Video: How to Choose a Car Jack (3 Steps)

When it comes to auto repair, a car jack is an essential tool for your garage, whether you’re a DIYer or a pro. Follow these basic tips and learn how to choose the best car jack for your vehicle.
 

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[MUSIC PLAYING] In terms of auto repair, a car jack is an essential tool for your garage used by pros and DIY-ers alike. Wondering which one is right for you? Don't worry. You got this. First, consider the weight of the vehicle you'll be lifting. Car jacks have a maximum weight capacity. And the higher the tonnage, the more weight the jack will hold. It's a common misconception that you need to keep maximum capacity aligned with the total weight of your car. A jack is only lifting a portion of the car at any given time, and purchasing a 3 and 1/2 ton jack may not be necessary. To determine weight capacity, look up your vehicle model online, check the metal placard on your door, and consult the user manual. For your safety, jack stands are highly recommended in dealing with the weight of your vehicle. These stands keep your car at the right height and ensure the car doesn't drop in the event of a failure. Lift height or maximum lift range dictates how high you can lift your vehicle. The term ground clearance refers to how high the contact point for your jack is on your vehicle. If ground clearance is average, your vehicle should be easy to lift with most jacks on the market. For vehicles with low ground clearance, a low profile jack will work best. Finally, consider some handy features that can make the job easier. If speed is a factor, consider a dual pump or quick jack. These jacks lift significantly faster than a standard model. Floor jacks are made of steel or aluminum. While the materials are comparable in terms of strength, steel is typically more cost effective, while aluminum is lighter to carry, longer lasting, and corrosion resistant. Find a jacket that matches your needs, weight capacity, and lift height, and you'll be back on the road in no time. Don't worry. You got this.
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