Vehicle jacks are used to lift the vehicle and/or to support large components when removing or fitting them from/into a vehicle. All jacks should be regarded as a lifting tool and NOT a supporting tool. (see How to Use a Floor Jack)
Hydraulic floor jack

Vehicle jacks are lifting tools used to raise part of a vehicle from the ground prior to removing or fitting components, or to raise heavy components into position.

A jack can be used to raise and support the appropriate part of the vehicle while changing a wheel at the roadside, but a jack must NOT be used to support the weight of the vehicle during any task which requires the technician to get underneath any part of the vehicle.

For all workshop tasks, a jack should only be used to raise the vehicle so that it can then be lowered onto suitably rated and carefully positioned stable jack stands. All jacks must always be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they are in full working order.

There are different jacks available for different purposes, including:

  • Trolley jacks
  • High lift (or farm) jacks
  • Bottle jacks
  • Air Jacks
  • Scissor Jacks
  • Fork Lift Jacks
  • Sliding bridge jacks
  • Transmission jacks

Make sure that you always use the correct type of jack with the correct weight-bearing capacity for your task.

Subpages (1): Using a Floor Jack