How to Safely Use a Car Jack

Written by: Toolsmith Direct

Using a car bottle jack to change a tire is something most car owners will come into contact with at least once during the duration of car ownership. You will need access to your car’s under carriage, which typically requires a jack to lift the car from the ground.

What Not to Do

Don’t use car jacks to hold a car in place, it is strictly for raising or lowering the car to change tires and do maintenance to the under carriage. Do not leave the wheels unblocked or your car runs the risk of rolling, which could knock it off the jack and cause serious problems for whoever happens to be working underneath. You should also avoid changing tires on a freeway, pulling off to the side wherever possible.

What to Do

Begin by parking your vehicle on the side of the road, or in a space that is safe for your to work. Feel beneath the car for the bar of your chassis and position the 3 ton floor jack so that it will raise the car from that support. Put the car in park if your transmission is automatic, and engage the parking brake. If you do not have blocks to stop your car from rolling, turn the wheel of your car so that the tires are against the curb.

Jack the car up slowly, then place stands beneath the car. Lower the jack until the car rests comfortably on the stands that you set up.

Keep Driving If Your Gas Station Is Being Refilled

If you are looking for a gas station to fill up your tank, you might be searching for the station with the cheapest prices or with easy access to get in and out quickly. But there’s another consideration that you might not have thought about before: if you see the refueling tanker at the station. It’s something that’s important to consider, because getting gas from a station which recently had its own tanks filled could mean trouble for your car.

Gas stations store their gasoline in underground tanks. Over time, massive amounts of sediment can stack up in these tanks over time. The process of refueling empty gasoline tanks can loosen and stir up this sediment and put it into the gasoline you get from the pump. Over time these sediments will sink back to the bottom of the tanks but are mostly likely to make their way through filters and into your car immediately after the underground tanks have been filled.

So if you see a large tanker filled with gasoline refueling the underground tanks at your local gas station, it’s a good idea to drive past it for a day or two until any loosened sediments have had a chance to settle to the bottom of the tanks again. You don’t want your fuel lines being clogged with that type of debris.