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Unread 07-13-2005, 10:14 PM   #1
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Thanks For The Useless Jack

To put a cap on an awesome day I managed to get a flat tire with the help of two large nails. When I removed the spare I was pretty surprised at the size of the jack that I found. The one that came with my Honda was twice its size. After extending the jack as far as I could I didn't even have enough clearance to remove the tire. Are you kidding me? Luckily I had a friend not far from where I was who had a full size jack in his garage. I eventually changed the tire and sped off with my 1 Black Rim. AAA would have been quicker.

A friend told me he heard about inadequate jacks in Jeeps. Has anyone else heard of this or had this problem? If not, hope you enjoyed the story.

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Unread 07-13-2005, 10:18 PM   #2
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my jack works when needed, but id much rather use a floor jack.
I own a 97 Gc, though.
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Unread 07-13-2005, 10:22 PM   #3
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To put a cap on an awesome day I managed to get a flat tire with the help of two large nails. When I removed the spare I was pretty surprised at the size of the jack that I found. The one that came with my Honda was twice its size. After extending the jack as far as I could I didn't even have enough clearance to remove the tire. Are you kidding me? Luckily I had a friend not far from where I was who had a full size jack in his garage. I eventually changed the tire and sped off with my 1 Black Rim. AAA would have been quicker.

A friend told me he heard about inadequate jacks in Jeeps. Has anyone else heard of this or had this problem? If not, hope you enjoyed the story.

you were jackin it up on the axle, right?
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Unread 07-13-2005, 10:25 PM   #4
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i seen mine once ..... but i keep a small floor jack in my jeep


i dont think that there has ever been a factory jack made EVER that was worth a hoot...
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Unread 07-13-2005, 10:31 PM   #5
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the 04's came with alittle bit better sissor type jack under the drivers side rear seat. mine has the sissor jack and also came with that pitifull bottle jack in the spare tire as well but I dont have any tools to use it so It got taken out and now I have room for an air compressor in there.
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Unread 07-13-2005, 10:32 PM   #6
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You must have used it wrong b/c i dont know a jack smaller than what we get w/ our wjs and you just need to jack it at the right spot. Maybe just didnt put it in the right spot?
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Unread 07-13-2005, 10:33 PM   #7
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It's a POS but it works, I rotated the tires with it once.
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Unread 07-13-2005, 10:56 PM   #8
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It's a POS but it works, I rotated the tires with it once.
With a single bottle jack? I am impressed.
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Unread 07-13-2005, 11:16 PM   #9
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I had a flat with my 98 GC out in the middle of nowhere, and the jack sucked, but it did work, there are easer ways of jacking up a car, I don't like the idea of having to literly climb under the car to put the jack under the axel, the old Toyota celica I used to have had a sizzer jack, and you could slap it under the side of the body, and up she went ...so much easer
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Unread 07-14-2005, 12:09 AM   #10
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The bottle jack worked just fine for me and I actually prefer it because I don't loose any space with it, if I had a bigger floor jack I'd loose space somewhere to store it.

I swapped out this flat tire with my bottle jack:



I had no problems, jack worked well and did the job, just put the extensions on and used them to push the jack under the axle. Replaced the flat with my full size spare with matching rim, got the flat fixed the next day.

I wouldn't want to rotate my tires with a bottle jack but that's not really what it's for....
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Unread 07-14-2005, 12:38 AM   #11
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I had to work on the brakes on my wife's durango while we were in FL 3 weeks ago and I stopped at an AutoZone and picked up one of those small 2 ton floor jacks for like $10. It's really small and now fits in my 15 gallon rubermaid container that I keep my Jeep survival crap in, in the back; if you have a place to put it, which I did, I would highly recommend it. It even has a little handle to carry it with and everything.

I was really suprised at how small it really was, next to my 3 ton it looks like a toy or something, but it does work, I've used it a couple time already.

Here's a link, I think this is the one Jack
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Unread 07-14-2005, 09:24 AM   #12
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Can't beat the price.

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Unread 07-14-2005, 12:04 PM   #13
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On mine, there's an arrow indicator on the unibody frame just in front of the rear tire and just behind the front tire that (I thought) indicates where the jack is supposed to make contact.

Is that not what the arrow is for? Perhaps the design changed from my 2000 model?

I've likewise been using the $10 floor jack to this point but if I'm out somewhere or with the boat, I'll be using the OEM unit.

Anyone with experience on using the OEM unit on a 2000 or 1999?
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Unread 07-14-2005, 12:48 PM   #14
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the one that came with my 94zj worked fine when I needed it
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Unread 08-02-2009, 04:35 PM   #15
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i can lift mine up with the factory jack but it takes for ever. So i just went to Wall Mart and got a nice bottle jack for about $15
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