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stupid jack

So remember when I was all thrilled with my jack purchase? Perhaps I should have checked whether or not it would fit under my car before buying it. Luckily, Sears took it back without any guff.

SO- any recommendations for a jack which fits under my car? Also, the jack I returned weighed so much I could barely carry it, so maybe something lighter?

[feel free to bash me for failing to do my homework before buying]

Old 12-09-2003, 11:20 PM
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The little half pint cheepo jacks work for me. Try Harbor Freight's web site to get an idea what to look for. Can pick them up with one hand. Well not above waist level.

Speaking of heavy tools the local Sam's Club has an engine lift with an adjustable balance beam for $190. Says it's made by GoodYear.
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yup i thought that be a problemo. i have the same problem with my jack and my (unusable) ramps. i use the stock jack to lift the car an inch or 2 to give me enough clearence to put the real jack underneath.
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agree with Hugh. sometimes they're the only ones that will fit. I used to have a larger jack that didn't fit but I was able to take the circular pad off, giving it another 3/4 inch-or-so of clearance. once I got the jack under the car, I laid a small piece of wood on top of the arm to keep from marring any surface
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I have no problems at all jacking up mine with the Halfords 2.5 tonne trolley jack.

(Maybe because I have stock suspension instead of those maxed out ricer springs that leave the car sitting on its knees.... )

Do you have Halfords in the US?
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never seen 'em here. perhaps sold under a different name
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This looks interesting:

http://norcoindustries.com/fljack.htm
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JAYSUS Hugh, go to bed

the 2-1/4 ton low profi (71240) looks good. too bad it costs so much
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Just updated the URanL.
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how long did that take? I just got back frm my friend's place studying for a French final. I'm brushing my chops as we, er... post. and then it's off to bed. btw: methinks I'm ready for another conference call
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Just slept a few hours. Worries have me wide awake. Pleasant dreams.
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Here is NORCO's low profile "racing" jack.

http://norcoindustries.com/71255.htm

This company in not far from me. Might be able to get a group buy if some of you are interested.
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I have a short profile, compact hydraulic floor jack that just misses fitting under the car by about an inch. I've found that if I lift on the bumper and pull the car up, the struts will hold that position more than long enough for me to get the jack under the car and into position. Repeat for removal.
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what's troublin' ya mate?
Want to try the chat room?
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Quote:
Originally posted by Buddy
I have a short profile, compact hydraulic floor jack that just misses fitting under the car by about an inch. I've found that if I lift on the bumper and pull the car up, the struts will hold that position more than long enough for me to get the jack under the car and into position. Repeat for removal.
that's actually pretty clever! I'll have to try that
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i have a 3 1/2 ton sears jack that goes under the sides easily.
i did get some ramps from checker/rhino/plastic and when i just had to stop some leakage around the water temp switch it was one of the easiest things i've done where i had to get the car in the air and was safe under it.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Buddy
I have a short profile, compact hydraulic floor jack that just misses fitting under the car by about an inch. I've found that if I lift on the bumper and pull the car up, the struts will hold that position more than long enough for me to get the jack under the car and into position. Repeat for removal.
You will bend them.
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bend the ramps

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