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Unread 01-07-2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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My bottle jack won't go down

I had to change my tire the other day, put the jack in the wrong place (******* that I am) and extended the jack fully before noticing and know I can't get it to go the whole way down. I actually had to use the jack out of my wifes truck to change my tire as I can't get mine under the jack point as it's up to high.

I have tried fully extending it again and lowering it several times and it always gets stuck at the same point (just as the last "riser" starts to go into the base).

I have also tried yelling at it, cussing at it, beating it on the ground and throwing it across the lawn. Suprisingly none of these helped resolve the issue.

Any advice?

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Unread 01-07-2010, 12:27 PM   #2
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This has happened to me too...the only way i could get it to work properly was to use a set of pliers and turn it back and forth until it would work on its own smoothly.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 12:41 PM   #3
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If you're 'jack' remains 'up' for more than 4 hours you should consult your physician.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 12:43 PM   #4
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Get it drunk first....It'll go down!
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Unread 01-07-2010, 01:58 PM   #5
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Just a thought, but you may want to consider buying a Hi-Lift jack, rather than using the bottle jack. If you fully extended the bottle jack, it's obviously not enough. Hi-Lifts can be purchased for less than $100 and there are plenty of write-ups on the forum for mounting the jack.
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Just a thought, but you may want to consider buying a Hi-Lift jack, rather than using the bottle jack. If you fully extended the bottle jack, it's obviously not enough. Hi-Lifts can be purchased for less than $100 and there are plenty of write-ups on the forum for mounting the jack.
Not a good idea to rely only on Hi-Lift. Some tasks, like tire changing, much safer and easier to do with the bottle jack.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 02:04 PM   #7
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Not a good idea to rely only on Hi-Lift. Some tasks, like tire changing, much safer and easier to do with the bottle jack.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 02:25 PM   #8
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So you've tried pushing down on it with your hand as you turn the knob? Mine has gotten stuck once or twice but that took car of it.

By the way, the factory jack is more than tall enough for 35" tires and can handle 37" in a pinch too. The jack doesn't care what height your suspension lift is because it lifts the tire off the ground via the axle. Positioning the jack under a control arm or shock mount is all you need to do. I use it for my 35" tires and it isn't even close to being fully extended.

Don't use a Hi-Lift for changing tires, it's not the right tool nor is one needed except in the most unusual cases.
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