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Old 07-11-2005, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Help: Aluminum Low Profile Floor Jack Maintenance

searched all over the net and didnt find much....anyone have any instructions on how to change/check the seals on an aluminum racing floor jack?? mine drips oil from the piston area under operation...i will prolly have to get some more oil for it as well...is it just gear oil?? i dont have the jack in front of me right now, but iirc, it only has instructions on how to bleed air on the label itself...any help would be appreciated...thanks
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to the world of el cheapo jacks! Most places that sell jacks should be able to provide you with the oil. The place you bought the jack from should be able to provide you with repair instructions/seals *if they are available*. Unfortunately, many/most of these cheap entry-level jacks are pretty much disposable items.
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:33 PM   #3
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does not use gear oil it uses hydrolic oil . wright to the manufacture for a rebuild kit or call them. good luck
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:42 PM   #4
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thanks for the info guys....ur right about the cheapo jack thing....wut are some good name brands to look for??
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Old 07-11-2005, 05:18 PM   #5
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just go to sears and get a craftsman jack plus warranty and your good to go.

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Old 07-12-2005, 12:29 PM   #6
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thanks...anyone else???
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Old 07-12-2005, 01:04 PM   #7
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on the other hand... do we really need a $1200 jack? I don't think so.
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Old 07-12-2005, 01:42 PM   #8
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spent around $100 for the craftsman aluminum one after craftsman club discounts and sale. I think they may be even cheaper now. Bit more than the harbor freight variety but worth it for the peace of mind. The design looks identical enough that I think you may be able to get a rebuilt kit through sears
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on the other hand... do we really need a $1200 jack? I don't think so.
im not sure where u got $1200 from.... but many low profile jacks can be had for about $100-200...
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Old 07-12-2005, 05:31 PM   #10
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im not sure where u got $1200 from....
The 'real' 'racing jacks' I've seen, the ones that apparently are actually used by racing teams (not amateurs) are usually between $600 and $1200.

Here are some of the cheaper ones. The more expensive ones I've seen in paper catalogs... so no linky.
http://www.stockcarproducts.com/acc4.htm
http://vacmotorsports.com/cgi-bin/vi...weight%20Jacks


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but many low profile jacks can be had for about $100-200...
Yup, I own one of those. It has some wear issues but it was pretty cheap, so I'm not complaining. It seems that the extra money buys CNC machined stuff with better tolerances and durability.

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Old 07-12-2005, 05:45 PM   #11
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^^ i own one too...and now my seal is leaking...=(
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Old 07-12-2005, 08:14 PM   #12
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Costco sells an aluminum jack (at least they did 6 months ago), and they have a lifetime satisfaction guarantee.
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bumping to see if anyone has ever found a way to service and refurb these DIY style...
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Holy hell! A bump from 2005?? GIS is your friend....
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:58 PM   #16
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bumping to see if anyone has ever found a way to service and refurb these DIY style...
Ace Hardware and Fastenal have a bunch of random seals. Pull yours out, get the measurements and start there. Post up if you have any luck.
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there is also jack oil available at places like pep-boys which is supposed to help seal leaks (must swell the seals) - that would be relatively easy to try.
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