What do you need a jack stand for? To jack up your car of course! This baby can help you change a tire, inspect brakes, and with other tasks that need you to position yourself under the vehicle. So, before visiting cultural destinations, check your car with a jack and a jack stand first!
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Here are the five things you have to remember when using a jack stand:
- Use it only to lift your car or get it off the ground. Don’t use it to hold the car in place.
- Make sure everything’s secured before you work beneath the vehicle. Otherwise, you’d be squashed.
- Use wooden wedges, metal wheel chocks, or bricks to block the car’s wheels which aren’t going to be raised.
- Never in your whole life should you change a tire on a highway or freeway.
- The vehicle should be in Park (automatic transmission) or First (manual transmission), and the parking brake should be engaged before the vehicle is jacked up.
To use a jack stand properly, simply follow the five easy steps below.
Step 1: Put the jack under the section of your car that needs to be raised. Place the jack stand near the jack.
Remember that wrongly placing the jack can damage your vehicle. To identify the proper place, refer to your car’s manual. You may also ask the service department of your car’s dealership to show you where to place the jack.
Step 2: Lift the car.
Elevate your vehicle using a jack. If you own a hydraulic jack, put the handle in the right location and start pumping up and down. If you own a scissor jack, place the wrench or rod over the nob, and begin cranking. Always use even strokes, taking the handle of the jack from its lowest point to the highest every time.
Step 3: Put the stand under your car, close to where the jack is touching it.
Lift the stand until it’s high enough to allow you to fit under the vehicle, then lock it in position. Bring down the jack until the car is securely lying on the stand.
Warning: Don’t use stones, bricks, or boxes as a substitute for a jack stand as they could slip out, break, then crash you.
Step 4: Check the vehicle.
At this juncture, you should wiggle your car a little to ensure that the jack stands are secured. Shaking it will let you know if all the wheels have been blocked entirely. After which, get rid of the jack.
Step 5: Once you’re done, put back the jack, get rid of the stands, then lower your car.
If you used a hydraulic jack, just turn the pressure release valve using the rod. If you used a scissor jack, you only have to rotate the crank in the other direction. You don’t have to worry about the labor; just let the jack do the lowering job for you.