What tips should I follow when using the jack?

What tips should I follow when using the jack?
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Your car has a jack and several tools that should be used when you have a flat tire. The jack has a compact, scissor-style that easily stores away in the cargo compartment, and it’s also easy to use. However, there are some important tips to follow if you ever do have to put it to use. Here’s what you should know:

Don’t use the jack on any other vehicle.
Don’t use any other jack on this vehicle.
Always ensure that the jack is on a lift point – don’t raise the car from any other location.
Don’t put anything under the jack, as this can cause stability issues.
The jack should be used only for installing the spare, or for installing tire chains.
Never use the jack when someone is in the car. All passengers should get out before lifting with the jack.
Never run the engine when using the jack.
Raise the jack only as high as necessary to remove the flat tire and install the spare.
Before lowering the car, make sure there is nothing under it.

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The jacking points for most vehicles are reinforced metal ribs specifically designed to safely lift the vehicle. On most vehicles, there are four jacking points. They`re located under the car`s rocker panels, just behind the front wheels and just ahead of the rear wheels.
If you`re using a scissor jack, simply turn the rod or wrench in the other direction (to the left) to lower the vehicle. To drop the car with a hydraulic jack, twist the long handle to the left. But do so carefully. It`s very easy to turn the handle too quickly and lower the car faster than you want to.
Before you begin the jacking process, engage the parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent unwanted movement. You`ll want to start jacking from the front of the vehicle. The front end of four-wheel-drive trucks can be raised by placing the jack under the differential.
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One of the most common reasons a jack won`t lift is incorrect fluid levels. First, remove the oil plug and look into the chamber to check the oil level. The suggested level for most floor jacks is 3/16 to a quarter above the reservoir. If you need to replenish, make sure you have the highest-grade oil possible.
Jack stands must be placed directly under the lifting point. There should be enough room at every jack point to accommodate the stand`s grip. When releasing hydraulic pressure from the floor jack, a properly rated jack stand will hold the weight of the car as long as the stand is flat.

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What tips should I follow when using the jack?
ANSWER : Your car has a jack and several tools that should be used when you have a flat tire. The jack has a compact, scissor-style that easily stores away in the cargo compartment, and it’s also easy to use. However, there are some important tips to follow if you ever do have to put it to use. Here’s what you should know:

Don’t use the jack on any other vehicle.
Don’t use any other jack on this vehicle.
Always ensure that the jack is on a lift point – don’t raise the car from any other location.
Don’t put anything under the jack, as this can cause stability issues.
The jack should be used only for installing the spare, or for installing tire chains.
Never use the jack when someone is in the car. All passengers should get out before lifting with the jack.
Never run the engine when using the jack.
Raise the jack only as high as necessary to remove the flat tire and install the spare.
Before lowering the car, make sure there is nothing under it.

Pop Sound When Jacking Up Car
ANSWER : At first glance, I wouldn’t assume you damage a CV joint during a tire change, however, if the tire blew out and was driven on for a while, that may have caused some damage. The clunking sound may have been caused by a body support mount that collapsed (although this is very rare) or the jack itself when you were lowering it. This is common with generic factory spare tire jacks.

The driver seat may be sitting low because of the different diameter of the spare tire on the passenger side, causing it to lean a bit. The best way to put your mind as ease is to contact one of our local mechanics to complete a visual inspection of where the noise took place and test drive the car for you. This way they can verify that nothing is damaged before you get back behind the wheel.

What tips should I follow when using the rearview monitor?
ANSWER : The rearview monitor on your car is an important supplemental safety system, but there are several tips and precautions you should follow when using it. Here’s what you need to know:

Never rely only on the rearview monitor. Always physically look behind and to the side of the car before backing up.
When you shift into reverse, the screen will automatically show the view from the rearview camera, but the radio will continue working.
There may be a delay between shifting into reverse and when the image is displayed on the screen. This is normal.
Strong light entering the camera can affect image quality (rear end pointing into the setting sun, for instance).
High temperatures can affect the quality of the image (this is normal).
Dirt, snow and other things can accumulate on the camera’s lens. Clean it regularly to ensure you have a clear view.
Wax should never be applied to the camera’s lens. Wipe it off immediately if it accidentally gets on it.

What tips should be followed when choosing a car seat to use?
ANSWER : When choosing a car seat, consider the followings:

Make sure the car seat is rated for your child’s height and weight.
Make sure the seat works with the required seating position (rear facing for infants, or

convertible rear to front facing for a system that grows with your child).

Make sure that any child seat you purchase complies with the US government’s requirements (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213).

What tips should be followed when using the universal garage door opener?
ANSWER : If your car is equipped with a universal garage door opener, it provides you with a convenient way to get into your garage and eliminates the need to carry a handheld remote in your car. However, there are some important tips to follow regarding this system:

Don’t program the garage door with the car in the garage – you should be outside, and the door and opener should have no obstructions.
Don’t use the garage door opener if your system does not have a safety stop and reverse feature.
Keep your old remote – you’ll need it for reprogramming.
Erase the codes stored in the garage door opener if you sell or trade in your car.
While the garage door opener can be programmed to work with a community gate, you’ll need to follow the gate manufacturer’s instructions.
If you accidentally enter Programming mode, don’t press any other buttons for several seconds. The system will automatically go back to normal.
Don’t damage your driver side sun visor – this is where the garage door opener is installed.

Our family car is a 1986 Mercedes and someone modified it with an audio jack. How do I use that to listen to music with an aux?
ANSWER : Hi there. It really depends on how this accessory was hooked up originally as to whether or not you can listen with headphones. However, without knowing exactly how they hooked this system up, or what accessory line they used, it’s hard to provide you with some good ideas on how to use the system. It would probably be best to have a professional mobile mechanic from our team come to your location and complete a car radio system inspection, so they can isolate the source of the problem and provide you with some assistance.

Jack Stand Weight Limit
ANSWER : The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the maximum operating weight of the vehicle as specified by the manufacturer. GVWR includes maximum passenger capacity, maximum cargo capacity (not including towing capacity), and a full tank of gas. While it never hurts to have tools that are "over-rated" for the job, unless you plan on lifting the vehicle while fully loaded – DON’T – 3 ton jack stands should support the vehicle just fine.

Using E-15 fuel in my car do I need to use regular unleaded fuel maybe once in awhile or is it safe to continue to use the E-15?
ANSWER : E-15 is shorthand for gasoline blended with 15% Ethanol which is a fairly corrosive material which can cause damage to rubber parts and other critical parts over time. Ethanol also attracts and bonds with water from the air, and that water can separate out inside the tank due to phase separation. If your vehicle sits for long periods between use, the moisture settles to the bottom of the tank and can potentially clog in-tank pumps and filters. Damage is also possible in fuel lines, injectors, seals, gaskets, and valve seats as well as carburetors on older engines.

The main issue with respect to E-15 in many cases is whether or not the car will be covered under warranty from damage caused by using this product. GM and Ford have certified their own cars starting with 2012 (GM) and 2013 (Ford) to be compatible with E-15 and so some of the newer cars may not have any trouble with this.

I would not recommend using this fuel on longer drives where the chances of burning through an entire tank relatively quickly are greater. This may lessen the chance of excess E-15 fuel sitting in the bottom of your tank for longer periods of time where it may be prone to causing damage as outlined above.

If you run into any issues, feel free to contact YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home or office to service your vehicle.