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Dropping a car on yourself is dangerous, but if used properly the jack is perfectly safe. make sure you place it under part of the frame, not the bumper or something not solid

Posted on Jan 16, 2013

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I have a 8287 series, when I was lifting the jacks a role pin fell out of somewhere and now the passenger side jack will not move up or down, we're was that role pin located so I can fix this


Hello Doug...

No hits on "8287" as a meaningful jack "IDENTITY".

Just a guess here... but if you want to get that jack out... you'd be wise to get a block of wood... a jack stand... and relieve the DISABLED jack... by jacking higher (installment plan).

Stuck jacks can be quite dangerous...
Get it out of there... Then (and ONLY then)

Look to the handle linkage... for your "roll-pin"...

You will be proud


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Aug 23, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Where is the best place to put jack stands if I'm jacking up the front driver side


The intent of a jack stand is to provide safe solid support for the vehicle while you are performing work on it. Going under a supported vehicle at any time can be dangerous.
- I was taught to place jack stands under a frame or unibody support point, and NEVER under a suspension component that could move independently from the frame.
- Block wheels that are in contact with the ground to prevent the vehicle from moving forwards or backwards.
THE PARKING BRAKE OR GEARSHIFT "P" ARE NOT ADEQUATE.
- LOWER THE VEHICLE SO THAT ITS WEIGHT IS GRADUALLY APPLIED TO THE JACK STAND.
- WITH THE JACK STILL IN PLACE, GENTLY NUDGE THE VEHICLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE JACK STAND IS SECURELY HOLDING THE WEIGHT.
- When using jack stands, the vehicle should be on a level surface, and evenly supported by jack stands of the appropriate size for the load being supported.

Apr 09, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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How do you replace front. Shocks on a 97 mercury sable


Mercury Sables have struts in the front. This can be a very dangerous job. The car needs to be supported with jack stands. Removal of the strut can be dangerous when the spring is removed. Unless you are a competent mechanic i would not recommend this project.

May 19, 2014 | 2006 Nissan Frontier

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While changing the left front tire, my car fell off the jack and now there is a loud grinding noise coming from that tire. What could that noise be?


next time use jack stands. very bad using only a jack for anything.
take it to a mech, and get it fixed , you busted the brakes.
its dangerous to drive too.
if DIY guy, with tools, then you can do this.
spin the rotor (use jack stands and not get killed)
does the rotor wobble , bingo , new rotor time
is it making noise, bingo you bent the backing place, rebend it back.

Dec 01, 2013 | 1991 Honda Accord

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I have a purring /grinding noise coming from the rear I think...I changed the tires and it is still there...


car moving only noise?????
you need hands on help, no body here can guess this.

did you try to get it to make noise on jack stands ?
danger, keep kids and others away doing that and point car in safe direction,,, that is why i say get help ,see, its dangerous to test
a car with a rotating drive line, on stands. (but is effective)
take car to a brake shop or suspension shop, and ask for help

Oct 03, 2013 | Acura TL Cars & Trucks

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Wont shift out of 4wd


If rear end is up in the air only. And it turns. Then know its not in four wheel drive. If u put the rear end up on jacks and leave the front end on the ground and then put it in four wheel drive its going to pull the truck off the jacks Danger. Does the truck try to come of of the jacks. If yes then its in four wheel drive. Should also be a lite on the dash. Saying 4 wd

Jun 13, 2012 | 2000 Ford Explorer

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How can i remove the rear shock from coilspring without jaguar tool


Go to your local auto parts store and ask for a mobile spring compressor

Mar 10, 2011 | Jaguar XJ6 Cars & Trucks

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How to install upper ball joint


  1. jack up car -remove tire
  2. support car on stands
  3. put jack under lower control arm with a little pressure
  4. remove carterpin-remove castle nut on top ball joint
  5. let jack down but dont remove yet!
  6. if the ball jiont didnt seperate from spindle pry or hit with hammer or you can get balljiont seperater tool
  7. after get loose go ahead let jack on down - very slow - spring under pressure dangerous but if let jack down easy it will be fine
  8. if ball joint has rivets grind or cut off w/air chesil the rivets ;new will have bolts.
  9. after balljoint is on just replace in reverse order.
  10. (just jack up lower control arm til top balljoint is in place)

Nov 12, 2010 | 1989 Mercury Cougar

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Hi, Can tell me the best way to change the rear coil springs on my 1998 nissan patrol. Regards Barry


Hey Barry,
The springs you speak of can kill you. Please - do not attempt this without some there to assist you if something goes wrong.
If you're determined then - where you buy your springs - will most likely rent you a pair of spring compressors. These are not easy to use the first time and if they happen to come loose at any time - this is where you can get killed.
Still if you insist:
1- jack the car up and block it up with jack stands - using the recommended body jack points.
2- remove the wheels
3- once the wheel is removed remove the brake assembly and tie it out of your way as this can cause a dangerous problem once the procedure goes further.
4- use the rented or borrowed [ or purchases] spring compression tool and compress each spring. It is best to have another person here to jack up the rear end as you compress both springs at the same time and remove as they lower the rear end.
Again I recommend you leave this dangerous dirty job to the pros. - - Hope this helps - see the diagram below for reference only.
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Mar 20, 2010 | 1998 Nissan Pathfinder

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How do i remove fuel rank and fuel pump out of my 1997 monte carlo 2dr..need to no how to install new fuel pump


remove the gas tank and it is on the top of the tank
its a bit involved you might want to let your mechAnic do it
figure around 500 bucks

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