If you jack up your car incorrectly this can lead to your vehicle falling, damaging the car or even worse injuring the person working on the car so it is important to know how to do this correctly and safely.
You will need to jack up your car if you have a a flat tyre and need to change the wheel, if you plan to change your brake pads, check your exhaust yourself or any other jobs where access to the underside of the car.
Most cars come equipped with a car jack and a wheel brace but these are mainly for just changing a wheel and not recommended for work under the car.
Types of Jack
There are many different types of jack available,
Trolley jack:- More suitable for working on cars, are hydraulic and raise the car quicker than scissor jacks
Bottle jack:- Similar to trolley jacks and are quite small so are easier to store in the boot of the car
Scissor jack:- What is usually supplied with the car, are quite slow and take a lot of effort in use.
Most jacks that come with the car are designed to fix securely into specific indentations behind the front wheel and in front of the back wheel. It is important that the head of the jack does not shift when the car is being raised and lowered.
The most important thing when jacking up your car is to find a flat, solid surface to jack up your car. Avoid any Sandy, grassy, sloped and uneven surfaces and could cause the jack to sink, slip or the car to topple over.