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Old 10-09-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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So I went to lift my 09 Sahara this morning to pull the tires to do the bedliner paint mod on the wheels. I've got the jack on the frame channel as close to the rear as I can get. I have the jack sitting on the garage floor on a stable surface, and run the jack all the way to the top of its travel, only to find that the wheel hasn't budged. Stock suspension, stock wheels and tires. How did Chrysler manage this?

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Old 10-09-2011, 12:24 PM   #2
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Put the jack under the axle tube, as your owner's manual directs.

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Old 10-09-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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I never have used the stock jack, but

I just put my HiLift on the sliders and lift the whole side, or

Put my electric jack/with wood block, under the shock Mt. bracket and just lift the tire an inch !!

Works every time !!

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Old 10-09-2011, 03:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I would not have thought lifting the Jeep by the axle tube would have been good practice, but it seems to be ok. I added a stand under the frame just to be sure, but I'm looking into a hi-lift today!
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:21 PM   #5
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WHOA ! don't jump on the HiLift idea--


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Thanks for the input. I would not have thought lifting the Jeep by the axle tube would have been good practice, but it seems to be ok. I added a stand under the frame just to be sure, but I'm looking into a hi-lift today!
Those are great recovery tools, but they are dangerous and take some practice/training/care and common sense !!

Untill you get someone to show you the uses of the HiLift--try to stick with jacking on the axles and don't trust the metal/metal joint---use a block/2x4 wood and stay away from the long open sections of the axle tube-

If you use the axle to jack the wheel/tire up, don't put a jackstand under the frame--that'll just slow down gravity, not defy it--

Put the jackstand under the axle you're using--thats directed safety-

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Old 10-09-2011, 04:07 PM   #6
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JIMBO - thanks for the advice. I would have thought the hi-lift to replace a scissor-jack, but I checked out some video from them and they don't seem to be using it for routine purposes - as long as it's safe operating to lift the Jeep for routine tire/wheel service with the stock jack, I'm ok with that - it sure takes up less space than the hi-lift. If you use a block or 2x4, do you put it under the base of the jack or between the axle tube and the jack top-plate? Also, why isn't the frame the best place to lift the Jeep from? I would have thought that to be the strongest point?
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:14 PM   #7
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He said not to put the stand under the frame if your jacking from the axle, put it under the axle. If you put it under the frame the suspension can still fall, since that is what you compressed lifting from the axle.
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:16 PM   #8
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I have a weathered chunk of 4x6x10 that I use for any jacking -


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JIMBO - thanks for the advice. I would have thought the hi-lift to replace a scissor-jack, but I checked out some video from them and they don't seem to be using it for routine purposes - as long as it's safe operating to lift the Jeep for routine tire/wheel service with the stock jack, I'm ok with that - it sure takes up less space than the hi-lift. If you use a block or 2x4, do you put it under the base of the jack or between the axle tube and the jack top-plate? Also, why isn't the frame the best place to lift the Jeep from? I would have thought that to be the strongest point?
The block goes between the axle/shock mount/pumpkin/LCA bkt and the jack foot, the base of the jack will seek it's own comfort zone--just be sure and keep everything in alignment--jackit up and put your jack stand under the axle, as close as you can get to the jack !!

Happy tire changiing--

I only ref'd the HiLift, cause thats what I use when I'm rotating my tires !!

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Old 10-09-2011, 04:20 PM   #9
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I use a 20T bottle jack for my rig. Its the only jack that can give me the hight need to change a tire. Only use the high lift for changing springs, or axles. Never trust a jack always put a stand under it when you get it to the hight you want it.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:21 PM   #10
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Invest in a floor jack and jack stands.. My floor jack was purchased used back in 79', and I just upgraded two of my stands..
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By far and away the safest way to get your jeep up off all fours to rotate your rubber..
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:46 AM   #12
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BTW,, I dumped the stock jack in the first week and replaced it with a good hydraulic bottle jack,,
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:08 AM   #13
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Went out last night and found a 3T floor jack with 2 3T jack stands as a package deal. I'll have to dig up a piece of heavy lumber to use as a lift block. I need to adopt the practice of using the axle tube to change/rotate wheels with stands under the tube. Thanks for the tips!
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:06 PM   #14
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Go to a construction site, and see if they will give you a cut-off from a header beam. The throw them away anyway, so they should....

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