How to Assemble a Car Jack

Written by amy moore
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There are a two main types of jacks for your car. The type that comes with your car is called a scissor jack. It's easy to store, but takes a little patience when you are jacking up you car. It is made to be stable on almost any surface. The other main type is called a hydraulic jack. This jack uses hydraulic fluid to move the jack upward under the weight of your car. It is most stable on a flat surface, making it good for use at your home or garage. Both jacks are easy to assemble and to use.

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Things you need

  • scissor jack
  • scissor jack arm
  • hydraulic jack
  • hydraulic jack arm

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    Scissor Jack Assembly

  1. 1

    Place the jack on the ground underneath the frame of the car.

  2. 2

    Slide the arm into the hole at the end of the scissor jack.

  3. 3

    Rotate the arm to the right to raise the scissor jack.

  4. 4

    Rotate the arm to the left to lower the scissor jack.

    Hydraulic Jack

  1. 1

    Place the hydraulic jack on a flat surface under the car.

  2. 2

    Insert the hydraulic jack arm into the connecting end of the hydraulic jack.

  3. 3

    Pump the arm of the jack up and down to raise the hydraulic jack.

  4. 4

    Turn the switch on the back of the hydraulic jack to release the pressure and lower the hydraulic jack.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep a jack in the boot of your car in case of emergencies.
  • Do not exceed the weight limit listed for the jack.

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