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Old 12-13-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Where do I jack jeep up from?

Just want to be safe, I bought a bottle jack because my jeep had not come with a jack and i was told to jack it up from the axle but i am unsure at what point i should jack it up from. Can somebody please post a picture or something?

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I just find a good spot on the axle tube that is fairly close to the tire that I am changing. Loosen lug nuts a little then start jackin.'

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Old 12-13-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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Do you know if its okay to jack it up from the pumpkin?
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I would only use a bigger floor jack on the pumpkin. Does your bottle have a flat top or a curve to match the axle tube?
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I have used a floor jack on the pumpkin in the rear to get the rearend up on jack stands.
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It has a flat top the size of a quarter
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:07 PM   #7
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I would just be using to change the tire quickly.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:10 PM   #8
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I would just be using to change the tire quickly.
If you look at your axle tubes, you will see what your location options are.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:12 PM   #9
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My only option is the pumpkin with the size jack i have. thats why im wondering if it would be a problem. I also think it would because the pumpkin is off centered so i cant see it being able to jack up the whole front end of the car. I could have just went and tryed but fearing that im going to break something i figured i would ask on here to see if anyone has done it.
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You're not gonna break anything......

It's not a Camry.
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You wont break anything, your concern should be the Jeep falling on you.
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X6^^^ on that lol...
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:29 PM   #13
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i would have a plate welded to the top of the bottle jack...

using the pumpkin as a jack point is standard...
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but why do you only have a bottle jack?

is getting a high lift jack out of the question?

even with the bottle jack on the axle tube i'd be concerned about it slipping off...

and that's weird for me to say since i usually have no regard for safety
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is getting a high lift jack out of the question?
With a hi lift you usually lift from the bumpers....the axle will not rise with the bumper....it will sag first....bottle jack or floor jack is better to get the axle up and get the tire off the ground.
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but why do you only have a bottle jack?

is getting a high lift jack out of the question?

even with the bottle jack on the axle tube i'd be concerned about it slipping off...

and that's weird for me to say since i usually have no regard for safety
I would use a bottle jack and jack stands for added safety. I discarded my hi-lift jack after nearly losing my left leg as a teenager when my CJ7 fell of the hi-lift. Safe to say that I am now very safety conscious when working on my rig.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:20 PM   #17
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Floor jacks are relatively cheap. Harbor freight had a 3 ton for $50 I think?
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:28 PM   #18
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Floor jacks are good but a pain to travel with.

Get a curved plat welded to the bottle jack and carry one jack stand for on the road tire changing.
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Floor jacks are good but a pain to travel with.

Get a curved plat welded to the bottle jack and carry one jack stand for on the road tire changing.
Doh didn't see the part about traveling good advice ^
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:35 PM   #20
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My only option is the pumpkin with the size jack i have. thats why im wondering if it would be a problem. I also think it would because the pumpkin is off centered so i cant see it being able to jack up the whole front end of the car. I could have just went and tryed but fearing that im going to break something i figured i would ask on here to see if anyone has done it.
The pumpkin is fine just make sure the jack doesn't put pressure on the cover. If your jack lifts high enough you can use the front pumpkin but you may need to use a 2x4 or something.
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I think im gunna return the bottle jack and get something else
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:37 PM   #22
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but why do you only have a bottle jack?

is getting a high lift jack out of the question?

even with the bottle jack on the axle tube i'd be concerned about it slipping off...

and that's weird for me to say since i usually have no regard for safety
Hi-Lift jacks are far slower, more difficult to use, and much more dangerous to use to change a tire with. In fact, I would only use my Hi-Lift to change a tire if someone had stolen my bottle jack and no one else around me had a factory jack I could borrow.

The OE (factory) bottle jack is good for changing tires up to about the 37" size. And I could probably change three tires with my OE bottle jack before someone really good with a Hi-Lift could be done changing one tire.

A Hi-Lift jack should not be thought of as needed for or even a good idea for changing a flat tire.


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I think im gunna return the bottle jack and get something else
I'd keep it but also buy & carry a replacement OE (factory) jack. They can be found used for as little as $5.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:28 PM   #23
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I think im gunna return the bottle jack and get something else
Good plan... Your safety is worth a couple extra bucks. While you're at it, make sure you have wheel chucks, and jack stands.

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Good plan... Your safety is worth a couple extra bucks. While you're at it, make sure you have wheel chucks, and jack stands.

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...so what part of a bottle jack is "unsafe?"
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #25
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The jack wound up being defective anyway the ram wouldnt go back in so the store gave money back and ill probably just order the stock jack like jerry said
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The jack wound up being defective anyway the ram wouldnt go back in so the store gave money back and ill probably just order the stock jack like jerry said
What do u mean it wouldnt go back in? I know my bottle jack only goes back in if there is pressure applied to it (and you open the little bleeder or whatever of course). It will not fully retract if I don't push it in. It doesn't drop down to its same height, like say, a floor jack will.
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Yep it is hydraulic so the ram won't go down unless it is pushed down. Just like a hydraulic shock absorber.
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Yeah nah it just wasnt going back in i took it back and they said it was defective.
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The OE (factory) bottle jack is good for changing tires up to about the 37" size. And I could probably change three tires with my OE bottle jack before someone really good with a Hi-Lift could be done changing one tire.
I think my PO must have lost and then swapped in a different bottle jack in mine.. It barely lifts my 31's and the base is so small if I'm on sand or gravel it just pushes it into the ground. Its worthless
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I think my PO must have lost and then swapped in a different bottle jack in mine.. It barely lifts my 31's and the base is so small if I'm on sand or gravel it just pushes it into the ground. Its worthless
Does yours look like this? This is the picture Jerry normally shows of the OE jack...


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