What Is an Electric Car Jack?

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An electric car jack is device that plugs into the 12V lighter or power socket on your car. It is used in place of a manual jack if you need to change a tire or raise your car to work on the undercarriage.

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An electric car jack uses hydraulics to raise your vehicle. As the jack's motor runs, the jack turns, raises and lifts the car. An electric jack creates less force per turn than a manual jack, but it turns at a much faster rate.


Place the electric car jack where you need to raise the car. Most cars have specific locations by each wheel where a jack should be placed. Plug the jack into a 12V lighter or power socket and turn it on. When the vehicle is at the appropriate height, turn off the jack.


Most electric car jacks have a 12-foot power cord to place the jack at any corner of the car, and will raise a 1-ton vehicle up to 14 inches.

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