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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-05-2017, 02:05 PM
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I used the included jack to teach tire changing to some boy scouts this past weekend. We changed the driver's side rear tier. The jack is your standard bottle jack that is fairly easy to use, but it has to be placed under the axle in the rear, between the transfer case and the shock absorber mount, so it requires crawling under the truck. I put the wheel chocks on the passenger side front tire, front and rear.
Recognize that I have not played with the jack. When you say "bottle jack," I tend to think of a hydraulic jack. These are usually pretty heavy, obviously these are a lighter, screw-style bottle jack that cannot leak.

I normally have been able to attach the mechanism for operating the jack to the jack and slide it under the vehicle. However, with this design of jack, probably difficult. I actually like the scissor type jacks for this reason. Usually can hook the jack with the tool and position it. I actually used the scissor jack out of my wife's Wrangler to change a lady's tire on her Camry the other day in the dark because I knew how to get it in & out in the dark, knew how to operate it, etc.

Not a big fan of a screw style bottle jack.

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post #22 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-06-2017, 07:28 PM
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There is a 2ton jack at harbor freight that will fit Nader the back seats. Plenty of lift and cheap, $29, for most of your needs.
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I used the OEM jack to take the snow-tires off and replace them with the 'summer' tires. I have a LWB Diesel Colorado with stock suspension and tire/wheel combo. The jack was 'OK' for the rear, but wouldn't lift the front tires clear of the ground (my concrete garage floor). With 1/2 inch plywood under the jack the front snow tires still weren't clear so I added a piece of 2 x 6 and it was fine. So now I carry wood ....


The dealer said something like "That jack is for changing flats and replacing them with the temporary spare, not rotating tires."


I did the job to see how the jack worked, and am glad I practiced. I do own a hydraulic roll-around jack for serious stuff.
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I agree that the jacks supplied are for emergency use only, always have been, but you have to be familiar with their use at the very least. The old bumper jacks were, to me, much more straightforward to use, so practicing with the new types is probably a good idea.

I have a 2 1/2 ton roll-around hydraulic too but it obviously for home use only.

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I agree that the jacks supplied are for emergency use only, always have been, but you have to be familiar with their use at the very least. The old bumper jacks were, to me, much more straightforward to use, so practicing with the new types is probably a good idea.

I have a 2 1/2 ton roll-around hydraulic too but it obviously for home use only.
I disagree. I think the jacks supplied to day are so much safer and easier to use than the old bumper jacks. I guess when they went from a bumper jack that had a large feature that wrapped around the bumper to the version that had a small tab that fit into a slot on the bumper, it became much simpler and a little safer.

I can't fathom an onboard jack that would not allow me to remove that tire that is full of air still, but has a nail I can see poking out of the tread. These service advisers must go to a special school for feeding BS to the customer. The spare tire, even a donut spare, should have an OD that matches the tires on the ground. I ain't saying there isn't a problem with the jack, but if there is, the engineer in charge of the jack doesn't have a clue about changing a tire on the road. I have never used an onboard jack that didn't give me at least an inch of clearance to get the replacement tire back on.

Obviously breaking the lugs loose is physically hard, but to me, the most mentally challenging parts of changing a flat are raising and lowering the spare tire with the winch and replacing the tire changing tools and jack so they don't rattle.

And yes, I have a roll around at home for major work.

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Bumper jacks suck, even with the slot in the rear bumper, i've nearly been killed several times with those bastards wanting to roll forward. You have to go up in the air way higher with a bumper jack. I haven't had a flat in years, but its way safer to jack up the rear end under the axle. I've also never had a flat on a level road, go figure.
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I agree that the jacks supplied are for emergency use only, always have been, but you have to be familiar with their use at the very least. The old bumper jacks were, to me, much more straightforward to use, so practicing with the new types is probably a good idea.

I have a 2 1/2 ton roll-around hydraulic too but it obviously for home use only.
OK, no where did I say they (bumper jacks) were safe...they were simple, one didn't even have to crawl under the car to place them.

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