than complex.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to jack up a car:

  1. Begin by looking for a safe place to park your vehicle. It would be best if you tried to avoid traffic as much as possible.

  2. Put your vehicle in park mode and block off a tyre in the opposite corner of the one you’re working on. That is, if you are switching the front right tyre, you should block the rear left tyre.

  3. Pinpoint your jack, which is usually hidden beneath the floor cover of your trunk, next to the spare tyre. Then, locate the jacking points on your vehicle. They are typically found just behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels. Consult your owner’s manual if you can’t find the jacking points.

  4. Place the car jack beneath the jacking point. To get the jack low enough, you may need to spin it down.

  5. Turn the jack handle clockwise calmly until the tyre you’re replacing rises off the ground. Keep the jack firmly positioned up and down while doing this to prevent it from leaning.

  6. Turn the crank counter-clockwise after changing the tyre to reduce your vehicle to the ground. Substitute the jack in your trunk, eliminate the tyre block, and you’re ready to move! 

Different Kinds of a Car Jack

Jacking up your car is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Different jacks are needed for different car sizes, and some jacks are favoured simply because they are easier to use than others.

Following are different kinds of car jacks:

  1. Scissor jack: The majority of people who have used a car jack have done so with a scissor jack, a compact, portable jack operated by a hand crank. Because of its small size and effortlessness, the scissor jack is ideal for storing alongside the spare tyre in small to mid-sized automobiles. An example of a scissor car jack is the Titan 2-Ton Scissor Jack with Handle, which is alloy steel. It weighs 2.45kg and has a lifting capacity of 2 tons. 

  1. Hydraulic car jack: There are also several types of hydraulic car jack, car jacks that use hydraulic systems to lift the car. Trolley jacks, also known as floor jacks, are large hydraulic car jack commonly used by mechanics. An example of a hydraulic jack is the Big Bull BBFT3303 3 Ton Hydraulic Floor Jack, which has a lifting capacity of 3 tons. Like the name suggests, it is a big bull, which weighs 34kg! 
  1. Bottle jacks: They are a smaller type of hydraulic car jack that are popular among truck owners due to their simple configuration and ability to lift taller, chunkier vehicles. The Fulcrum 2 Ton Hydraulic Bottle Jack FC001 has a lifting capacity of 2 tons with a weight of 2.1kgs. 

Car jacks also have different lift capacities, which are commonly distinguished as 2-ton and 3-ton jacks (referring to how much weight they bear). Pneumatic jacks, which use compressed air to produce the mechanical energy required to lift a car, are also available.

Safety Precautions while Using a Car Jack

Jacking up a car is a standard and straightforward protocol that anyone can operate independently; however, that does not make it less challenging. Thousands of pounds of metal are just waiting to fall back to earth while that car is lifted. It’s always a good idea to take necessary precautions to reduce the likelihood that your car jack will slip or your vehicle will roll off the jack.

Before you start to jack up your car, make sure it’s parked. The jack has tremendous upward force, but it won’t be able to stop your vehicle from rolling away. It would be best to use a concrete block or a plank of wood to jam your tyre to ensure it doesn’t move. Place the jam under the tyre on the opposite side of the one you’re working on. Always position the jack directly beneath the jacking point of your vehicle to prevent it from leaning. 

Conclusion

As you can see, there is a lot to know about changing a car tyre. You can’t just put a spare tyre on and hope for the best. There are times when the spare tyre is not enough and you need a new tyre. This is possible with the help of a car jack. The jack will lift the car so that you can take the tyre off and put the new one on. However, there are many different jacks, such as the hydraulic car jack. Not all jacks are suitable for all cars. We hope that this article has helped you understand how to change a car tyre using a car jack. 

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